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CBLDF Joins Protest Against Proposed Curriculum Review in Colorado

October 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Protest Against Proposed Curriculum Review in Colorado

By now most readers have probably heard about the proposed curriculum review committee in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school district. Over concerns that such a committee will censor educational content, CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest the move. Starting with Advanced Placement U.S. History, the committee would…

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Scott McCloud and Larry Marder Talk Comics Censorship in San Diego!

September 30, 2014
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Scott McCloud and Larry Marder Talk Comics Censorship in San Diego!

The last stop on CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Tour was San Diego, where we joined with co-sponsors Comic-Con International and the San Diego Public Library to present a “Beware of Comics!” conversation with Scott McCloud and Larry Marder. The evening was a great success thanks to the organizers, participants, and attendees! CBLDF Executive Director Charles…

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Watch Last Week’s Copyright vs. Creativity Panel at NYU Law!

September 30, 2014
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Watch Last Week’s Copyright vs. Creativity Panel at NYU Law!

During CBLDF’s event-filled Banned Books Week, Executive Director Charles Brownstein joined a panel last Tuesday at the NYU School of Law entitled “Copyright vs. Creativity: Is Intellectual Property Reserved for the 1%?” Along with Ricky Rouse Has a Gun author Jörg Tittel and NYU Law professors Christopher Sprigman and Barton Beebe, Brownstein discussed whether copyright…

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Persepolis Suspended from Curriculum in Another Illinois High School

September 29, 2014
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Persepolis Suspended from Curriculum in Another Illinois High School

Over the weekend, CBLDF and other member organizations in the National Coalition Against Censorship became aware of yet another challenge to Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, this time at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois. There is no news coverage of the issue as yet, but we’re told that the book has been suspended from a 12th…

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Painted Drum Challenge Denied in Minnesota

September 26, 2014
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Painted Drum Challenge Denied in Minnesota

Our eventful Banned Books Week is coming to a close with some good news: a challenge to Louise Erdrich’s novel The Painted Drum in the author’s home state of Minnesota was unanimously denied Wednesday by an 11-member review committee of the Rochester Public School District. Michelle Kalina, the mother of a high school student assigned…

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Congrats to the Cameron Post Essay Contest Winners!

September 25, 2014
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Congrats to the Cameron Post Essay Contest Winners!

After Delaware’s Cape Henlopen School Board eliminated an entire summer reading list amidst controversy over a challenge to The Miseducation of Cameron Post, member organizations of the National Coalition Against Censorship decided to make lemonade from those lemons. CBLDF and seven other organizations that fight for free speech sponsored an essay contest encouraging Delaware high…

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10 Free Speech Superheroes for Banned Books Week 2014

September 25, 2014
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10 Free Speech Superheroes for Banned Books Week 2014

This Banned Books Week, we want to give some extra props to some of the people we’ve covered this year who weren’t afraid to speak up and fight censorship. They may look like mild-mannered teachers, librarians, school officials, and authors, but they’re superheroes to us! Little Brother author Cory Doctorow When a high school principal…

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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

September 24, 2014
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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

A local minister’s effort to remove books dealing with vampires and the occult from the Young Adult section of the public library in Cleveland, Texas failed last week when the city council met to address the issue. In response to the challenge from Rev. Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle Church, Library Director Mary…

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Pennsylvania School District Cancels Spamalot, Fires Teacher for Protesting

September 23, 2014
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Pennsylvania School District Cancels Spamalot, Fires Teacher for Protesting

The South Williamsport Area School District in Pennsylvania has landed itself in a fine mess after first cancelling a planned production of Monty Python’s Spamalot due to “homosexual themes,” and then firing drama teacher Dawn Burch in apparent retaliation for speaking out in protest. This week CBLDF joined a coalition of free speech organizations asking…

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Persepolis Challenged in Oregon School District

September 22, 2014
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Persepolis Challenged in Oregon School District

Banned Books Week is starting off with a bang, as we learned late Friday that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis faces a challenge from parents in the Three Rivers School District in southwest Oregon. At a school board meeting last week, one parent complained that the book contained language he wasn’t permitted to say before the audience,…

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