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Check out The Project Censored Show About Banned Books Week

September 28, 2018
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Check out The Project Censored Show About Banned Books Week

Go behind the scenes of Banned Books Week, and learn more about those fighting on the front lines of free expression. The Project Censored Show released an episode featuring interviews with Abena Hutchful who runs National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Project, Banned Books Week Coordinator Betsy Gomez, and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein.…

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Louisiana Mayor Critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

August 24, 2018
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Louisiana Mayor Critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

Lafayette, Louisiana Mayor-President, Joel Robideaux, expressed concern over an upcoming Drag Queen Story Hour at the local public library, going so far as to say he would look into canceling or moving the event. The October event is designed to amuse and engage children from 3-6 while teaching them about inclusion and acceptance. The Drag…

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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

August 20, 2018
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Free Speech Groups Protest Presidential Intimidation of Simon & Schuster

CBLDF has joined a coalition of Free Speech advocacy groups in protesting President Trump’s legal intimidation of Simon & Schuster for the publication of Omorosa Manigault-Newman’s book Unhinged. The President threatened legal action against the publisher, asserting that it could be punished for publication of this title. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and…

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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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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

May 15, 2018
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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

In an unbelievably predictable turn of events, Keith Flaugh with the Florida Citizens’ Alliance is causing problems for Collier County School Board by claiming approved science textbooks don’t meet the criteria HB 989, which states that all educational materials must be balanced and noninflammatory. “I’m here to tell you that it’s not up to the…

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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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Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

February 12, 2018
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Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

Today, the beloved YA author, free speech advocate, kick-ass feminist, and all around amazing human being, Judy Blume turned 80. Blume has sold more than 80 million books worldwide, written over twenty best selling novels, and essentially created the space between children’s and adult literature (YA was not a category that was around when she…

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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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2017: Free Speech Offenders and Defenders!

December 22, 2017
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2017: Free Speech Offenders and Defenders!

The National Coalition Against Censorship, CBLDF’s frequent partner in the fight for free expression, has named their free speech offenders and defenders for 2017. Let’s take a look at some of the free speech heroes and villains that CBLDF helped support (or fight!) this year… DEFENDER: Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO) Congressman William Lacy Clay led…

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CBLDF Defends A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl in Wyoming

December 1, 2017
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CBLDF Defends A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl in Wyoming

CBLDF has joined the defense of Tanya Stone’s A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl after it was challenged at Cody High School in Wyoming. In early November, a parent complained about sexual content in the book, demanding its removal from the school library. While parents are within their rights to make decisions for…

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