• Stand up to censorship in New Jersey
    If school boards and the state government limit what we can read, you won’t be able to read the books you want to read. You deserve access to information to be ready for college, jobs in the real world, and to be safe and healthy. Everyone deserves the right to choose books for themselves and their families without government interference. It’s never been more clear or more needed. We’ve got to stand up to censorship.
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  • Petition: Oklahomans for the First Amendment
    The First Amendment is FIRST for a reason. It secures a number of our inalienable and Constitutional rights including our rights to free speech and assembly, which are essential to democracy. But we are now seeing extremist factions who seek to eradicate and erode these rights, replacing our shared American values as they are enshrined in the Constitution, with their own personal religious values. The attack on these rights have left libraries and the people that they serve -- especially rural Oklahomans -- especially vulnerable. Our democracy is in danger as extremist groups seek to diminish all rights for anyone who does not adhere to their religious doctrines. Book banning is just the tip of the iceberg. If we allow these attacks on the First Amendment to succeed, the security of al of our rights, and of our democracy, are in danger. Join our growing network of First Amendment supporters in Oklahoma as we stand up and speak up in defense of our First Amendment right to share and receive information.
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  • Stop Legislation that Would Arrest Librarians!
    A number of states are introducing proposed laws that would allow for civil and criminal prosecution of librarians if a community member disliked the content of a book on the shelf. However, award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce have been caught in the crosshairs of ‘obscenity’ challenges. Groups like Moms for Liberty have gone after books about Seahorses for being obscene as well as books about Johnny Appleseed and Hurricanes. Even Winnie the Pooh was called into question for not wearing pants. That means librarians could go to jail over Winnie-The-Pooh. We can't let legislation like this stand!
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  • Protect Our First Amendment Rights in League City!
    The decision of which books our children read should be left to parents/caregivers and not a government appointed committee. This committee should not be the gatekeeper of what our children read. We urge you to take action and speak out against this unnecessary ordinance. Stand with us in support of parental/caregiver rights and prevent the Community Standards Review Committee from infringing upon our first amendment right.
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  • Let Idaho Read: NO on HO139!
    HB 139 calls for civil penalties of $10,000 in addition to other damages and fees if a school or public library provides materials that are "harmful to minors." While Idaho libraries do not provide materials that are harmful to minors, the simple threat of expensive lawsuits is likely to have a damaging chilling effect, restricting Idahoans' liberty to access information, self-direct, and read and think freely for themselves. HO 139 is another misguided attempt by the state to limit Idahoans First Amendment freedoms. This bill will particularly impact small, rural libraries and taxpayers, which will have to choose whether providing materials that support their communities is even possible under the threat of expensive and time-consuming lawsuits. If local libraries that are forced by unneeded state regulations to defend against private claims of harm, they will not be able to continue to serve the needs of local Idahoans. This bill is government overreach, a violation of parents' rights, and an attack on the ability of libraries to provide access to information for all Idahoans, regardless of their values or beliefs. (If you live outside of Idaho, please sign this national petition: https://action.everylibrary.org/bookbans)
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  • Stop the banning of books in Clay County School Libraries
    There are a handful of people in our county who are more than willing to limit all Clay County students to the books, ideas, and teachings THEY approve. They opened the door for this flood of book bans by loudly decrying a few books that contain sexual situations. But now that the door is wedged open, it's not enough to ban books that mention sex... they also want to ban books with black and brown faces on the cover. Books that recognize that LGBTQ+ people exist. Books that encourage readers to treat others equally, regardless of their differences. Books that acknowledge that we have differences, and THAT IS OK. Where has this censorship gotten us? National and international news- Clay County, Florida has become a punchline. The right to read is one of our first amendment rights as Americans, and it’s important that our students have that right as well. Books offer us a variety of perspectives, allowing us to put ourselves in other people's shoes. Help us stand up and tell the school board and district leadership that we trust our educators (teachers and media specialists), that we want our students to have access to diverse library materials, and that we don't want this loud minority making decisions for the rest of us.
