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TomDispatch on Surveillance Abuses, Past and Present

This is a good, concise history of abuses by the intelligence community and offers a great argument against warrantless surveillance.  Without that break-in by the Media 8, J. Edgar Hoover’s “shadow FBI,” a criminal conspiracy at the heart of a … Continue reading

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Board of Ed v. Pico: 31 years of reading freely in school libraries

If you love libraries, you might know that today marks the anniversary of an important decision upholding the First Amendment in schools. In Board of  Ed. v. Pico (1982), the plurality opinion stated that school libraries have “special characteristics” as … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Bans Demonstrations on Grounds

The following post was written by NCAC’s summer legal intern, Ryan Gander. Ryan is a current student at Columbia Law School. His interests include philosophy, civil liberties, science fiction, and video games. The Supreme Court has a troubled relationship with … Continue reading

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Non-Traditional Families Book Banning Bonanza

(applause for alliteration, please) This month we’ve been working on restoring two children’s picture books teaching tolerance for different types of families. Though they are quite different in content, tone, reading level and appropriateness, their challenges parallel one another immensely. … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Broken Arrow School Board!

After a busy week working to fight back against book bans and challenges, we were thrilled to see some good news. A Tulsa school district recently heard a parent’s challenge to the book Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford.  The … Continue reading

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Video From Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park Standoff

This morning, we took a moment to capture a bit of the action at Zuccotti Park in the wake of the late night, NYPD eviction of the encampment that had lasted almost two months. Here, a participant in the Occupy … Continue reading

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Truely Free Speech Protects Kids From Bullying

This week, Stephanie Mencimer at MotherJones.com reported on horrifying cases of harassment and suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin schools  of Minnesota, in Rep. Michelle Bachman’s district. The article, published within days of a suit filed against the district by the Southern … Continue reading

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Reading Below the Fold, and Between the Lines

After a member of the La Salle University’s faculty hosted an optional symposium with special guests (read: exotic dancers), the editors of the university’s  paper The Collegian knew they had a story on their hands. One of the Collegian staff members interviewed … Continue reading

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Senators Call For Response to Idiotic Burning of Qur’an, But What Kind?

A couple weeks ago, Terry Jones finally gave into his burning desire to burn a Qur’an. Over the weekend, Afghans rioted over online video of the burning, resulting in the deaths of up to 20 people. General Petreus called the … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Regents’ Response to Censorship Outrage: what does it promise?

In response to the national outrage over the removal of artist David Wojnarowicz’ video Fire In My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery following pressure from the Catholic League and Republican Congressional leaders, the Smithsonian Board of Regents formed an Advisory Panel*. Continue reading

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