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ALA’s Banned Book Video | A Call To Activism

April 10, 2018
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American Library Association released a video detailing their annual top ten list of most frequently challenged books. The video starts off with instances of censorship like an illustration of “To Kill a Mockingbird” scrawled on a chalkboard, paired with the narrator saying “imagine having a challenging discussion about a book in your English class then…

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CBLDF Leads Defense of Stuck in the Middle

March 6, 2017
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CBLDF Leads Defense of Stuck in the Middle

CBLDF has taken the lead in defending Ariel Schrag’s Stuck in the Middle, a comics anthology that has been challenged in an Oklahoma school library. Today, we signed a letter from the Kids’ Right to Read Project in support of the book. The letter also addresses concerns over school policy that requires that challenged materials be…

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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of U.S. Capitol Painting Removal

January 20, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of U.S. Capitol Painting Removal

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to condemn the removal of a student’s painting from an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. “At a time of nationwide concerns about the future of our free speech protections, this decision is deeply disturbing,” said NCAC’s Director of Programs Svetlana Mintcheva. “We urge…

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14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016

December 27, 2016
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14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016

CBLDF defended more than a dozen books from challenges and bans in 2016 — some of them were challenged on multiple occasions. Here’s a snapshot of what we did to defend the freedom to read this year… This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki In February, less than a week after This One Summer by…

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Abrams, Gackley Shelve Children’s Book Parody After Social Media Attacks

December 5, 2016
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Abrams, Gackley Shelve Children’s Book Parody After Social Media Attacks

At the request of the book’s author, Abrams is canceling future printings of Bad Little Children’s Books following a Twitter-storm that took sections from the satirical book out of context, mischaracterizing the book as bigoted. Late last week, CBLDF signed a National Coalition Against Censorship-authored letter of support for the publisher and the book. Bad Little Children’s…

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CBLDF Joins Statement Regarding Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Stifling of Free Speech

September 13, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Statement Regarding Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Stifling of Free Speech

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship condemning the boycott of an Ashland, Oregon, bookstore. The boycott resulted from the display of books that had been banned for racial reasons and was led by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which deemed the display “hurtful and offensive.” Due to financial hardship imposed by…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Challenged Book in MN School District

December 3, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Challenged Book in MN School District

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project and other freedom to read advocates to defend Gayle Forman’s Just One Day in a Minnesota school district. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique visual nature of comics makes them more…

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Removal of Paintings from Government Building Raises First Amendment Concerns

November 24, 2015
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Removal of Paintings from Government Building Raises First Amendment Concerns

National American Indian Heritage Month runs throughout the month of November, and Washington Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater, Washington, participated with an art exhibit featuring work by Native artists. But a decision to remove some pieces from the exhibit has raised First Amendment concerns. The four pieces in question were painted by Leonard…

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VICTORY: Censors Fail in Of Mice and Men Challenge

June 3, 2015
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In a 4-1 vote, the Coeur d’Alene School Board rejected a review committee’s recommendation to restrict John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men. Early last week, an ad hoc review committee comprised of both parents and community members came together to protest the inclusion of the 1937 novel in 9th grade classrooms, citing the…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho

May 28, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free speech advocates to protest an Idaho school district review committee’s recommendation that John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men be restricted in the 9th grade curriculum. Some parents and review committee members claim that the 1937 novella about migrant workers…

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