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Ahmed Naji: “I Believe in Freedom of Expression”

February 17, 2017
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Ahmed Naji: “I Believe in Freedom of Expression”

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji served nearly a year in prison for “violating public modesty” when an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life was published in a state-run newspaper. Now free, the writer draws inspiration from his experience. “Before jail, I used to see myself mostly as a journalist and found it more difficult…

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RETAILERS: Orders for CBLDF Defender Are Due TODAY!

February 13, 2017
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RETAILERS: Orders for CBLDF Defender Are Due TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2017, CBLDF talks with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about censorship, Ms. Marvel’s role as symbol of protest, and more! Retailers, FOC is today (JAN171578), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender Vol. 2 #1 features an iconic cover of Ms. Marvel by Jamie…

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Portland: Join CBLDF in Supporting Our Muslim Community

February 8, 2017
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Portland: Join CBLDF in Supporting Our Muslim Community

This Friday, CBLDF is joining Books with Pictures and Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Portland to sponsor Comics Cards for Comfort, an event in support of Portland’s Muslim community. From 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., come to Books with Pictures (1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon), where you can use your creativity to make art and cards that will be distributed…

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NC School Board Considers Parental Notification Statement

February 7, 2017
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NC School Board Considers Parental Notification Statement

A Currituck County, North Carolina, school board member has revived the controversy over a 2013 book challenge to goad the district into a questionable parental notification statement. Board member Will Crodick resurrected criticism of A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, a critically-acclaimed novel by Tanya Lee Stone that was unsuccessfully challenged in 2013. The…

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Everything’s Orwellian: School Removes Animal Farm from Curriculum

February 3, 2017
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Everything’s Orwellian: School Removes Animal Farm from Curriculum

A school district in Stonington, Connecticut, has removed George Orwell’s classic dystopia Animal Farm from the eight-grade curriculum despite the protestations of a popular longtime teacher and several parents in the district. The book was removed from the district’s list of “anchor texts,” which means it can no longer be used as a part of…

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NYC High School Seniors Could Win Scholarship for Original Graphic Novel

February 2, 2017
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NYC High School Seniors Could Win Scholarship for Original Graphic Novel

New York City high school seniors have the chance to express themselves and take home up to a $10,000 scholarship for their original comics work, but they’ll need to act soon — entries in the contest must be postmarked by this Friday, February 3. The Penguin Random House Creative Writing Competition for NYC Public High…

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Is AZ Anti-Social Justice Bill A Troubling Sign of the Times?

January 24, 2017
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Is AZ Anti-Social Justice Bill A Troubling Sign of the Times?

A recently defeated bill in the Arizona state legislature proposed to ban social justice coursework in higher education. The bill follows a state law passed in 2010 and challenged by CBLDF specifically targeting Tucson’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program. Although defeated, the new bill reveals troubling and persistent divisions between lawmakers and educators on how…

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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of U.S. Capitol Painting Removal

January 20, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of U.S. Capitol Painting Removal

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to condemn the removal of a student’s painting from an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. “At a time of nationwide concerns about the future of our free speech protections, this decision is deeply disturbing,” said NCAC’s Director of Programs Svetlana Mintcheva. “We urge…

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Celebrate MLK and the Civil Rights Movement with Comics

January 16, 2017
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Celebrate MLK and the Civil Rights Movement with Comics

As we recognize Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate his legacy today, one way we can explore his contributions to civil rights is by reading comics. Whether you’re a comics fan looking for a way to learn more about Dr. King or a teacher looking for books to use in your classroom, there are graphic novels that…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman RESIST!

January 13, 2017
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman RESIST!

The November election and the events leading up to it left many with the desire to express themselves about the result. Among them were Francoise Mouly (The New Yorker) and Nadja Spiegelman (I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This), who have partnered with Gabe Fowler to produce RESIST!, a free 40-page protest newspaper featuring cartoons…

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