The freedom to express oneself is always important and as Americans we take it for granted. Even as the American experiment enters a new frontier of authoritarianism and alternative facts, we are still being reminded of how good we have it. Until the curtains of censorship finally fall on the stage of democracy, we can take solace in the acts of protests we provide through mass demonstration and artistic license. Individuals in other countries don’t have that luxury. City of Asylum Pittsburgh understands this by providing sanctuary to literary authors who have been threatened and oppressed in their own country. I met Venezuelan-author Israel Centeno there in 2012 and he allowed me a candid glimpse into his life in exile as a refugee. He told me of his nearly fatal time after the publication of his novel El Complot angered the Chavez regime, and how his journey and eventual shelter in the United States gave him hope for a stabile future. As individuals of a country that now represents the great divide within the world, we must maintain and cherish our unalienable right to create, defend and challenge statements of dissent. Israel Centeno almost died making statements such as these. Luckily we don’t have these concerns. Or maybe our time just isn’t here yet.