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Bill Watch — Oklahoma Senate Bill 1142

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New legislation was introduced today in Oklahoma that targets books in schools and will strengthen censors in the state. Senate Bill 1142, written by State Senator Rob Standridge, gives a single parent the authority to remove books from schools and allow…

CBLDF Joins NCAC Statement to Stand Against Censorship in Schools

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NCAC (National Coalition Against Censorship) released a statement today signed by CBLDF and over 600 other organizations, publishers, bookstores, and individuals. The statement condemns the organized attacks occurring across the United States that have targeted books in schools by or…

New Apple Security May Lead to Problems

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Last month, Apple announced new security precautions they are implementing with help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). These new security precautions will scan images on iPhones and other iOS products and compare them to NCMEC’s…

Last Chance to Participate in the 2021 Comics in Education Survey

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Educators! Have you filled out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s second annual Comics in Education Survey? The survey will close August 31, 2021. The extended deadline is fast approaching. You can respond to the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBLDF2021. Everyone who completes the survey will…

Law Firm Fights Back with the Power of Comics

Mock Comic Book cover for court case Third Planet versus Crowne Plaza Hotel. T. J. Johnson looks on determined as cutlery and fire extiguishers hurtle down from above!

Clobbered by falling extinguishers! Fires erupting in the parking lot! What is a comic shop to do? Fight back with comics! A recent court filing on behalf of Third Planet Sci-Fi and Fantasy Superstore included a thirteen-page comic explaining their…

Victory! Supreme Court Issues Mahanoy Decision

Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court issued their opinion on Mahanoy v. B.L. In an 8–1 ruling, the Justices decided that the Mahanoy Area School District violated the First Amendment rights of B.L. The case revolved around B.L., a cheerleader, who was removed from…

Persepolis Removed from Required Reading List for “Graphic Nature”

Persepolis

It has appeared on numerous “Best of” lists, including The Guardian 100 Best Books of the 21st Century, it has won multiple awards and weathered numerous challenges. Despite all that, Persepolis is still causing controversy twenty years after its publication date. Long Island’s…

2 Marvel Films May See Opposition to Release in China

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According to a recent report from Variety, not all of the Marvel Studios Phase Four films will necessarily have a release in China. In a recent announcement for Phase Four, CCTV 6, a Chinese channel monitored by the propaganda department, only…

First Amendment Rights of Students Argued Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the oral arguments for Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. This potential landmark case concerns the First Amendment rights of students in public schools. The main argument of the case is whether the Tinker decision from…

Jason Reynolds Announced as Honorary Chair for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week has just announced Jason Reynolds as the inaugural Honorary Chair for this year’s Banned Books Week. Reynolds, an award-winning and bestselling author, will be headlining the event, which will take place September 26 – October 2, 2021.…