Are you seeing book bans in your community? Tell us.
Censorship is the suppression of content or ideas – and it happens when one group imposes their beliefs on another. Banning books is a type of censorship, but the act can take many forms. Removing a book from the shelf isn’t the only method that amounts to censorship – requiring parental permission to read it or moving it to a less accessible section are both unique examples of soft censorship.
The ACLU has defeated censorship attempts throughout the nation for over 100 years, take us at our word: the first step to dismantling any effort to limit access to books – and protecting the themes and experiences they feature – is being able to identify it.
As calls for book bans continue, The ACLU-NJ is interested in learning more about how censorship attempts are showing up in your communities. We have been partnering with advocates who are fighting back against book bans, and we are keeping track of all censorship attempts across the state. If you know of censorship attempts in your local public library or school district, we want to hear from you – tell us where censorship is happening in New Jersey.