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Organizations Team With ALA for the Unite Against Book Bans Campaign

ALA recruited a coalition of 25-plus groups that aims “to empower individuals and communities to fight censorship and protect the freedom to read. Organizations including the American Federation of Teachers [AFT] and the Authors Guild have joined [ALA]’s Unite Against Book Bans campaign to raise awareness about the recent rise in book challenges in public libraries and schools.” The coalition consists of advocacy groups, education leaders, businesses, nonprofits, civil rights groups, and more. ALA notes, “These groups are uniting around the principles of reading as fundamental to learning, the right of readers to access a variety of books, and the need to work together to protect that right.”

“Book bans are about limiting kids’ freedom to read and teachers’ freedom to teach,” says Randi Weingarten, president of AFT. “Parents agree—they want their children to learn the lessons of the past in an age-appropriate way, even as certain politicians try to turn classrooms into cultural battlefields and censor what gets taught. The majority of these bans target titles with racial and LGBTQ themes, cruelly erasing young readers’ lived experience. And while it’s uncomfortable to talk about tough issues like genocide, slavery and racism, reading honest history helps kids learn the good and the bad about our country and emerge as well-informed, engaged citizens of the world.”

“All of us who understand the importance of literature must ban together to fight this misguided, coordinated attack on our country’s literary culture. That is why we joined Unite Against Book Bans and continue to implement programs such as our recently launched Banned Books Club,” says Mary Rasenberger, CEO of the Authors Guild.

For more information and the list of groups supporting Unite Against Book Bans, read the press release.



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