Press Releases

NCAC Releases Statement in Support of Lincoln Center’s Decision to Host ‘To the End of the Land’ Despite Calls to Cancel the Play

By |2017-07-07T11:51:10-04:00July 7th, 2017|Blog, Press Releases|

Were institutions like Lincoln Center to yield to calls for cancellation coming from the BDS movement or elsewhere, any ensuing conversation would be much impoverished and further polarized.

Even Limited, Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Will Impact Creative Freedom

By |2019-06-12T17:49:19-04:00June 27th, 2017|Blog, Press Releases|

The organizations express grave concern that the Executive Order will have a broad and far-reaching impact on artists’ freedom of movement and, as a result, will seriously inhibit creative freedom, collaboration, and the free flow of ideas.

NCAC Releases Statement Criticizing Walker Art Center’s Decision to Destroy Controversial Sculpture; UPDATE: Sculpture to be Ceremonially Buried

By |2019-03-07T21:44:13-04:00June 9th, 2017|Blog, Press Releases|

NCAC has issued a statement signed by several national and international organizations, opposing the Walker's decision to dismantle and destroy the controversial sculpture.

NCAC Criticizes NC High School’s Decision to Cancel Student Yearbook Featuring Donald Trump Quote

By |2017-05-18T16:18:20-04:00May 15th, 2017|Press Releases|

A public school, the letter argues, has a responsibility to prepare young adults “to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship by promoting democratic values such as free expression, tolerance, and diversity—including diversity of opinion.”

NCAC & Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Demand Minnesota City Officials Apologize for Cancelling Play With Word ‘Mulatto’ in Title

By |2017-05-05T13:50:55-04:00May 5th, 2017|Press Releases|

The letter demands a public apology from the City of Burnsville and urges the City to develop a formal policy governing artistic programming at the Ames Center to ensure it is in compliance with First Amendment requirements.

NCAC Joins HarperCollins for #WhyIRead Campaign, Celebrating Company’s 200th Anniversary

By |2017-05-02T13:20:07-04:00May 2nd, 2017|Press Releases|

As an organization committed to defending authors’ free expression and the right to read, NCAC was selected by HarperCollins employees to receive a donation as part of its #WhyIRead campaign, which pledges to donate $200,000 to charities supporting causes that are important to HarperCollins.

NCAC + Lambda Legal Request Tennessee School Apologize for Removing pro-LGBT Student Artwork

By |2017-04-26T11:42:39-04:00April 26th, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and Lambda Legal are calling on a Tennessee high school to apologize for removing a displayed student artwork featuring the word “GAYDOM” and a rainbow motif. The groups demand the drawing be immediately restored, arguing that the school’s justification for the removal-- that some students were offended by the artwork-- violates the student artist’s First Amendment rights.

NCAC Demands Idaho Middle School Retain Popular Manga Novel in Library; UPDATE: Committee Votes to Keep Book

By |2017-04-26T17:35:47-04:00April 24th, 2017|Press Releases|

The notion that the mere presence of inappropriate language and allegedly suggestive images is justification for a book’s removal sets a harmful precedent that, for example, a classic work of literature that contains adult language, or an art history textbook that includes a nude, should also be kept away from teens.

PRESS RELEASE: Free Speech Groups Protest AZ School District’s Unjustifiable Removal of The Kite Runner from English Curriculum

By |2017-04-18T16:15:05-04:00April 12th, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and 7 other organizations committed to defending the freedom to read are urging a Arizona school district to reinstate Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in its English curriculum after the book was removed without explanation or prior review. The groups argue the district’s decision is unwarranted and does an educational disservice to its students by depriving them of access to a novel that explores salient and timely themes.

Free Speech Groups Criticize Politically Motivated Removal of ‘Jacob’s New Dress’ From North Carolina Lesson Plan

By |2017-04-10T14:39:22-04:00April 4th, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and 6 other organizations committed to defending the right to read are urging a North Carolina school district to reinstate a children’s book in a 1st grade anti-bullying lesson plan after it was removed following pressure from local Republican lawmakers concerned about its gender-nonconforming themes. The groups express concern that political and ideological motivations were behind the district’s decision to remove the book.

Free Speech Groups Urge New Hampshire Governor to Veto Bill Requiring Educators to Notify Parents Prior to Use of Sex Ed. Materials

By |2017-04-10T14:36:36-04:00April 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and other organizations committed to defending the freedom to read are urging New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu to veto a bill requiring schools to notify parents prior to the teaching of materials with information about human sexuality. The groups argue the bill will stigmatize the teaching of educationally valuable materials and undermine the quality of education in New Hampshire.

Free Speech, Press Groups Call President’s Attacks on the Media a Threat to Democracy

By |2019-04-16T11:45:10-04:00March 2nd, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), along with more than 75 other organizations committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, condemn efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public about official actions and policies. In a joint statement released today, the groups stress that the administration’s attacks on the press pose a threat to American democracy.

Free Speech Groups Defend Black History Month Exhibit Removed on Grounds of Offense

By |2017-02-10T13:59:01-04:00February 10th, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California are urging a California High School District to immediately redisplay an exhibition of paintings celebrating Black History Month. The exhibition was abruptly terminated after it was deemed to be politically charged. The groups are also asking the school district to put policies in place that prevent future viewpoint discrimination against artworks.

Free Speech, Artist Groups Condemn Decision to Remove Controversial Painting from Student Art Exhibition in U.S. Capitol

By |2017-01-27T17:03:08-04:00January 27th, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and close to a dozen other organizations committed to defending free speech and the arts are condemning the decision of the Architect of the Capitol to remove a student painting displayed on Capitol Hill after it sparked controversy for its alleged anti-police message.

Free Speech Groups Support Publisher of Milo Yiannopoulos’ Book

By |2017-01-06T12:52:41-04:00January 5th, 2017|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and other organizations dedicated to defending free expression are voicing concern over recent calls to boycott the publisher Simon & Schuster because one of its imprints – Threshold Editions – is publishing a book by the controversial conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Free Speech Groups Urge Virginia School District Revise Policy That Caused Censorship of Literary Classics

By |2016-12-15T11:21:14-04:00December 15th, 2016|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is urging a Virginia school district revise its policy for responding to challenged books after it initially censored and then decided to reinstate two literary classics-- To Kill A Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn— from classrooms and libraries because a parent complained about the presence of racial slurs.

First Amendment Groups Urge University of Wisconsin-Stout To Keep Historic Paintings On Display UPDATE: Chancellor Modifies Course, Paintings to be Relocated

By |2016-08-26T10:48:32-04:00August 9th, 2016|Press Releases|

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) are urging the University of Wisconsin-Stout to reverse a proposal to place historic paintings depicting First Nations peoples into storage because some claim that they reinforce negative stereotypes of Native Americans.