The school year just began, and we need your help to combat an unprecedented, coordinated effort to ban books.
Though censorship is nothing new, the current push to ban books is stronger than ever before. Book bans have increased 40% over the last year, which is a record high. Librarians have removed thousands of books from the shelves, mostly titles by and about people with marginalized identities.
The ACLU has a 100-year legacy of winning free speech cases, and we're continuing the fight today by taking book bans to court. But to keep this going, we need more First Amendment advocates to commit to the fight ahead. Are you with us?
If you agree that banning books is a violation of our First Amendment rights and everyone should be able to read whatever they want, add your name here.
Book bans reached a fever pitch in 2022. Here's the crisis we're facing:
- Book bans have impacted 4 million students at more than 5,000 schools.
- More than 2,500 books have been banned across 32 states.
- 41% of challenged and banned books had an LGBTQ+ protagonist.
- 40% of banned books included a prominent character of color.
The ACLU is uniquely prepared to respond to school censorship, and we're fighting back with local advocates across the state. But if we're going to keep up with this onslaught of school censorship, we need grassroots advocates like you to keep showing up.
Thanks for helping us defend free speech in schools and protecting all of our rights and liberties.