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Washington Parent Objects to Pixelated Genitals in Mangaman

November 1, 2016
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Washington Parent Objects to Pixelated Genitals in Mangaman

After coming across one instance of pixelated genitals in the YA graphic novel Mangaman, a mother in Issaquah, Washington, plans to formally request that the book be removed and/or restricted in the library at her 14-year-old son’s high school. In observance of their challenge policy, Issaquah School District administrators have pointed Shirley Lopez towards the…

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Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

October 20, 2016
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Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

A recent high school graduate in Scotts Valley, California is hoping to “spark a conversation about art and censorship” at her alma mater after a parent complained about nudity in her senior art project and she was given the choice of censoring the work or removing it altogether. Madeline Volk, now a freshman at the…

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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

August 5, 2016
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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

A parent in Chatham, New Jersey, is asking the local school district to remove excerpts of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States from the high school curriculum, claiming that the book encourages “one-way thinking” rather than critical thinking. During the public comment period at the most recent school board meeting on July…

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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

August 3, 2016
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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

Twenty years and a political generation ago, a psychologist who studied children’s perceptions of women leaders marketed a t-shirt through her local Walmart with an empowering message: a panel from Dennis the Menace with the character Margaret proclaiming that “Someday a woman will be president!” But the statement was too outrageous for some customers at…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Freedom to Read in Chesterfield County

August 2, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Freedom to Read in Chesterfield County

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to the superintendent and school board in Chesterfield County, Virginia, defending several summer reading books that were challenged for “sexually explicit” content and urging the school district not to adopt warning labels or ratings for books, as some parents have demanded. Although…

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Virginia Lawmaker Demands Warning Labels on Summer Reading Lists

July 25, 2016
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Virginia Lawmaker Demands Warning Labels on Summer Reading Lists

Virginia state senator Amanda Chase is continuing a censorship crusade against certain books in her local school district, now pushing for future summer reading lists to include warnings for parents on books that may be controversial. The concept is similar to a bill that passed through the state assembly earlier this year before it was…

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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

July 8, 2016
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NC Legislature Confirms Would-be Censor for State Board of Education

A North Carolina lawyer who has previously advocated for censorship in his local school district was last week approved by the legislature to serve a four-year term on the State Board of Education. Most notably, J. Todd Chasteen was involved in a 2013-2014 effort to ban Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits from the…

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

July 8, 2016
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

Earlier this year, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein toured the exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. The physical exhibit packed up in April, but it lives on as a Tumblr blog with a series of guest curators–and this week it’s Brownstein’s turn! In his posts this…

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West Allegheny Students Petition for Freedom to Read

June 27, 2016
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West Allegheny Students Petition for Freedom to Read

About 200 students of West Allegheny High School in western Pennsylvania have signed a petition asking that the full text of Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle be restored to the ninth grade reading list, after the assignment was modified earlier this year so students only read excerpts from the book. Parents had complained about…

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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

June 23, 2016
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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

For many Americans, the criminal offense of sedition–that is, criticism of the government–probably conjures up the notorious but short-lived Sedition Act of 1798, which played an important role in the election of 1800 but was allowed to expire the following year. But for millions of people in other former British colonies across the world, this…

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