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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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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

October 17, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

For at least the fifth time this year, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged as part of a public school curriculum. This time it’s at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois, and CBLDF recently joined with other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to urge that…

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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

October 11, 2017
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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Annandale, Minnesota has chosen to keep Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 9th grade curriculum despite calls from a small group of parents to ban it due to “explicit language.” CBLDF and other sponsors of the Kids’…

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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

October 6, 2017
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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

In response to a draconian censorship directive recently issued by the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, CBLDF this week joined with other member organizations of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending vast swathes of library and classroom materials in the district. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any…

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