Every generation of Americans faces new and significant challenges to free expression. For almost 50 years, NCAC has acted as a first responder to protect this freedom, which is both a fundamental human right and a keystone of democracy in the ever-changing American nation. We promote freedom of thought and inquiry and oppose censorship. When controversy occurs, we encourage and facilitate dialogue between divergent voices and perspectives, including those that have historically been silenced.
Who We Serve
- Students, teachers, librarians, parents and others opposing censorship in schools and libraries
- Artists, curators and museum directors resisting art censorship
- Writers and publishers
- Activists and protestors
- Dramatists, filmmakers, creators of all forms of art and cultural production
- Our coalition partners
How We Work
For 45 years our alliance of more than 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups has engaged in direct advocacy and education to support First Amendment principles. NCAC is unique in that we are national in scope, but often local in our approach. Our interventions include writing letters to government agencies, cultural institutions, universities and schools, and issuing statements, sometimes jointly, to the press.
We work with community members to resolve censorship controversies without the need for litigation, but we have also led or signed onto amicus briefs in important First Amendment cases. We also offer support behind the scenes, guiding public officials in developing policies that preserve free expression rights and foster open discourse and referring at-risk targets of censorship to lawyers who provide their services pro bono.
NCAC creates and distributes free resources, tailored for specific audiences, aimed at supporting our constituents in combating censorship in their communities, as well as educating them about their rights. This includes students, artists, curators, parents, teachers and school administrators. Over the years, NCAC has created hundreds of resources of all types. We currently maintain a library of 120 different resources at ncac.org
NCAC works with all involved parties in censorship disputes to avoid litigation. This often involves helping multiples parties develop best practices and better policies and guidelines for any future disputes.
Read more about our core values.