Yesterday we featured the latest news on the banning of a comic (Persepolis), this time in the Chicago school system. Today, in a related post, is an update of SITES WE LIKES on the theme of censorship. In honor of our first listing, we’ll make them in alphabetical order:
ALA is one of the strongest groups working against kids’ book bans, and fighting censorship in libraries. The ALA also sponsors an annual event called Banned Book Week (www.bannedbooksweek.org). Another part of ALA’s site is called the Freedom to Read Foundation. They are the only organization in the US whose primary goal is to protect and promote the First Amendment in libraries.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.
Section of site focuses on issues around censorship of youth.
Born out of kids fighting Harry Potter book bans in school, kidSPEAK now encompasses youths’ free speech battles across the country. These rights are not as broad as the rights of adults because they have been limited by courts in the United States and elsewhere. However, where these rights exist, kidSPEAK will help kids fight for them.
NCAC strives to create a climate of opinion hospitable to First Amendment freedoms in the broader community. They also support the KIDS’ RIGHT TO READ PROJECT which provides advice and assistance to students, teachers and others opposing book-banning in schools and communities nationwide as well as supplying educational materials to promote community awareness about the right to read,î and supports local activism by reaching out to students, teachers, booksellers, librarians, journalists, and other community members. Also tracks book censorship incidents across the country.
The mission of Project Censored is to teach students and the public about the role of a free press in a free society – and to tell the News That Didn’t Make the News and Why. Most famous for its Top 25 Censored news stories each year.
STUDENT PRESS LAW CENTER
SPLC is an advocate for student free-press rights and provides information, advice, and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them.