Legal

Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

February 14, 2018
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Court Grants Zunar’s Ban Challenge

Cartoonist Zunar has been granted leave for a judicial review of his challenge to the ban to his book Sapuman: Man of Steal. Zunar filed the legal action in early January. The next court date for the challenge is February 27. Despite concerns from the international community, as voiced by United Nations envoy Karima Bennoune,…

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South Dakota Bill Would Ban Transgender Discussion with Students

February 14, 2018
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South Dakota Bill Would Ban Transgender Discussion with Students

South Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit gender identity from being discussed in elementary and middle school classrooms. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Phil Jensen (R) thinks that gender issues are not age appropriate, and wants children to focus on “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” The bill, SB 160, would be the first in…

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Indiana Fails to Restore Student’s First Amendment Rights

February 9, 2018
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Indiana Fails to Restore Student’s First Amendment Rights

Indiana’s House Bill 1016, which sought to reinstate student journalists First Amendment rights, failed 47 – 45, missing by four votes the constitutional majority required to pass it to the Senate. This outcome closely echoes the hollow victory of a similar bill last year, which passed the house 88 – 4, only to die in…

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Last Week for Guantanamo Art

January 22, 2018
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Last Week for Guantanamo Art

This week could be your last chance to ever see the art exhibit from Guantanamo Bay detainees, it closes Friday, January 26th.  Since the November shift in policy from the U.S. military, art made by inmates is no longer allowed to leave the base. Even if the artist of the piece is released, the art…

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Congressional Art Contest Winner

January 9, 2018
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Congressional Art Contest Winner

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has joined with a diverse group of nonprofits advocating for free expression and the arts in filing an amicus brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief is in support of Missouri representative William Clay and David Pulphus, an artist who is Clay’s constituent, appealing the courts…

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Grand Theft Auto V

January 5, 2018
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Grand Theft Auto V

On December 27, 2017, CBLDF filed an amicus brief with nine other media organizations, asking the New York Court of Appeals to reject actress Lindsey Lohan’s and former Mob Wives star Karen Gravano’s invitation to expand the state’s right of publicity law by broadening New York Civil Rights Law Section 51. The brief states that…

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Support CBLDF Today For 2017 Tax-Deductions!

December 29, 2017
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Support CBLDF Today For 2017 Tax-Deductions!

CBLDF made a major difference in the fight for free expression this year. Help us continue this important work by making a tax-deductible donation today! Donations made before the end of the year are tax-deductible in 2017.  Become a CBLDF member today to grab exclusive 2017 membership premiums, designed by Vanesa R. Del Rey, before they’re gone! You…

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VICTORY: Judge Stops Arizona’s Ban of Mexican-American Studies

December 29, 2017
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VICTORY: Judge Stops Arizona’s Ban of Mexican-American Studies

Judge A. Wallace Tashima has ruled that the Arizona law targeting Tucson’s lauded Mexican American Studies program is unconstitutional and that the state cannot ban ethnic studies programs. Tashima, who had upheld the law in previous decisions, ruled in Acosta et al v. Huppenthal that the law was “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial…

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2017: CBLDF Takes Legal Action

December 28, 2017
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2017: CBLDF Takes Legal Action

CBLDF’s legal efforts in 2017 protected our community, overturned unconstitu-tional laws, and preserved the right to free expression. Some highlights: California’s “Autograph Law” The Fund helped facilitate the replacement of California’s flawed autograph law, protecting the rights of comics retailers, artists, and bookstores. More: VICTORY! CA “Autograph Law” Replaced, Protecting Comics Retailers & Artists CBLDF…

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore BUCK to Classrooms in Maryland

December 21, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore BUCK to Classrooms in Maryland

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in calling for the restoration of BUCK: A Memoir by M.K. Asante to Baltimore County School District classrooms. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique…

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