Hey, click here to find out about AS IF! (Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom). A group of us teen author types got this organization together when we heard about a school in Austin, Texas, that turned down a $3 million grant because the donor wanted them to take a particular book off the optional reading list for 12th-graders (it had a story in it about two gay men). In an awesome display of coolness, the school said no thanks, we think our students should be able to choose their own books!
We authors issued a statement in support of the school, signed
copies of our books and mailed them off — and now the school librarian
is starting a "Freedom Library" of all the donated books.
Has anything like this ever happened at your school? Or, have you ever gotten together with your friends to make a statement about something you believe in, or to try to change something you thought was wrong? Write & tell me about it! I'll post your stories here.
(Attention Comrades! If you need an opportunity to practice reading Cyrillic, you can also read the AS IF! press release here. Seriously, this freedom of speech thing is serious bizness, as our friends in the former Soviet Socialist Whatsit know all too well. IMHO, there is nothing more true-blue patriotic and in the spirit of all that's best about the US of A than accepting that people swing all kinds of different ways: politically, religiously, culturally, romantically, favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor-wise and every other which way, and that it's ALL cool and we can be neighbors and co-citizens and work it all out using this nifty system of elected government we have here. Go, diversity & democracy! Two great d-words that go great together.)