Monthly Archives: August 2010

NCAC Protests Cancellation of Ellen Hopkins Appearance at Teen Lit Fest in Texas

An invitation to young adult novelist Ellen Hopkins to speak about her experiences as a writer was rescinded by the Superintendent of the Humble (Texas) Independent School District after some parents complained about the content of her books. NCAC coordinated … Continue reading

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The Artist Received an Apology

The Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) in Massachusetts has issued a formal apology for painting over the underside of a resident artists’ artwork. Robert Markey was asked to paint a “sneaker” for the “Art and Soles” … Continue reading

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PEN American Center issues statement in support of Park51 Community Center

PEN American Center, a member of NCAC’s coalition, released a statement in support of the proposed Park51 Community Center project, calling First Amendment freedoms “the birthright of all and our best defense.” NCAC is grateful to PEN for expressing thoughts … Continue reading

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Book retained in Oklahoma because “we have to”

The word “fuck” has caused quite a stir in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Its appearance – 45 times, according to parent and avid swear-word-counter, Kelli Smith – in young adult novel Shooting Star by Fredrick McKissack Jr. is reason enough for … Continue reading

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Secrecy vs transparency in the struggle over gay rights

The battle over same-sex marriage has taken many twists and turns.  One of the more unusual cases pitted the privacy rights of those who signed a petition to repeal a Washington law on domestic partnerships against supporters of the law … Continue reading

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Mermaid Sculpture Covered with Bikini Top in UK

In the latest case of a nude sculpture causing a stir… Managers at Chessingtons Sea Life centre have covered up a topless mermaid sculpture. Justine Locker, Chessingtons Zoo Experience Manager, said: “Young boys, and not so young boys, spending a … Continue reading

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