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  • Don't Send North Dakota Librarians to Jail
    We are all concerned with creating positive, safe, and welcoming environments for our children. But going after public libraries and schools means that this isn't about kids. It's about a small group of people controlling what all North Dakotas are able to read or see. Only 8% of voters in the US think that there are "many books that are inappropriate and should be banned". It is a small group of people pushing for these kinds of bills and book bans around the country. They talk about books about sex and sexuality, but award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or even James Joyce could be caught in the crosshairs of ‘obscenity’ challenges too. Even Winnie the Pooh was called into question for not wearing pants. Our local library and school boards are accountable to the communities they serve, and those are the right venues to address book challenges, not a top-down obscenity law from the legislature. We can’t let a bill like HB1205 expose every school, library,and the public servants who work in them, to criminal prosecution to satisfy a few crusaders. It's not a reasonable thing to make criminals out of our librarians and educators. Please join the citizens of North Dakota in opposing HB1205 now. The bill is being heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Please take a moment and tell your Representative in the North Dakota House to help stop this bill before it goes any further. Use the form on this page to send your message today.
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  • Glen Ridge United Against Book Bans
    Members of the “Citizens Defending Education” group in Glen Ridge are attempting to ban the following six books from the Glen Ridge Public Library: 1. All Boys Aren't Blue - George M. Johnson 2. Here and Queer - Rowan Ellis 3. This Book is Gay - Juno Dawson 4. It's Not the Stork - Robie H. Harris 5. It's Perfectly Normal - Robie H. Harris 6. You Know, Sex - Cory Silverberg The Library Director has confirmed that each of the above books meets the Library Materials Selection Policy. These books all contain content related to the LGBTQ+ community and it is clear that the CDE group is targeting this group here in Glen Ridge. Please sign the petition and come to the February 8th, 2023 Library Board of Trustees Meeting to voice your opposition to this proposed ban. During this meeting, the CDE’s appeal of the Library Director's decision to reject the ban will be discussed and voted on. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Ridgewood Avenue School at 7:30 PM.
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  • Fight Censorship in Alpine School District
    In 2022, the Alpine School District in Utah pulled 52 books from their library shelves, and ultimately banned 22 books for “pornographic or indecent” material. A large percentage of the banned books were written by LGBTQ+ authors, or dealt with issues of sexuality, gender, and race. Censoring what students can read takes away their freedom of expression, and limits their ability to think for themselves. We need to let the school board know that we trust librarians and teachers to choose material that is appropriate for all students. Sign the petition to let the school board know that you oppose government censorship and support the freedom to read!
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  • Support Library Freedom in Rapides Parish Libraries
    You should sign this petition if you believe any of these statements could be true: That the true intent of this policy change is to marginalize the LGBTQ+ community. Books should be discussed on their merits. Broad categories of books should not be waived away as “obscene” without a critical look by our librarians. That our librarians are pretty good at their job. Library board members - public servants - have a duty to answer questions about their proposals, and should not flee public meetings. The proposed policy revision is vague and does not define specific words that would be critical to enforcing it. The proposed revisions contradict the rest of the library’s Collection Development Policy, which has been doing a good job serving the community for many years. It's our job to be the parents, and these restrictive policies take away our parental rights.
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  • Let Utah Read, Don't Ban Books in Utah
    Last year the Utah State legislature passed HB374 which has lead directly to books being banned in our school libraries. This hurts students and limits their ability to think for themselves, leaving them less self-reliant, and ill-prepared for success in an increasingly competitive global economy. Legislators are now suggesting that they need to pass MORE censorship laws - even ones that could lead to arresting librarians and teachers for their commitment to protecting constitutional freedoms and access to information for students. They think they are the best judge of how to parent and teach Utah kids -- and they want to take away your freedom to choose books for you and your family. We trust parents, librarians, and teachers to parent and teach, and think politicians should not be using the power of the state to restrict our freedoms and liberties just to appease loud extremists. We trust professional librarians and teachers to choose materials that support the education, development, and mental health of ALL students in accordance with state standards, local policy, and state and federal laws. Sign the petition and stand with Utahns who oppose book bans and support the freedom to read. (If you live outside of Utah, please sign this national petition: https://action.everylibrary.org/bookbans)
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  • Sign the Petition to End Book Bans Today!
    Proposed censorship measures in several U.S. states will regulate the books that you're allowed to read in our nation's libraries. Some could also lead to jailing librarians as a result of their commitment to free speech and access to library materials. If they succeed, you will lose your freedom to choose books for you and your family. Help fight against book bans and government censorship.
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