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Oral Argument in Blum v. Holder appeal started this week

By |2016-01-14T11:41:41-04:00February 5th, 2014|Blog|

From Center for Constitutional Rights: Synopsis Blum v. Holder is a federal lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. The plaintiffs are five longtime animal rights activists whose advocacy work has been chilled due to fear of being prosecuted as a terrorist under the AETA. ... Pushed through Congress by a powerful lobby [...]

TomDispatch on Surveillance Abuses, Past and Present

By |2019-03-07T21:56:50-04:00January 13th, 2014|Blog|

This is a good, concise history of abuses by the intelligence community and offers a great argument against warrantless surveillance.  Without that break-in by the Media 8, J. Edgar Hoover’s “shadow FBI,” a criminal conspiracy at the heart of a developing national security state, might never have been revealed.  (The CIA, officially banned from domestic spying on Americans, turned out [...]

Update on CU Boulder incident: faculty review could clear Adler to teach “Deviance” course

By |2019-03-07T21:46:00-04:00December 18th, 2013|Blog|

Updates are coming in on the threat to academic freedom at the University of Colorado Boulder. According to the Daily Camera (via the Chronicle of Higher Ed's Ticker blog), CU professor Patricia Adler might still have a chance to teach her "Deviance in U.S. Society" course as early as the Spring 2014 semester–if the class clears a review of Sociology faculty, [...]

Brooklyn College Supports Free Debate and Academic Freedom in Midst of Criticism

By |2019-03-07T12:36:15-04:00November 14th, 2013|Blog|

Author and activist Ben White will speak at Brooklyn College today at an event entitled “Israel: Aparteid not Democracy,” organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. Nearly two dozen other campus and other groups are supporting the lecture, including — notably — the English, Political Science … Continue reading

Sign This Petition: Don’t Censor Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ in Alamogordo

By |2019-03-07T21:46:40-04:00October 18th, 2013|Blog|

If you’re like us, the recent removal of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from Alamogordo Public School classrooms has caused you to feel anything from confusion to just-plain-no-way-you-can’t-be-serious anger. Now you can take action: A parent in Alamogordo has started a petition on Change.org … Continue reading

Russ Rieger, Teen Plaintiff in Pico v. Island Trees, Talks About His Role in the Landmark Supreme Court Case

By |2019-03-07T12:46:45-04:00August 15th, 2013|Blog|

Russell Rieger, one of five plaintiffs in Pico v. Board of Ed. Russell Rieger was one of five teens who sued their Long Island school district in 1976 for banning 11 books from their classrooms and school libraries. They ended up making history. The Supreme Court concluded in Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District v. [...]

Street Artist Essam Talks About His Arrest, Importance of Artistic Freedom

By |2019-03-15T17:47:09-04:00August 15th, 2013|Blog|

Essam Political street artist Essam Attia, 30, was arrested last November for planting dozens of fake public service ads around Manhattan claiming that the New York Police Department (NYPD) used drones to spy on citizens. The pubic was quick to react, launching an online Free Essam campaign and a petition asking that all charges be dropped. We caught [...]

Photographer Betsy Schneider on the Kohler Arts Center Banning Her Work

By |2019-03-15T18:24:42-04:00August 12th, 2013|Blog|

Betsy Schneider Are photos of a naked child offensive? Some folks in Sheboygan, WI, thought Betsy Schneider’s images of her growing daughter were offensive and recently pressured the Michael Kohler Arts Center to remove them from a group show. NCAC spoke to Schneider, an award-winning photographer, about her reaction to the ban, her now-teenage daughter’s response to all [...]

Stephen Chbosky on the Return of ‘Perks’ in Chicago, and Why He Wants to Thank Judy Blume

By |2019-03-15T16:25:38-04:00August 9th, 2013|Blog|

Stephen Chbosky Stephen Chbosky has lost track of the number of times The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been banned in schools across the country. He’s just thrilled that the latest attempt to censor his young adult novel has failed—and middle school kids in Glen Ellyn, IL, now have access to the title in their classrooms once again. [...]

Walter Dean Myers Talks Book-Banning, Writing for Troubled Kids

By |2016-01-14T15:02:14-04:00August 9th, 2013|Blog|

Walter Dean MyersNational Ambassador for Young People's Literature Award-winning and often banned author, Walter Dean Myers, talks to the Write Stuff about why he writes for “troublemakers,” his biggest challenges about being the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and his latest work: a self-help book for inner-city kids. What challenges have you had as National Ambassador for [...]