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Humble Bundle pay-what-you-want deal to benefit NCAC

By |2022-12-05T16:47:15-05:00December 5th, 2022|Blog, In The News, News, Press Releases|

SAN FRANCISCO  —Indie tech-book publisher No Starch Press is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer customers a pay-what-you-want ebook deal that raises money for charity. This highly anticipated three-week promotion builds upon the Bay Area companies’ past collaborations, which have raised over $2.7 million for various nonprofit organizations to date. "Hacking, by No Starch Press" runs until Dec. 19 [...]

Artistic Freedom and the Internet Infrastructure

By |2022-12-02T13:27:52-05:00December 1st, 2022|Blog, News|

Companies providing core internet infrastructures—including internet service providers, website host companies, payment processors, and more—rarely have substantial contact with their users, user-generated content, or user activities. And, even though they typically lack expertise, authority, resources, and policies to regulate user content with consistency, many online infrastructure companies do just that. The result has severely restricted free speech on the internet, [...]

Broward County Public Schools remove “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo”

By |2022-11-28T16:22:11-05:00November 21st, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has written a letter to Broward County Public Schools District regarding the recent removal of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.  The book was removed because of the Broward County Public Schools District Review Committee’s belief that it is inappropriate due to its negativity towards the US government. The NCAC demands the return [...]

Chattanooga, Tennessee School Officials Free Expression with Dress Code

By |2022-11-28T16:24:47-05:00November 17th, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has contacted Lookout Valley Middle/High in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to express concern regarding a provision within the school's dress code that forbids shirts with "designs, pictures, symbols, or writing" considered "political." The Supreme Court ruled 40 years ago in Pico that students have the right to wear clothing with political messages as long as doing [...]

Antisemitism and the Freedom to Read

By |2022-11-15T14:53:09-05:00November 15th, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

NEW YORK - The National Coalition Against Censorship defends freedom of expression, including the right to access ideas, even when they offend the majority.  Therefore, we support Amazon’s decision to sell From Hebrews to Negroes: Wake up Black America, a book and video by Ronald Dalton Jr. that have been accused of promoting conspiracy theories and antisemitism.   The [...]

“What Does Free Speech Mean to Me?” 2022 Film Contest Winners

By |2022-11-09T21:35:47-05:00November 9th, 2022|Blog, News|

For this year’s Youth Free Expression Program Film Contest, The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) encouraged U.S. high school students to create a film exploring issues related to free speech. The three winners broadly explored the meaning of their First Amendment rights with films that examined family life and controversial matters, personal expression, and the censoring of opinions. First [...]

Censorship at the Orange County Museum of Art

By |2022-11-09T18:10:15-05:00November 9th, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

In the Fall of 2022, the much-anticipated reopening of the Orange County Museum of Art was marred by the censorship of a painting by renowned artist Ben Sakoguchi in the museum’s California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold.  A few months prior to the opening, the artist was informed of concerns coming from the museum’s education department that some of the [...]

National Coalition Against Censorship to Celebrate Free Speech Defenders

By |2022-11-09T14:22:06-05:00November 9th, 2022|Blog, Events, News, Press Releases|

NEW YORK— Each year National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), an alliance of 59 of the nation’s leading education and publishing organizations, recognizes the notable contributions of Free Speech Defenders whose activism has had a profound impact on the protection of First Amendment rights in schools, libraries, and publishing. Tony Award Winner Daniel J. Watts is the host of the star-studded event [...]

Banned Authors to Meet with Student Advocates for Speech

By |2022-11-09T12:52:15-05:00November 9th, 2022|Blog, Censorship News Issues, News, Press Releases|

NEW YORK – The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Impact and Legacy Fund, its newly formed charitable/social action division, are co-sponsoring a discussion of book banning with bestselling authors whose works have been challenged and members of Student Advocates for Speech (SAS), NCAC’s new initiative to build a national [...]

Amy Coney Barrett and the Freedom to Read

By |2022-11-15T11:33:55-05:00November 1st, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

NEW YORK - The National Coalition Against Censorship defends the freedom to write, publish and read books. Therefore, we strongly support Penguin Random House’s decision to publish a book by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. At a time when challenges to books in schools and libraries are at record highs, it is deeply ironic that hundreds of people [...]

National Organizations Warn Against Censorship in University Theaters

By |2022-10-31T11:28:43-04:00October 31st, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

NEW YORK – Today, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), which represents 59 education, publishing, religious and arts organizations, joins the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund and PEN America to call attention to the cancellation of plays at two universities following protests over their content. The groups released the following statement: Colleges and universities should be places to explore and [...]

NCAC Joins Open Letter to President Biden to Release Guantánamo Artwork

By |2022-10-26T13:56:03-04:00October 24th, 2022|Blog, News|

NCAC has joined a letter condemning a Trump-era policy preventing the removal of artworks from the United States’ Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp—even after the prisoners have been released.  In an open letter addressed to President Biden, we ask his administration to organize the release of work.  Please, add your voice to this important letter, here.  Background: The policy was [...]

Joint Letter Calls On Texas Wesleyan University to Reschedule “Down in Mississippi”

By |2022-10-17T16:57:42-04:00October 17th, 2022|Blog, News|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), which represents 59 trusted education, publishing, and arts organizations, joins the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund and PEN America to encourage Texas Wesleyan University to support artistic free expression and reschedule Down In Mississippi, a play by Carlyle Brown that the university's theatre department recently canceled due to language concerns and complaints. History is [...]

