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Pediatric Association Issues Unrealistic Guidelines on “Virtual Violence”

August 26, 2016
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Pediatric Association Issues Unrealistic Guidelines on “Virtual Violence”

The American Academy of Pediatrics last month issued a new policy statement on “virtual violence” in TV, movies, and video games. Despite the absence of any clear link between violent media and real-world aggressive behavior in young people, the professional organization made some alarming recommendations — including that the federal government should create a comprehensive…

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Gene Luen Yang: Diverse Books Break Down Barriers

August 25, 2016
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Gene Luen Yang: Diverse Books Break Down Barriers

In his current term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, American Born Chinese and Boxers/Saints creator Gene Luen Yang has chosen a theme of “Reading Without Walls.” During his two-year ambassadorship, Yang is encouraging readers at the schools and libraries he visits to read books by and about people whose experience is different from…

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New Zealand Newspaper Shocked to Find Adult Comic in Adult Section of Library

August 23, 2016
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New Zealand Newspaper Shocked to Find Adult Comic in Adult Section of Library

A New Zealand newspaper seems to be looking for controversy where there is none, suggesting in a recent article that Brandon Graham’s erotic comic Perverts of the Unknown may be inappropriate for local library collections even though it’s correctly shelved in the adult section and there is no other indication that local residents have objected…

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ACLU Settles Lawsuit for TN Student Barred from Wearing “Gay” Shirt

August 22, 2016
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ACLU Settles Lawsuit for TN Student Barred from Wearing “Gay” Shirt

With help from the state chapter of the ACLU, students in Giles County, Tennessee have won the right to wear clothing with pro-LGBT images or symbols in public schools. Rebecca Young, a 2016 graduate of Richland High School, had filed a lawsuit against the district after the school’s principal publicly reprimanded her last year for…

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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #7, Featuring BRIAN STELFREEZE, FOCs Monday!

August 19, 2016
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RETAILERS: CBLDF Defender #7, Featuring BRIAN STELFREEZE, FOCs Monday!

Black Panther Protects Free Speech! CBLDF talks to Brian Stelfreeze and more in the latest issue of CBLDF Defender, out September 14, 2016. Retailers, FOC is Monday 8/22 (JUN161362), so now’s the time to stock up on this issue! Get a behind the scenes look at Marvel’s hit reincarnation of Black Panther with artist Brian Stelfreeze, who shares his thoughts on working…

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Back to School with Comics: Resources for Educators and Librarians

August 19, 2016
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Back to School with Comics: Resources for Educators and Librarians

As educators and librarians gear up for a new school year, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight our free resources designed to help students — and everyone else — love and appreciate comics! Comics Connector CBLDF’s Comics Connector is a directory resource that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors and other comics professionals who…

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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

August 18, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

Turkish-born cartoonist Dogan Güzel has been arrested in Istanbul along with more than 20 colleagues from the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, which has also been shut down by government order. Güzel, the recipient of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s very first Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award in 1999 and now a naturalized Spanish citizen, happened to…

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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

August 16, 2016
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Jordanian Writer Charged With Blasphemy for Sharing Cartoon

A Jordanian writer turned himself in over the weekend to face charges of insulting Islam with a cartoon that he shared on Facebook intending to mock the worldview of ISIS fighters. Nahed Hattar, a controversial left-wing Christian columnist and staunch supporter of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is currently jailed in Amman pending an investigation. The…

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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

August 5, 2016
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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

A parent in Chatham, New Jersey, is asking the local school district to remove excerpts of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States from the high school curriculum, claiming that the book encourages “one-way thinking” rather than critical thinking. During the public comment period at the most recent school board meeting on July…

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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

August 3, 2016
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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

Twenty years and a political generation ago, a psychologist who studied children’s perceptions of women leaders marketed a t-shirt through her local Walmart with an empowering message: a panel from Dennis the Menace with the character Margaret proclaiming that “Someday a woman will be president!” But the statement was too outrageous for some customers at…

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