Updates

Mayor Vetoes Bill Clarifying Washington DC Arts Commission’s Independence

By |2019-10-25T10:51:31-04:00October 11th, 2019|News, Updates|

UPDATE: 10/24/19: On October 22, the DC Council voted unanimously to override Mayor Muriel Bowser's veto of an emergency bill that would have clarified the DCCAH’s independence. “The underlying legislation cemented DCCAH's separation from the executive's office after a tumultuous summer during which the mayor tried and failed to grab control of the District's public arts.” (see original post below) [...]

Film Contest Application

By |2019-03-08T00:02:35-05:00October 31st, 2017|Updates|

    Contestants must be either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens), and must be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. Judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned writers, actors, and filmmakers. Films must be [...]

About the Contest & FAQ

By |2019-03-07T23:42:10-05:00September 1st, 2016|Updates|

About the Contest Each year NCAC challenges young people all across the nation to think about their First Amendment rights and the issue of Free Speech. According to the Knight Foundation, “Nearly three-fourths of high school students either do not know how they feel about the First Amendment or admit they take it for granted and more than a third [...]

Virginia School District Caves To Parent Pressure, Scraps Summer Reading List; UPDATE: Republican Senator Blasts Librarians For Selecting ‘Trash’, Petition Pushes Back

By |2016-08-26T17:33:53-04:00June 22nd, 2016|Blog, NCAC at work, Updates|

The Chesterfield County Public School summer reading list contained books that were "pornographic" and contained "vile, vile, nasty language," one mother complained.

American Nocturne: When Public Art Engenders Controversy; UPDATE: Mural Removed, Elgin Arts Commission Will Decide Fate

By |2019-02-25T12:33:32-05:00May 26th, 2016|Blog, Incidents, Letters, NCAC at work, Updates|

NCAC has sent a letter to Elgin Mayor David Kaptain supporting the mural's return in advance of the City Council's vote on its fate on July 13th.

Expert Argues That Profanity Is No Reason to Remove Cameron Post From Cape Henlopen High School Summer Reading List

By |2019-03-07T22:51:29-05:00July 23rd, 2014|Updates|

Two weeks ago, NCAC's Kids' Right to Read Project and other organizations sent a letter to the Cape Henlopen school district in Delaware expressing serious concerns over the removal of Emily M. Danforth's award-winning novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post, from a summer reading list for the high school's college prep and honors classes. This week, we enlisted the aid of [...]

“Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You” Survives School Library Challenge!

By |2019-03-07T22:35:42-05:00May 15th, 2014|Updates|

District 196, serving the Rosemount – Apple Valley – Eagan regions near the Twin Cities, has announced that the committee convened to decide whether the book Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You should be retained in the district's libraries has voted 10-0 to keep the work. A parent challenged the book for the use of the word "retarded" in the story. The review process [...]

“Two Boys Kissing” Book Challenge Rejected by Fauquier Review Committee, Decision Could Be Appealed

By |2019-03-07T22:34:20-05:00April 29th, 2014|Updates|

According to Fauquier.com, a Fauquier County Public Schools review committee has unanimously rejected a book challenge that would have removed David Levithan's Two Boys Kissing from the high school library. NCAC's Kids' Right To Read Project sent a letter to the school board prior to the meeting, warning that removing the book based on objections to the content was a disservice [...]

Supreme Court Rules to Limit Student Speech

By |2019-03-15T16:26:50-04:00October 21st, 2013|Updates|

In the now-infamous "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case – Morse v. Frederick – the Supreme Court ruled this week that school principal Deborah Morse did not violate Joseph Frederick's First Amendment rights. Below, we've collected commentary on how this landmark case (the first time the Court has weighed students' free speech rights in over 20 years) could effect free speech [...]

Monthly Giving

By |2019-03-07T12:39:39-05:00October 21st, 2013|Updates|

Give to NCAC on a monthly basis and support the ongoing work of our advocacy and educational programs. A  monthly contribution is an easy way to show continual support for NCAC’s work.  Your monthly contributions add up to a significant annual gift. Click on the red check to set up a monthly donation through Paypal. You can unsubscribe at any [...]

Publications

By |2019-03-08T00:03:58-05:00October 21st, 2013|Updates|

  NCAC Censorship News NCAC's newsletter, published quarterly, contains information and discussion about freedom of expression issues, including current school censorship controversies, threats to the free flow of information, and obscenity laws. A full archive is available online.       Censoring Science: A Stem Cell Story This article from NCAC's The Knowledge Project analyzes the First Amendment implications of federal [...]

In Broomfield, CO ‘Bluest Eye’ is Removed Without Being ‘Banned’

By |2016-08-16T16:24:01-04:00August 23rd, 2013|Updates|

The Adams 12 School Board voted to settle a challenge to Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye' in Advanced Placement literature classes. The board voted in support of the superintendent's decision, not outright banning the book but approving such great restrictions as to make the book impossible to teach. 

Thank You For Donating!

By |2018-10-01T11:41:14-04:00February 27th, 2013|Updates|

Thank you for your payment. Your transaction has been completed, and a receipt for your purchase has been emailed to you. Log into your PayPal account to view transaction details. Your financial support strengthens our daily fight for free expression. Please stay in touch and get updates through our email list, Twitter, and Facebook pages!

Youth Voices Uncensored

By |2019-03-07T21:57:14-05:00June 29th, 2012|Updates|

From left to right: YFEP Film Contest Winners Patrick Rooks, Caitlin Wolper, Jake Gogats, Summer Lee, and Urban Word NYC Youth Performer Amani Breanna We appreciate everyone who came out for a fun day of youth-made films at our 2011 Youth Voices Uncensored screening at the New York Film Academy. In addition to the films that won our Free Expression [...]

“Fifty Shades of Grey” Returns to Library Shelves

By |2019-03-15T17:22:22-04:00May 25th, 2012|Updates|

The National Coalition Against Censhorship was thrilled to hear that officials in Brevard County decided to reverse their ban on the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and return the book to circulation. NCAC urged county officials to reconsider the ban in three letters this month, including a joint letter with the ACLU.

2011 YFEP Film Contest: Censorship Bytes! Speech in Cyberspace

By |2019-03-15T18:09:03-04:00April 16th, 2012|Updates|

From left to right: YFEP Film Contest Winners Patrick Rooks, Caitlin Wolper, Jake Gogats, Summer Lee, and Urban Word NYC Youth Performer Amani Breanna We appreciate everyone who came out for a fun day of youth-made films at our annual Youth Voices Uncensored screening at the New York Film Academy. In addition to the films that won our contest, we [...]

Tell PayPal: Don’t Censor Books

By |2019-03-07T21:46:02-05:00March 8th, 2012|Updates|

PayPal, which plays a dominant role in processing online sales, has taken full advantage of the vast and open nature of the Internet for commercial purposes, but is now holding free speech hostage by clamping down on sales of certain types of erotica.