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THE INTERNATIONAL FREE EXPRESSION PROJECT is a newly organizing nonprofit organization devoted to dramatizing and popularizing the fundamental importance of free expression at a time when it is under threat by governments and extremists around the world.

A centerpiece of the project will be the construction of signature works of public art dedicated to a free press and free expression. They will stand at one of the most recognizable locations in the United States – near the confluence of three rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They will incorporate parts of the historic newspaper presses that published the Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for generations, as well as artifacts from other media and from the indigenous and immigrant peoples who built a nation rooted in the pursuit of freedom. Employing the latest in material, holographic and lighting technology, they will serve as the 21st century’s Statue of Liberty – a symbol of freedom and welcome to all.

The project also is organizing the creation and collection of thousands of artworks and artifacts representing free expression. These will pop up in various venues and eventually come to populate a permanent location – The International Center for Free Expression. The center is envisioned as a lively gathering place of food, beverage, music, performance, art and high technology. It will explode with expression. Here and there will be sprinkled captivating interactive and immersive activities that drive home the need to protect the right of all people to say what they want and be who they are. These innovative educational tools will be mounted online, making them accessible to anyone anywhere and available for use by teachers and advocacy groups worldwide.

 

The project also will call on schools, communities, institutions and individuals to help invent the International Center for Free Expression and to launch their own free-expression initiatives. Outreach will be targeted especially at young people.

Please support the International Free Expression Project. Please join those who already have signed on, such as actor/director Michael Keaton; TV anchor/author Tom Brokaw; 2015 Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich; historian David McCullough, Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron; Omar Rabago Vital, chair of the International Free Expression Exchange; Jillian York, director of international free expression for the Electronic Frontier Foundation; William Peduto, mayor of Pittsburgh; Jo Ellen Parker, president and CEO of Carnegie Museums; and many other institutions and individuals.

FreeExProject@gmail.com

Greg Victor
International Free Expression Project
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (on leave) / 412-576-1253 – mobile

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