Inspiring Justice: CBLDF Annual Report 2016

CBLDF’s commitment to defending free expression is unwavering. In 2016, our extraordinary legal team protected retailers and artists, while also aiding librarians, educators, and readers who needed our assistance.

Beyond fighting First Amendment emergencies, CBLDF works to prevent censorship from happening. This year, that took two forms: legal action and education. We struck down an unconstitutional Louisiana internet law that would have adversely affected artists and retailers. We also expanded our education work, publishing an important new book on the history of the women who changed free expression in comics, along with hundreds of online articles, four issues of our quarterly news magazine, two comic books, and two handbooks. Above all that, we delivered dozens of presentations at schools, conventions, and libraries across the United States and internationally.

We did all this while also relocating to Portland, Oregon. The move to Portland represents significant savings for the organization, and positions us at the heart of one of the country’s most vibrant communities for comics, literacy, education, and activism.

CBLDF is the work of a very small staff dedicated to the pursuit of justice and free expression. We are honored to do this work, and urgently need your support to ensure we can continue to aid everyone who needs our help in the challenging year to come! Help support CBLDF’s important First Amendment work by visiting the Rewards Zonemaking a donation, or becoming a member of CBLDF!

In the pages that follow, we’ve outlined how your support is helping CBLDF make a difference!