The nation is in turmoil. Our values and our lives are being threatened, to speak nothing of our rights and our freedoms. We will not back down or stop what we’re doing; on the contrary, we will be more deliberate and more committed.

In the immediate aftermath of the election on Nov 8, we felt an impulse to do something… to gather, if nothing more, to discuss what happens next: what it is our responsibility to do next; what it is in our power to do next. A small group of Bay Area writers and residents with these same questions converged with a now international movement called Writers Resist; Quiet Lightning is proud to have a small part in organizing this inaugural event on January 15, 2017, as a first public step in a more active resistance:

Writers Resist

A night of readings and recommitment to Democracy.

This event is a benefit for the International Institute of the Bay Area, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Transgender Law Center.

Join us for readings by Bay Area writers that share a commitment to fighting injustice and inspire us to do the same, including:

Jason Bayani
MK Chavez
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Natasha Dennerstein
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Jane Hirshfield
Bich Minh Nguyen
D.A. Powell
Ishmael Reed
Tennessee Reed
Margaret Rhee
Elena Rose
Solmaz Sharif
Kevin Simmonds
Arisa White
Javier Zamora
Emcee: Baruch Porras-Hernandez
Music by Dusty Shores

If you can’t make the event, but still want to support these critical organizations, visit:

Bay Area WRITERS RESIST is part of an international network of literary artists and organizations committed to using writing to encourage and inspire resistance against the injustices threatening so many of us across the country.

Presented in partnership with: Foglifter Press, Fourteen Hills: the SFSU Review, Left Margin Lit, Liminal, Lone Glen, Omnidawn, Queer Rebels, Starline Social Club, University of San Francisco MFA In Writing program, and Voz Sin Tinta.

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100-days-action#100DaysAction is a reaction to the election calling on people to stage performances, actions, and gestures as a counternarrative to Trump’s 100-day plan. You can read more about it—and find out how to submit your event/action/gesture here.

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A Library of Resistance: Check out this incredible community-created, community-shared and -edited, living library of resistance.

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda: Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.

If you have other resources you think we should know about and/or would like us to list here, please send a line to evan AT quietlightning DOT org; as always, we’re open to any ideas you might have about how Quiet Lightning can do better and be better. If you’d like to help, either with advice or initiative, please be in touch.