Banned Books Week

Oct. 1st, 2012 - Started in 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the wealth of creative expression that is stifled when books can be forbidden from library shelves. The ACLU has always vigilantly defended the First Amendment and the right to free speech. We believe in an educated citizenry and a society where ideas are openly disseminated, discussed, and debated. And throughout our history, we have worked to protect the right to access information, and the right to make up your own mind.


#IReadBannedBooks 2012

In celebration of the freedom to read, ACLU's Blog of Rights will be featuring a week-long blog series on our fight against banned books and banned websites. Read more »

Banned Books Quiz

Are you a Totally Banned Bookworm or a Literary Lightweight? Find out what kind of banned books reader you are! Take the quiz »



Don't Filter Me: Web Content Filtering in Schools

In February 2011, the ACLU LGBT Project launched the "Don't Filter Me" campaign to tackle the problem of public schools blocking access to web resources on LGBT issues, including materials on dealing with bullying in schools. Just as Banned Books Week raises awareness of censorship of literary works, Banned Websites Awareness Day is designed to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites. Read more »


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