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Colombian Cartoonist Sued Over Political Pig

March 15, 2018
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Colombian Cartoonist Sued Over Political Pig

Cèsar Gonzàlez, a political cartoonist who goes by “Matador”, and El Tiempo, a newspaper in Colombia, are being sued by Attorney Josè Reyes Villamizar for a cartoon depicting presidential candidate Ivàn Duque as a pig. Villamizar alleges the cartoon infringes on the candidate’s right to a good name and is offensive. ”I do not think…

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Athens Bookshop Fights Censorship of LGBTQIA Book

March 14, 2018
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Athens Bookshop Fights Censorship of LGBTQIA Book

Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, ended a book fair early when a school’s administrator demanded they pull Richard Peck’s The Best Man off the sales floor, despite previously having agreed it could be displayed and sold. The book, which centers around a boy getting to be the best man when his uncle marries his male…

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Petition Against Part-Time Indian In Michigan

March 9, 2018
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Petition Against Part-Time Indian In Michigan

Parents of high school students in Midland, Michigan have opted to pass around a petition requesting the school ban Alexie Sherman’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, despite administrators clear instructions that they will only respond to a written request for further action. The YA novel about a teenage boy’s experiences growing up…

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Ramòn Esono Ebalè Released from False Imprisonment

March 8, 2018
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Ramòn Esono Ebalè Released from False Imprisonment

After being falsely imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea for five months and nineteen days, political cartoonist Ramòn Esono Ebalè was finally released on March 7th. It had been just over a week since the one day trial of Ebalè, where the prosecutor asked for the counterfeiting and forgery charges to be dropped due to lack of…

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CBLDF Joins Letter Urging Cody, WY to Reconsider Censorship

March 6, 2018
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CBLDF Joins Letter Urging Cody, WY to Reconsider Censorship

Cody school district recently banned Tanya Stone’s A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl despite a previous vote to retain it, 7 – 2, by the official KEC committee convened to review the YA book. CBLDF has joined with other freedom of expression groups to cosign the Kids’ Right to Read Project letter…

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Looking for Alaska Pulled from School Libraries

March 5, 2018
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Looking for Alaska Pulled from School Libraries

John Greene’s Printz Award-Winning Looking for Alaska has been pulled from West Ada School District middle school libraries in Idaho without following the formal reconsideration guidelines. The book had been only been available in the library and was not on any middle school curriculum in West Ada, which is why district spokesperson Eric Exline feels…

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CBLDF Needs Your Help! Do You Read, Sell, or Shelve Comics?

March 2, 2018
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CBLDF Needs Your Help! Do You Read, Sell, or Shelve Comics?

Ensuring the freedom to read starts with ensuring the best access to books possible. With that in mind Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has partnered with graduate students at University of Washington iSchool to figure out how everyone finds comic books (or doesn’t) in their local libraries. With this quick survey we can improve the way…

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Join CBLDF at ECCC, Starting Today! Booth #2116

March 1, 2018
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Join CBLDF at ECCC, Starting Today! Booth #2116

Make CBLDF your first stop today at Emerald City Comic Con! We’re at Booth #2116 so come by and say hi! While you’re here, make sure to check out our killer selection of CBLDF merch and signed graphic novels. Every purchase is a donation to CBLDF (so remember that when you are explaining to your…

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Students – Know Your Rights!

March 1, 2018
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National Coalition Against Censorship has published a shareable guide to First Amendment rights for student protesters. The resource explains what parts of the students’ rights of assembly and speech are protected under the First Amendment, and what actions can be risky or get a protest legally shut down. The NCAC designed the guide so that…

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Join Us for The Art of March: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

February 28, 2018
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Join Us for The Art of March: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

The Society of Illustrators and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund graciously request your presence at the Opening Reception of The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece   Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1st 6pm – 9pm Honoring Nate Powell, who will be in attendance Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street New York City 212 838 2560 Suggested Donation…

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