Escambia County School District in Florida Restricts Over 100 Books Prior to Completing Formal Review

By |2022-10-14T18:22:14-04:00October 14th, 2022|Blog, News|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has written to the Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Florida, regarding a recent restriction of over 100 books from school libraries— an action in violation of the district’s own regulations. As we understand it, in response to a mass challenge from a single teacher, Superintendent Smith mandated that the more than 100 [...]

NCAC Statement on Greenburgh, New York, mural dispute

By |2022-10-05T18:48:56-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

NEW YORK - The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is deeply concerned by the threatened censorship of a mural that the town of Greenburgh, New York, commissioned from the artist known as Kindo Art. The alteration of the mural without the artist’s permission would be a violation of his First Amendment rights as well as those of the residents of [...]

Buy a Journal. Fight Censorship!

By |2022-09-23T12:24:12-04:00September 16th, 2022|Blog, News, Press Releases|

CHICAGO — Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher based in Chicago, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) book publishing imprint, ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman, announce the publication of “Read These Banned Books: A Journal and 52-Week Reading Challenge.” Available via the ALA Store as well as through bookstores nationwide, this interactive recommended reading list presents readers with a different banned or [...]

Texas Students Distribute BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Books During ‘FReadom Week’ Initiative | Student Perspective

By |2022-03-23T17:39:47-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Blog, News|

When Jerry Craft's New Kid was banned from school libraries in Katy, Texas earlier this year for "pervasively vulgar" content, I defended his book and advocated against this inexplicable censorship. After that, school board meetings in Texas only intensified. After months of persistent demands for intellectual freedom being outnumbered by conservatives and drowned out by more book bans, we finally [...]

Body Language: 2021 Film Contest Winners

By |2022-02-18T15:05:29-05:00February 17th, 2022|Blog, News|

For this year’s YFEP Film Contest, we invited teens to create a film on the importance of expressing one’s gender and identity through personal appearance. The 3 winners tackled a wide range of polarizing, and often taboo, topics including gun violence, immigrant family separation, gender equality, toxic masculinity, shaming and bullying, and climate change. The Chairs of the New [...]

Social Media Under Pressure Part I: Trump Lashes out at Twitter

By |2020-06-19T16:40:11-04:00June 5th, 2020|Blog, News|

Rhetorically framed as defense of free speech, the President’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, is exactly the opposite: an attempt to intimidate social media platforms into yielding to the president’s views of what speech should be allowed online. While we agree that social media platforms “function in many ways as a 21st-century equivalent of the public square” and share [...]

Social Media Under Pressure Part II: Protests, Polarization, and Social Media Regulation

By |2020-06-17T17:30:14-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Blog, News|

As misinformation proliferates, protests escalate, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election looms, how much should social media companies regulate the content on their platforms? Rules and regulations are changing as social media giants are figuring out how to wield their unprecedented power over information. As an organization committed to free expression, we welcome efforts to provide more information, alternative sources [...]

NCAC’s Arts Advocacy Program Shines at the Creative Time Summit

By |2019-12-19T16:17:44-05:00December 19th, 2019|Blog|

  In November 2019, for Creative Time Summit X: Speaking Truth, our Arts Advocacy Program (AAP) organized the roundtable session Fear and Controversy: Censorship in the Arts at the Cooper Union with artists Christina Freeman (UltraViolet Archive), Roopa Vasudevan (Center for Media at Risk, University of Pennsylvania) and Joy Garnett (NCAC's Arts Advocacy Program). The number of attendees (approx. 25 [...]

Remembering Toni Morrison

By |2019-08-07T10:59:57-04:00August 6th, 2019|Blog|

Joan Bertin (former executive director, NCAC), Toni Morrison, Fran Lebowitz “The thought that leads me to contemplate with dread the erasure of other voices, of unwritten novels, poems whispered or swallowed for fear of being overheard by the wrong people, outlawed languages flourishing underground, essayists’ questions challenging authority never being posed, unstaged plays, canceled films—that thought is a nightmare. As [...]

Truth to Power: Film Contest Winners and Semi-Finalists

By |2019-06-24T14:13:05-04:00June 18th, 2019|Blog|

Over 100 teen filmmakers spoke Truth to Power for this year’s YFEP Film Contest. We invited teens to speak directly to those in power to lead change about issues that matter to them. The 12 finalist films tackled a wide range of polarizing, and often taboo, topics including gun violence, immigrant family separation, gender equality, toxic masculinity, shaming and [...]

Considerations and Guidelines for School Officials

By |2020-12-07T11:32:34-05:00April 30th, 2019|Blog|

School officials have broad discretion to establish curricula and decide what materials to include in their classrooms and libraries. However, parents, special interest groups and others sometimes attempt to impose their personal beliefs on the public school system and demand the removal of educational materials. Listed below are some general considerations school administrators should take into account when such challenges [...]

Tumblr Adult Content Ban Will Chill Free Expression Online

By |2019-05-01T11:37:37-04:00December 19th, 2018|Blog, News|

On December 17th, Tumblr permanently banned adult content from its platform. Under the new community guidelines, any image that depicts sex acts, real-life human genitalia, or (with a few exceptions) female nipples will be hidden from public view. Despite the company’s claims, the new guidelines will not create a “better, more positive” Tumblr.

University of Kentucky Unveils Installation to Encourage Dialogue about Race

By |2020-01-03T15:51:06-05:00August 28th, 2018|Blog|

The University of Kentucky has unveiled a new site-specific public artwork by Philadelphia artist Karyn Olivier, commissioned in response to a heated controversy around a fresco that students said was traumatizing, creating a model for balancing conflict and tensions around campus art.

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