Announcing this year's ACLU of Texas Banned Books Project's events --
packed with more excitement and eclectica than ever! Two read-a-thons
featuring local celebrities, an art show, and more! The annual report
listing books banned or challenged by Texas school districts will become
available to the public on Sept. 27 for just $5. For more info on the
project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Sept. 27 at 7pm
603 N. Lamar (6th & Lamar)
Bob Jensen, UT journalism professor; Laura Furman, English professor; Jesse
Sublett, writer; Jordan Steiker, UT Law professor; Spike Gillespie, writer;
Sarah Bird, writer; Jackie Goodman, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Austin;
Lesley Ramsey, Texas Fair Trade Coalition director; Nina Foxx, writer; Jake
Bernstein, Texas Observer editor; Scott Blackwood, writer; Danielle Tierney,
Planned Parenthood director of Public Affairs; Liz Belile, writer
Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 pm
Book Woman, 918 W. 12th St. (12th & Lamar)
Banned Books volunteer and lawyer Denise Brady; UT Law Professor Jack
Getman; poet Genevieve Van Cleve; Attorney Malcolm Greenstein;
Filmmaker/Kings'n Things co-founder Mocha Jean Herrup; NAACP Austin leader
Nelson Linder; Political Asylum Project of Austin Attorney Edna Yang; Chad
Nichols of the Transgressors; Planned Parenthood's Sebastian Colón; and
Activist Debbie Russell!
Artists Interruptus anti-censorship art show
Saturday, Oct. 2 from 5-9pm
The Old School, 1604 E. 11th St.
The show features works from Texas artists that have been banned by
galleries, cafes, and other public places, as well as pieces that deal with
frequently censored themes such as sexuality and the mystical. The show will
also feature prints of a 30-panel anti-censorship exhibit organized by the
Long Island Coalition Against Censorship; this is the exhibit’s first
showing in Texas. Music by Tyler of Sound Audiks; sound by System Surround
Post-exhibit party at the Longbranch Inn
Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9:30pm --???
1133 E. 11th St.
2003 Report Released
The 2003 report on Banned and Challenged Books in Texas Public Schools
has been released to kick off Banned Books Week.
You can download a pdf version of
the executive summary.
You can also view a table listing all
of the 2003 challenges in html. This file is rather large and may take
some time to load in your browser.
Printed versions of the report are available for $5 each by contacting
the ACLU of Texas office at 512-478-7309.
last seven years, the ACLU of Texas has requested information about banned
and challenged materials in Texas public schools through the Texas Public
"read-a-thons" are scheduled throughout Texas as
part of Banned Books Week. Perhaps you can join us at an event.
To raise awareness
about the level of challenges and bans in Texas public school libraries;
school officials to use professional librarian standards when confronted
with a challenge;
other state-level ACLU affiliates, library associations, and similar freedom
of expression interest groups to conducting similar surveys in their own