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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

November 18, 2016
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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

This year has proved to be a turbulent in many regards — a sentiment most poignantly felt within the free speech community. From increasing controversy regarding Facebook’s nudity policy to a whole community coming together to defend the children’s picture book I Am Jazz, the National Coalition Against censorship compiled a list of 2016′s top 16 free speech defenders…

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VICTORY: Panel Votes To Keep The Muppets in Marshfield, WI

December 11, 2015
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Sam the Eagle

Things are looking good for the Muppets in Marshfield, WI! On Wednesday, an eight member panel convened and unanimously voted to keep the United Nations picture book For Every Child a Better World, featuring Kermit the Frog, in Marshfield district elementary schools. Despite parent and school board member Mary Carney’s claims that the illustrations of…

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WI School Board Member Wants Muppet Book Out of Curriculum

December 9, 2015
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WI School Board Member Wants Muppet Book Out of Curriculum

A parent and school board member in Marshfield, WI wants a United Nations-published picture book featuring Kermit the Frog removed from the district’s new kindergarten curriculum, claiming that the book about global poverty and conflict contains too much “negative, dark, depressing imagery.” A review committee will issue a recommendation on the book challenge at a…

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WI Community Takes Matters Into Their Own Hands After School District Cancels Reading Over Legal Threat

December 3, 2015
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Jazz

In response to Mount Horeb School District’s recent decision to cancel a reading of the children’s book I Am Jazz in response to a lawsuit threat from the Christian nonprofit Liberty Counsel, the Wisconsin town is taking matters into their own hands to show support for those who identify as transgender within their community. I…

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WI School District Cancels Book Reading After Lawsuit Threat

November 25, 2015
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WI School District Cancels Book Reading After Lawsuit Threat

Mount Horeb Area School District in Wisconsin canceled a reading of the children’s book I Am Jazz after the Liberty Counsel, a conservative Christian nonprofit, threatened the district with a lawsuit. Dylan Brogan reported on the removal of I Am Jazz, which is based on the childhood of Jazz Jennings who was born a boy…

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Wisconsin Cartoonist Sits Down With Elementary School to Talk About Freedom of Speech

April 3, 2015
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Phil Hands

The editorial cartoonist Phil Hands, who draws for the Wisconsin State Journal, took it upon himself recently to visit a local Madison, Wisconsin, elementary school to teach about the importance of freedom of speech, especially in light of the violent events that have shaken the cartooning world. Sitting down with students at Van Hise Elementary…

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Censorship 2014: Summer Reading Under Attack

December 31, 2014
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Little Brother

Since most of the challenges and bans that we cover happen in schools, the summers have typically been slow news months for us in past years. So, naturally this year we took notice when challenge after challenge to books that had been assigned as summer reading popped up across the country. Collectively, this new and…

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NCAC Members Warn Waukesha Board Against “Red-Flagging” Books

October 8, 2014
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NCAC Members Warn Waukesha Board Against “Red-Flagging” Books

As the school board in Waukesha, Wisconsin prepares to consider challenges to three books, CBLDF has joined six other member organizations of the National Coalition Against Censorship to urge that the books be retained in the curriculum and not “red-flagged” for content. In a letter sent to the board yesterday, NCAC members cautioned that such…

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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

August 21, 2014
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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

Last month when a school review committee in Waukesha, Wisconsin unanimously rejected a challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska, the positive outcome was somewhat tempered by the news that two further books had been challenged in the same school district by another parent. But at its meeting this past Wednesday, the Waukesha district’s Consideration…

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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

July 30, 2014
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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

We have another good news/bad news situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a school district review committee last week unanimously rejected a parental challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska. But the challengers plan to appeal that decision to the full school board, and it turns out that two more books, The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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