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Banned Books Week: National Organizations

National Organizations

  • American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
    19 Fulton St, Ste 407, New York, NY 10038 (212) 587-4025
    "...ABFFE’s mission is to promote and protect the free exchange of ideas, particularly those contained in books, by opposing restrictions on the freedom of speech; issuing statements on significant free expression controversies; participating in legal cases involving First Amendment rights; collaborating with other groups with an interest in free speech; and providing education about the importance of free expression..."
  • American Civil Liberties Union | Censorship
    125 Broad St, 18th Fl, New York, NY 10004 (212) 549-2500
    "The ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology (SPT) is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology..."
  • American Library Association | Office for Intellectual Freedom
    50 East Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-4223
    "The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials."
  • Association of American Publishers | Celebrating Freedom of Expression
    455 Massachusetts Ave NW, Ste 700, Washington, DC 20001-2777 (202) 347-3375
    "Throughout its history, the Association of American Publishers has been a strong and vocal advocate for First Amendment rights including the freedoms to speak and publish. Vigilance will always be needed to prevent encroachment on rights deemed essential since the founding of our republic."
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
    255 West 36th St, Ste 501, New York, NY 10018 (212) 679-7151
    "Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals."
  • Feminists Against Censorship
    BM FAC, LONDON WC1N 3XX (020) 8552-4405
    "Feminists Against Censorship was formed in 1989 by a group of long-time feminist academics and campaigners who wished to fight censorship from a feminist perspective. In the intervening years, we have been joined by younger women, including those in other professions, such as computer programming, photography, secretarial work, law, and the sex industry."
  • First Amendment Center | Speech | Libraries & First Amendment | Banned Books
    @ Vanderbilt University: John Seigenthaler Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 727-1600
    in Washington: 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 292-6288
    "The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government."
  • Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)
    50 East Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 280-4226
    "A foundation that promotes and defends the First Amendment right of free expression, particularly through library collections. The foundation also provides legal counsel and other support for libraries and librarians suffering injustices due to their defense of freedom of speech and of the press."
  • National Coalition Against Censorship
    275 Seventh Ave, New York, NY 10001 (212) 807-6222
    "The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of more than 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. NCAC’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms."
  • National Council of Teachers of English | Anti-Censorship Center
    1111 W. Kenyon Rd, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (217) 328-3870 or (877) 369-6283
    "NCTE offers advice, helpful documents, and other support at no cost to teachers faced with challenges to literary works, films and videos, drama productions, or teaching methods. NCTE’s Anti-Censorship efforts are currently only funded to provide a public service to members and nonmembers when they are facing challenges to literary works, films, and videos."
  • People for the American Way | Freedom of Speech
    1101 15th Street NW, Ste 600, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 467-4999
    "Democracy is a hollow promise if citizens aren't guaranteed freedom of expression. We're working to protect Americans' right to speak their minds without fear of reprisal."
  • List of Other "First Amendment Advocates" | from ALA/OIF
    This is a list of organizations and associations that support or advocate for first amendment rights. The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has listed them in alphabetical order and provided websites, physical addresses, and phone numbers.

George Bernard Shaw

"Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads."
—George Bernard Shaw

Benjamin Franklin

"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
—Benjamin Franklin



Walt Whitman

"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book."
—Walt Whitman

Salman Rushdie

"What is freedom of expression?  Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist"

--Salmon Rushdie

John F. Kennedy

"Libraries should be open to all - except the censor"

--John F. Kennedy