Posts Tagged ‘ national coalition against censorship ’

Proposed Book Banning Law Defeated in Maine

February 15, 2019
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Proposed Book Banning Law Defeated in Maine

February 11, 2019, LD 94, a bill proposed in Maine that would criminalize educators for assigning or providing “obscene” materials, was unanimously rejected by the legislative committee. The bill was initially proposed after Representative Amy Arata, discovered her son had been assigned Kafka on the Shore, a critically acclaimed novel by best-selling author Haruki Murakami. In…

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LGBTQIA Victory in Kansas Library

February 14, 2019
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LGBTQIA Victory in Kansas Library

  Transgender Kids’ Books Will Remain Accessible According to The Wichita Eagle, the Andover Public Library board of directors has voted – nearly unanimously – to protect the rights of their patrons regardless of age. This is the conclusion of a challenge from one patron back in September to remove LGBTQIA kid books, Lily and Dunkin, I…

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CBLDF Fights for LGBTQIA Kids Books Under Attack

February 8, 2019
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CBLDF Fights for LGBTQIA Kids Books Under Attack

CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project, are standing up with the Andover Public Librarians and imploring them to continue to protect the First Amendment right of all of their patrons. Back in September, a patron of the Andover Library complained about LGBTQIA books, specifically citing I am Jazz, Lily and Dunkin, and George by…

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CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project Stand Up for Manga

February 8, 2019
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CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project Stand Up for Manga

CBLDF reported last week that popular manga, Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui was pulled from a school library on Staten Island, without adhering to the New York City Department of Education guidelines. The comic is currently pending review by an evaluation committee, but in the meantime, it remains unavailable to readers who may find insight…

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Fun Home Removed Without Review in NJ High School Library

January 30, 2019
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Fun Home Removed Without Review in NJ High School Library

Information is coming to light that the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, has been removed from a high school library in New Jersey without following the appropriate procedures for challenging instructional materials. The removal occurred after administrators learned about another challenge to the graphic novel in the same state, most…

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Supreme Court Rejects Petition from Prison Legal News

January 9, 2019
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Supreme Court Rejects Petition from Prison Legal News

On Monday, January 7th the Supreme Court rejected a First Amendment dispute over the Florida Department of Corrections statewide ban of Prison Legal News (PLN), a magazine distributed monthly by Human Rights Defense Center. The ban has been in place since 2009, and the potential Supreme Court appeal of it had generated support in the…

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Forbidden Books Humble Bundle Benefits Banned Books Week & CBLDF!

September 19, 2018
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Forbidden Books Humble Bundle Benefits Banned Books Week & CBLDF!

Celebrate Banned Books Week in Humble Bundle style with the new Forbidden Books Bundle, a collection of banned and challenged books by some of the world’s most influential authors San Francisco, CA – September 19, 2018 – From The Color Purple to Saga, Lauren Myracle to Neil Gaiman, even kids classics from And Tango Makes…

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CBLDF & NCAC Speak Out To Protect LGBT Books In Maine!

September 17, 2018
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CBLDF & NCAC Speak Out To Protect LGBT Books In Maine!

Comics Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship have joined together to speak out against the challenge Rumford Public Library is facing to their Banned Books Week display. Below is the statement released today by the organizations in support of the library. A group of pastors in Rumford, Maine are attempting to have…

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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

June 5, 2018
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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

After the recent attack on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in New Jersey, CBLDF and the Kids Right to Read Project drafted a letter of support to encourage the Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School to stand behind their own curriculum. Fun Home Was assigned to several senior English…

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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2018
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Joan E. Bertin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime free speech advocate and previous Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Joan E. Bertin, is going to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for her exemplary history of protecting the First Amendment. Bertin started her career working in the nonprofit legal sector — initially representing…

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