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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

April 16, 2014
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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

In a week that has brought us ALA’s latest list of the ten most banned books (which inexplicably included Jeff Smith’s Bone!), we’re heartened to find that reason has ruled the day in Brainerd, Minnesota: The Brainerd school board voted to keep John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men — a school stalwart and frequently challenged book…

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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

April 15, 2014
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Preview Paul Pope’s ESCAPO this Saturday, Portion of Proceeds to Benefit CBLDF!

Indie artist/writer PAUL POPE is getting ready to celebrate his next project, the new edition of ESCAPO (Z2 Comics , Summer 2014).  His book preview event will be a full on mash-up of comics and music fans rockin’ out. Exclusive memorabilia by Paul Pope is being created for this event and will be for sale…

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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year for “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” Bone author and CBLDF Board…

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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 11, 2014
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Lenny Bruce: When Censorship Ain’t No Joke

April 3 marked the 50th anniversary of Lenny Bruce’s arrest in New York on obscenity charges. His crime? Using phrases such as “jack me off,” “nice tits,” and “go come in a chicken” in his stand up routine. Within the year, he was convicted of obscenity, a conviction that would stand until 2003, when New York…

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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

April 10, 2014
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Recent Studies Negate Idea that Violence in Video Games Causes Real World Violence

Despite overwhelming evidence otherwise, violent video games have long been a scapegoat for politicians, pundits, and more when discussing the causes of real world violence. Two recent studies have added to the evidence that strongly contradicts the idea that the violence in video games correlates to real world violence. In the first study, scientists at…

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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

April 4, 2014
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Washington Post Pulls Pearls Before Swine Strip

Last Sunday, Washington Post readers might have been surprised to find a rerun of the popular Pearls Before Swine comic strip in the print edition of the paper. The paper decided to pull the strip over the use of one word: “midget.” In the strip, Rat and Goat discuss terms that were once acceptable, such…

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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

April 4, 2014
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TODAY: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

Today, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, today is a nation-wide day of action protesting the censorship of the Internet at public libraries. As a…

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Be a REAL HERO with CBLDF at ECCC!

March 28, 2014
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Be a REAL HERO with CBLDF at ECCC!

This weekend the CBLDF makes a return to one of our favorite shows of the year, Emerald City Comic Con. To celebrate this event, we have partnered once again with our friends at Image Comics to present an exclusive CBLDF Liberty Variant for their newest launch Real Heroes, by the legendary Bryan Hitch! These covers…

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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

March 28, 2014
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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

On April 4, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, April 4 is a nation-wide day of action protesting the censorship of the Internet at public…

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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

March 28, 2014
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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

In this day and age, you’d think that politicians would recognize that technology-savvy users will always find a way around attempts to ban popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Turkey’s attempt to block the latter certainly backfired, and cartoonists have been on the frontlines of the anti-censorship movement. Turkey’s prime minister, Recep…

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