Dear Mayor Tutunjian,
I am writing to express my dismay at the unfair closing of the Sanctuary for Independent Media yesterday. You have been working hand in hand with Steve Pierce and Branda Miller towards the remediation of all code violations as the funds are received by the Sanctuary and work proceeds.
Because of the controversial nature of the show by artist Wafaa Bilal – Virtual Jihadi – your official called immediately before the show was to open citing code violations to close down the Sanctuary. This action is censorship pure and simple.
I am very saddened that your office does not support freedom of speech our constitutional right.
I hope that you will rescind this egregious action and recognize the important cultural work that is done at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Deep Listening institute. Ltd.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute