Book Censorship News, August 19, 2022

This week, local band Moms For Liberty lost their attempt to get gay sex It was removed from Barrington School District 220. Parents, community members who supported the right to read, LGBT people, and teachers in the district attended the meeting, and the committee that reviewed the book found it appropriate for their high school library.

While this was happening, a new billboard appeared in Crystal Lake, Illinois, which is a few miles west of Barrington. The billboard said districts in the city needed to stop having sex with children, and at their school board meeting the same night a regular right-wing staple appeared and spoke out about government plots related to the 1918 pandemic (she’s been pissed at a book in their school library since January on the least). This individual made three Freedom of Information Act requests Within minutes to the school district. The first, which was rejected, demanded to know the sexual lives of teachers and students in the area. The second and third requests were searchable in Google.

Carrie snuggles between Crystal Lake and Barrington, who has her own bloodline of right-wing parents eager to get their say on education.

Not far from Lake In The Hills, Barrington, Cary, and Crystal Lake is where UpRising Bakery was vandalized in July because they were hosting lunch for all ages at their own business. The event was called off as they cleaned up damage from the person who drove over an hour to destroy the space the night before the show, and what followed was an ACLU lawsuit against the town over the way it decided to proceed. The queer-owned bakery was able to host the show for an audience that ran out completely after a few days.

UpRising also sent teachers in Barrington a welcome return feast to start the school year and support them as they come under constant attack by groups with agendas and no background in education.

Never fear. Local group Moms For Liberty tweeted their support for teachers Calbarnet (Yes, it’s misspelled that way), and then came to a board meeting to talk about indoctrination.

I’m sure I’m not saying anything that would shock readers here, but if it wasn’t already obvious, maybe it makes this clear: while it’s about books, it’s by no means about books. It’s about the systematic erasure of gay people. If books weren’t available and teachers were called by any number of names, gay people would be gone, right? And if a private business is sabotaged – by someone who was in the January 6 rebellion – It’s not about education or indoctrination, is it?

I was unable to hold a board meeting in Barrington to support LGBT members in the area. Despite this, and even though I am not a citizen of the community but a citizen of a neighboring town, I wrote a letter. I’m sharing it here in the hope that it helps others who are looking for ways to act and how to approach letter writing. You are welcome to copy and modify as appropriate.

I’ve shared a model before. This is this extended template. In addition to providing support for writers and for members of the LGBT community, I took the time to identify the people behind these drives to limit intellectual freedom and the “where and how” of these coordinated movements.

In addition to sending the letter to the Board of Directors, I also emailed every teacher librarian in the district thanking them for their hard work. A board member thanked me for that, because they knew how ugly the rhetoric and discussion about these hardworking members of the school community could be.

That’s a lot for the Joyful Warrior floors that support teachers.


I wanted to share the story above because a lot of that’s news for me this week. I live here, spend a lot of time researching block books and accessing information, however, I didn’t know what was going on in Crystal Lake. It was a reminder of how pervasive this right-wing nationalism is, and, more than that, how the local media fails to monitor these things – they are put on citizens to share this information, gather together, show up and make sure who – that Student rights At the forefront of education.

This is neither the beginning nor the end of Barrington’s challenges. Retained area boy boy Earlier this year, there are many other books on the agenda for review. Those include Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. Flamer, This Book is Gay, Fighting Words. FlamerAnd the Not all boys are blue.

It is also troubling that, with the exception of Chicago Media Collective, no media outlet in Chicagoland had reported this story until Thursday (the meeting was on Tuesday). They gave space to those who caused a gay panic earlier this summer, but radio silence prevailed. This means that parents who wish to appear to support education as a means of expanding worldviews remain in complete ignorance about what is happening.

The lack of local media, as well as the legacy media’s focus on only the most clicked stories, is in large part why we are where we are – and why we continue to plow from these well-organised, well-funded hate groups.

call to action

Designed by parents and librarians, the Get Ready Stay Ready Kit is one way to prepare as a private citizen. This ongoing effort is an incredible resource for staying current on issues related to censorship and how you can prepare for and fight these agendas. There are letters and forms you can use to contact school boards and libraries, training and educational resources to increase your knowledge, abundant resources for civic engagement, support for LGBT people, and seeing and strengthening the voices of marginalized people. Save this and refer to it often while you work to ensure access to information and ongoing support for students, teachers, and librarians across the country.


Book Censorship News: August 19, 2022

  • Missouri’s new law allows for a fee for “explicit” materials, so educators pull books from classrooms and libraries.
  • The Idaho State Library Committee just renewed its electronic materials policy, which is very disturbing: “Another change to the committee’s policy includes removing a section stating that the committee “recognizes the responsibility of individuals in choosing their reading materials” […] While a person may refuse material for themselves and their minor children, they may not restrict others’ access to such material,” reads another infected section.”
  • Logan, Iowa Public Library is hearing complaints about a children’s book about Harvey Milk.
  • In the good news, Alpine Public Schools will do Not More than 50 books removed from schools (UT). This is the opposite of their previous decision.
  • “The library is not inclusive of my Christian morals,” she said. “There are Christians in this city who think like me. You don’t have to agree with us, but I ask that you respect us and include our opinions in the decision-making process. “This is in Wellington, Colorado, and I think her Christian morals don’t worry about the fact that she’s using her husband – a board member – to push her agenda.
  • A member of the Rocky River City School Board (OH) does not understand the merits or purpose of blue eye. These people make decisions about your children’s education.
  • Edwards said that books are not banned from entering schools; They won’t be available in the media center.” Then where are they? These are Davison Schools in Michigan.
  • State Representative Jared Patterson (Texas) challenges 23 new books in the Frisco Independent School District.
  • Changes are under consideration by the Hempfield District School Board [PA] It will expand the role that parents play in reviewing course materials and library books that face challenges.” Parents are not teachers. They have no say in what someone else’s children can access. This is a nice reminder that part of all of these challenges is undermining the profession of teachers and librarians. , which reduces the value of experience in favor of parental opinions. I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve seen what parents are posting on Facebook, and I’d rather take my chances that the teacher gives my child a book.
  • An absolute mess of the situation at Enid Public Schools (OK) where teachers were told they needed to immediately remove 44 books from the school, and then that was undone.
  • Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” has been challenged for “baby and euthanasia.” Other books challenged were “Carlos Gomez Fristelles” by Chuck Gonzalez, “Cultivation of Strong Girls” by Nancy Evans, “Julian The Mermaid” by Jessica Love, “Gender Conscious Parents’ Guide to Gender Identity” by Darlene Tando, and “What Riley Wore” by Elana K. Arnold and Linda Davick.” These were the six books recently challenged in the schools of Prince William County (Virginia). They have not been removed.
  • The Washington Mead School District is considering banning books on sex and “critical race theory.”
  • normal duo She was challenged at Wayzata High School (MN) but will be kept.
  • “This cannot be emphasized strongly enough… There is no sexually explicit material in the children’s area of ​​the library! There is no pornography in the library. The library does not have a single title that circulates to incite fear and hatred. This novel was crafted and executed to incite a group of people to act against their own experience and judgment, or worse yet act within narrow self-interest.” This letter comes from Kimber Glidden, director of the Boundary County Library, who has just resigned from her position due to harassment from a certain group of agitators.
  • A reminder that in Kentucky, county judges can now decide who is on the library’s board of directors. That force was located in the State Department of Libraries and Archives.
  • How to Find and Develop a Local Anti-Censorship Group: Book Censorship News, August 12, 2022
  • Sample talk with school boards and libraries about book bans: Book Censorship News, August 5, 2022
  • School Board Project Round Two: Book Censorship News, July 29, 2022
  • What will help you fight book bans?: Book Censorship News, July 22, 2022
  • How to tackle misinformation and book challenges: Book Censorship News, July 15, 2022
  • Protect Yourself Now: Book Censorship News, July 8, 2022
  • How to Directly Impact Democracy: Book Censorship News, July 1, 2022
  • Librarian Vandalizes Two Public Libraries, Spray Painting “Groomers”: Book Censorship News, June 24, 2022
  • “Once the books start appearing off the shelves, we’ll see you in court.”: Book Censorship News, June 17, 2022

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