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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

May 15, 2015
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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

City officials in San Bernardino, California, last week agreed to restore a painting of a nude fairy to its place in a public library exhibit after the National Coalition Against Censorship said its removal raised “serious constitutional concerns.” The painting by Rose Loya, called “Free Spirit Fairy,” is part of an exhibit from the Inland…

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San Francisco Celebrates Ron Turner Day in Style

May 7, 2015
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San Francisco Celebrates Ron Turner Day in Style

Underground comix legend and Last Gasp founder Ron Turner got some well-deserved recognition from his home city of San Francisco this week, as the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum presented him their annual Sparky Award which “celebrates the significant contributions of cartoon artists who embody the talent, innovation, and humanity” of…

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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

May 5, 2015
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Anime News Network Highlights Banned Manga

A recent feature from Anime News Network about 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe brought to our attention a few instances of manga censorship that we haven’t covered because they predate our news blog by a few years. We did some digging to see what we could turn up, so read on for more! Perhaps…

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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

January 27, 2015
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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

Citing a “misunderstanding,” the Long Beach, California public library yesterday invited local artist Lethia Cobbs to return a doll that a library employee had told her to remove from her artwork earlier this month. The piece includes a white police officer standing over an armless–literally “unarmed”–black man lying on the ground. The police tableau is…

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Victory in Riverside! The Fault in Our Stars Returned to Middle Schools

December 9, 2014
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Last night the school board in Riverside, California voted 3-2 to restore John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to middle school libraries, after it had been banned by a staff review committee in September. CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship had reminded the board and district administrators of the constitutional…

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NCAC Urges Riverside District to Reinstate The Fault in Our Stars

December 8, 2014
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Following up on the September removal of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools in Riverside, California, CBLDF again today joins a coalition of free speech and publishing organizations in urging the school board to reconsider the ban. A letter on behalf of the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project at the…

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Kings Canyon Parents Want Black Swan Green Out of Class

October 9, 2014
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Kings Canyon Parents Want Black Swan Green Out of Class

Some parents in central California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District are demanding the removal of David Mitchell’s novel Black Swan Green from the high school curriculum, with one father calling the book “inappropriate, amoral and disgusting.” District officials point out that students only read excerpts from the book for class, but it apparently was already…

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Riverside School District May Review Challenge Policy After Fault Ban

October 7, 2014
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Riverside School District May Review Challenge Policy After Fault Ban

Some Riverside, California school board members are urging a revision of policies on library book selection and challenges after a review committee recently banned John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools. The procedures do not appear to be clearly spelled out in current board policy. Although the board does not seem to…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition to Fight Ban of The Fault in Our Stars

October 3, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition to Fight Ban of The Fault in Our Stars

Following the recent ban of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools in Riverside, California, CBLDF today joins the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project and other member organizations of the National Coalition Against Censorship in urging Riverside Unified School District to reinstate the book. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to…

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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

August 21, 2014
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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

Everyone knows that art is not always pretty or positive. Its purpose often is to comment on the surrounding world, causing viewers to reflect on society and their own preconceived notions. But particularly in the United States it seems, disruptive art that makes its way out of museums and galleries and into the streets frequently…

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