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PEN America Notes Chilling Effect of U.S. Immigration Restrictions

March 7, 2017
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PEN America Notes Chilling Effect of U.S. Immigration Restrictions

Even before the second version of President Trump’s travel ban was unveiled yesterday, the general unease over immigration restrictions and possible detention or questioning at U.S. ports of entry was already causing a chilling effect for international writers and artists considering a visit to the country, according to a statement from PEN America. Obviously the…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Return of Eleanor & Park to Oregon School District

March 7, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Return of Eleanor & Park to Oregon School District

CBLDF last week joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter protesting the removal of Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor & Park from the eighth grade curriculum in the Yamhill-Carlton School District in Oregon. The school board ignored its challenge policy when it voted to ban the book in January, but later backtracked…

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CBLDF Joins Letter Asking VA Governor to Again Veto ‘Beloved Bill’

March 3, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Letter Asking VA Governor to Again Veto ‘Beloved Bill’

CBLDF signed on to yet another letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship regarding Virginia’s resilient ‘Beloved bill’ which was vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe last year, defeated as a proposed State Board of Education regulation in January, and brought up again as legislation in the General Assembly last month. The bill would require school…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Return for Second Year

March 2, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Return for Second Year

Much like Virginia, the state of Florida now has its own set of “zombie bills” that have returned to the legislature for the second year running, in an attempt to weaken education standards and allow any taxpayer–not just parents–to raise objections to instructional materials. House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 were allowed to die…

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Fourteen Banned and Challenged Comics by Women

March 1, 2017
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Fourteen Banned and Challenged Comics by Women

Throughout Women’s History Month, we’re bringing you a series of posts featuring significant comics work by women. First up: Comics by women or centered on female characters that have been banned or challenged in the past, either in the U.S. or abroad.   1. A Child’s Life & The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe…

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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

February 28, 2017
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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

Five popular, award-winning, and critically praised novels were recently removed from an alternative reading list for high school students in Nome, Alaska after parent complaints, leading to a contentious public debate at a school board meeting last week where other parents came out in support of the books. By the end of the meeting Sherman…

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Stuck in the Middle Challenged in Oklahoma School

February 27, 2017
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Stuck in the Middle Challenged in Oklahoma School

An Oklahoma middle school last week pulled the comic anthology Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age off of shelves after one parent called it “trash” and complained of vulgarities, sexual references, and drug use in some of the stories. Although one egregiously biased local news report suggested that the book is permanently banned,…

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Rep. Clay Files Lawsuit Over Removal of Student Art Contest Painting

February 24, 2017
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Rep. Clay Files Lawsuit Over Removal of Student Art Contest Painting

Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to protect the First Amendment rights of his constituent David Pulphus, whose painting on the theme of police violence was repeatedly removed from the wall of a U.S. Capitol complex office building by other members of Congress last month. The painting had hung undisturbed…

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Saudi Fans Flock to Kingdom’s First Comic Con

February 23, 2017
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Saudi Fans Flock to Kingdom’s First Comic Con

Saudi fans of comics and all things geek made history last week with the kingdom’s first ever Comic Con. Despite fevered criticism from traditionalists who accused them of “devil worshipping,” men and women alike put on their best cosplay and mingled together in what one anime enthusiast and vendor called “a dream come true.” About…

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Wisconsin Parent Wants The Glass Castle Out of Curriculum

February 22, 2017
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Wisconsin Parent Wants The Glass Castle Out of Curriculum

A parent in Marshfield, Wisconsin has filed a challenge to Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, saying that high school students “deserve better” than a book he describes as “full of foul language, and explicit and disturbing materials.” In accordance with its challenge policy, the Marshfield School District will form a review committee to read…

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