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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

December 2, 2016
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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

Update 12/2/16: After a public meeting attended by over 100 people last night, Dubuque Community Schools’ review committee unanimously voted to retain The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the curriculum. More than 40 members of the public offered comments, and according to local news station KWWL “the overwhelming majority of those who spoke over…

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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

November 18, 2016
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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

The mother of a high school senior in Dubuque, Iowa has filed a challenge to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from classrooms in the Dubuque Community School District. Even though the Contemporary Literature teacher at Dubuque Hempstead High School already accommodated Jodi Lockwood’s request for an alternate assignment for her own…

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Cartoonist Rehired After 2-Month Free Speech Battle

July 5, 2016
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Editorial cartoonist Rick Friday has been rehired by the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News, the newspaper that fired him two months ago for tackling corporate greed in the farming industry. Friday, who had a 21-year long stint with the newspaper, was abruptly fired back in May after undisclosed sponsors cancelled their advertisements with the paper in response…

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Cartoonist Fired for Cartoon Criticizing Farm Industry CEOs

May 5, 2016
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A complaint from an advertiser has ended Rick Friday’s 21-year stint drawing cartoons for the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News. The prolific freelance cartoonist, who has drawn more than 1,000 cartoons for the paper, was let go after one company pulled their advertising over a Friday’s cartoon about corporate greed in farming. Friday took to Facebook last…

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Waterloo Ban on Absolutely True Diary

April 27, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Waterloo Ban on Absolutely True Diary

In advance of a school board meeting in Waterloo, Iowa this evening, CBLDF has joined with five other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to send a letter urging that the board follow district policy regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Curriculum director Debbie Lee,…

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Iowa Teachers Fight Ban of Absolutely True Diary

April 10, 2015
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Iowa Teachers Fight Ban of Absolutely True Diary

School district administrators and teachers in Waterloo, Iowa are currently locked in a debate as to whether Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is appropriate for middle school classrooms. The district’s curriculum director sent an email ordering the book’s removal on March 13, but at least five teachers have pushed back,…

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