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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2018
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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime free speech advocate and previous Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Joan E. Bertin, is going to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for her exemplary history of protecting the First Amendment. Bertin started her career working in the nonprofit legal sector — initially representing…

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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

May 16, 2018
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Zunar’s Travel Ban Lifted by New Malaysian Government

After nearly two years of being unable to leave Malaysia, political cartoonist Zunar has finally had his travel ban lifted — and all it took was electing a new government. On Monday, May 13th, Zunar posted pictures to his Twitter account showing not only his reinstated ability to travel, but also the Immigration Department’s new…

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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

May 15, 2018
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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

In an unbelievably predictable turn of events, Keith Flaugh with the Florida Citizens’ Alliance is causing problems for Collier County School Board by claiming approved science textbooks don’t meet the criteria HB 989, which states that all educational materials must be balanced and noninflammatory. “I’m here to tell you that it’s not up to the…

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Calvin Reid Joins Freedom to Read Foundation

May 14, 2018
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Calvin Reid Joins Freedom to Read Foundation

Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the results of the 2018 election for the Board of Trustees. Among the new trustees is Calvin Reid, a crucial advocate in developing comics in the book trade. Reid, a senior editor at Publishers Weekly has covered First Amendment and freedom to read issues since he joined the PW…

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Teacher Appreciation Week – CBLDF Tools for Teachers

May 11, 2018
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Teacher Appreciation Week – CBLDF Tools for Teachers

2018′s Teacher Appreciation Week is coming to a close, but here at Comic Book Legal Defense Fund we want to remind educators that there are free resources available to teachers year round from CBLDF to help teach comics in the classroom. Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection This provides specific resources for…

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Why Musa Kart is an Optimist and Americans Can’t Afford to be

May 11, 2018
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“I believe in Turkey. I believe for Turks there is no night that lasts forever. Also in Turkey the daylight will return.” – Musa Kart Political Cartoonist, Musa Kart was honored for his bravery in the face of government oppression with the 2018 International Press Cartoon Prize by the Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace. This…

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Nate Powell & Charles Brownstein Talk March in NYC!

May 9, 2018
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Nate Powell & Charles Brownstein Talk March in NYC!

Nate Powell, the artist of Congressman John Lewis’s graphic novel memoir March was on hand at Society of Illustrators in New York last Friday to walk CBLDF members through his work as part of The Art of March: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, co-curated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and John Lind. Read on for audio…

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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

May 9, 2018
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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

Ramòn Esono Ebalè, the political cartoonist falsely imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea for over five months, continues to be held in the country awaiting his passport renewal. It has been over two months since the one day trial of Ebalè, where the prosecutor asked for the charges to be dropped due to lack of evidence. The…

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Talks Library Resources and Comics for Kids

May 8, 2018
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Talks Library Resources and Comics for Kids

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein took some time to sit down with Justin Azevedo fromThe Association for Library Service to Children’s Blog. The ALSC is a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, and many others involved with with children and literature who share the belief that exceptional library…

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Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

May 7, 2018
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Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

There’s one week left to apply for a 2018 Judith F. Krug Fund Banned Books Week grant! Each year Freedom to Read Foundation distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration. Libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged…

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