On April 20, 2014, Turkish sociologist and PEN Honorary Member Professor Ismail Beşikçi was prevented from boarding a plane to the United States at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbull, Turkey. This was based on unspecified security reasons, despite having been issued a valid visa to travel by the Department of State.
The Maryland and D.C. Chapters of the NLG, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) submitted this letter to the Conference Committee for the Budget of the Maryland General Assembly, expressing concern over the proposed Amendment 923228/1 of Budget Bill SB 170.
The 2013 Convention in Puerto Rico was the first ever NLG Convention held in a U.S. colony. The event's location inspired vibrant discussion about the island's colonial status, as members learned about the Puerto Rican independence movement and the work of political prisoners such as Oscar López Rivera and our keynote speaker, Rafael Cancel Miranda.