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Book Riot Shares List of 2023 State Legislation Targeting Libraries
Kelly Jensen writes the following in “Proposed Legislation in Several States to Eliminate LGBTQ+, ‘Obscene’ Books” for Book Riot:
Right-wing politicians got the new legislative year off to an impressive start with several new bills across the country directly targeting books, reading, and intellectual freedom. Of course, we know that these bills aren’t about the books at all, but instead are another avenue to chip away at the rights of marginalized populations: people of color, queer people, and young people.
Here are some of the bills of concern, and this is not comprehensive. If you live in these jurisdictions, it is crucial to begin calling and writing your representatives. If you live in these areas and are part of an anti-censorship group, it is time to begin mounting an information campaign and engaging your community to respond. This is tiring and exhausting work, but you cannot give up now. Consider creative ways to have your voice heard. …
It also never hurts to name and shame the bill creators and their supporters. Their jobs should always be on the line.
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