Monthly Archives: March 2013

“Persepolis” Banned in Chicago Public Schools

Last week, the best-selling graphic novel “Persepolis” was removed from Chicago’s middle and high school reading lists. This week, a spokeswoman for the school system has claimed that the word “censorship” was inappropriate, as teachers could still assign the book so long as … Continue reading

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Nazi Jokes Nixed North of the Border

A St. Mary’s High School student in Kitchener, Ontario was suspended on Tuesday after making controversial cracks about his school’s uniform policy. The student created his own version of the popular Hitler “Downfall” video meme on Youtube. In it Hitler … Continue reading

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No Rebel Rags in South Carolina Schools

The decision to suspend a South Carolina high school sophomore because of her wearing a Confederate Rebel Flag shirt has been held up by a federal appellate court. The student was initially suspended twice in 2006 for the questionable clothing. Both times … Continue reading

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No Sex in ‘The CNM Chronicle’

Yesterday, Central New Mexico Community College’s student newspaper—”The CNM Chronicle”— was recently shut down by college administrators after publishing an issue focusing on sex and sex education. While elements of the issue proclaimed themselves as “raunchy”, including a poll on … Continue reading

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Free speech defender Anthony Lewis dies at 85

New York Times columnist and Pulitzer-prize winning writer Anthony Lewis passed away this weekend. Lewis was a leading expert on constitutional law whose work in defense of free speech earned him the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001. We honored Lewis’ … Continue reading

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On Persepolis: Chicago Students “Exposed to Real Violence on a Daily Basis”

In an interview with PBS station WTTW Chicago last night, Barbara Jones, Executive Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, of the Chicago Teachers Union and two Lane Tech Seniors spoke about the removal of Persepolis from classrooms in Chicago Public Schools. … Continue reading

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Chicago Public Schools Demands ‘Persepolis’ Be Removed from Classrooms

Teachers and students gathered outside Lane Tech College Prep in the freezing rain Friday for a spirited protest. “Honk if you love free speech,” and “Closing Schools. Banning Books. What’s next?” students’ signs read. The protest was organized in response … Continue reading

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Censorship, Kids and the Internet

One part the internet, one part kids… mix and the result is a recipe for parental anxiety, mixed opinions from professionals and politicians, and overreaching attempts to control access to information. (See: Harlem Shake meme) This week the ACLU of … Continue reading

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Today is World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Organized by Reporters Without Borders, World Day Against Cyber Censorship pays tribute to the fight for internet freedom and to the citizens who have been arrested, harassed or affected in some way by government attempts to control information. Learn more … Continue reading

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Judge Upholds Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies

Arizona state officials rejoiced yesterday as a U.S. Circuit Judge upheld state law HB 2281, which prohibits any class that “advocates ethnic solidarity.” The law was written to advance the dissolution of the popular and effective Mexican-American Studies (MAS) Program … Continue reading

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