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NJ School Board Decides Fate of 13 Reasons Why & Todd Strasser Books

July 23, 2019
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NJ School Board Decides Fate of 13 Reasons Why & Todd Strasser Books

The Westwood Regional School District’s board will be meeting this Thursday, July 25, and decide the fate of three YA books that have been challenged by a group of parents claiming the works could do “irrevocable harm” if not pulled from the middle school. The books challenged include Todd Strasser’s Boot Camp and Can’t Get…

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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

June 14, 2019
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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

Monday, June 10, State Superior Court Judge Margaret Goodzeit granted dismissed the lawsuit against Watching Hills New Jersey School District for offering the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home as a reading choice. Further, the suit dismissal itself reads: “Order denying injunction and dismissing complaint with prejudice for failure to state a claim.” Meaning that the…

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Lawsuit Demands Fun Home Removed

May 15, 2019
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Lawsuit Demands Fun Home Removed

Almost a year after Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was successfully retained in a New Jersey school district, a lawsuit has been brought against school district employees in Watchung Hills alleging if the graphic novel isn’t removed, “minors will suffer irreparable harm and that New Jersey statutes will be violated.” The plaintiffs asked the…

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CBLDF Defends Students’ Right to Read in NJ!

April 26, 2019
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CBLDF Defends Students’ Right to Read in NJ!

Mere weeks after the graphic novel Fun Home was restored in a New Jersey school district, the policy (2530) that ushered in that victory was rewritten to drastically change the power for future decisions and remove all language in support of free speech. The new policy removes references to the intellectual freedom, literature reflecting the world we…

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Policy Change in NJ School District Paves Way for Censors

April 19, 2019
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Policy Change in NJ School District Paves Way for Censors

Earlier this year, two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District in New Jersey restricted access to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home against their own policies. The restriction was overturned at the end of February after CBLDF, co-sponsors of National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids Right to Read Project (KRRP) wrote a letter to Superintendent…

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New Jersey Considers Motion to Chuck Huckleberry Finn

March 25, 2019
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New Jersey Considers Motion to Chuck Huckleberry Finn

Lawmakers have proposed a resolution in New Jersey politely asking schools to ban Huckleberry Finn from their curriculum due to the excess of racist language in the book. The classic by Mark Twain is seen by many to be one of the first books to tackle the disgusting nature of racism in the early days of Jim…

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Victory! Fun Home Restored in New Jersey High Schools

February 26, 2019
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Victory! Fun Home Restored in New Jersey High Schools

Fun Home has been returned to the library shelves in North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District high schools. According to National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), the return happened as recently as February 21st. This is not just a victory for the organizations like Comic book Legal Defense Fund, NCAC, ACLU of New Jersey, and other free speech…

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Two New Jersey High Schools Restrict Fun Home

February 20, 2019
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Two New Jersey High Schools Restrict Fun Home

Two High Schools in North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District New Jersey have chosen to restrict access to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home. Administrators based their decision to examine the best-selling comic on a challenge to at another High School, likely one that wasn’t held up. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, co-sponsors of National Coalition Against…

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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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CBLDF LGBTQ Victories in 2018!

December 20, 2018
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CBLDF LGBTQ Victories in 2018!

This time of year it seems that everyone is asking readers to look deep in their hearts and wallets and consider making tax-deductible donations. It can become numbing to hear these pleas repetitively and not to hear about why these donations are crucial to protecting important freedoms in the year to come. So as a…

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