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How To Fight New Obscenity Laws Targeting Librarians

So far this yr, eight states have introduced legislation that makes it simpler to prosecute academics and librarians beneath “obscenity” and “harmful to minor” legal guidelines — these have been weaponizing in latest ebook banning battles, getting used towards librarians and educators only for having LGBTQ books or intercourse schooling books on the cabinets.

EveryLibrary, a PAC that lobbies for libraries, has launched a policy brief to assist educate about these legal guidelines in addition to define methods to combat them. It goes over state obscenity and dangerous to minor legal guidelines, and the way they apply to academics and librarians. It then evaluations associated state laws in 2021 and 2022, each the legal guidelines that handed and those that failed.

The coverage temporary additionally has recommendation for anti-censorship advocacy for librarians, educators, directors, unions {and professional} associations, and different stakeholders like mother and father and library customers. They end with efficient anti-censorship messaging and locations to get help, together with at EveryLibrary. For instance:

“When someone is uncomfortable with a book or movie they don’t have to read or watch it. Changing obscenity laws would criminalize libraries in our state. That means everyone’s right to read is under threat.”

You can obtain the total report at EveryLibrary.

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