Supporting the Freedom To Read in Chicagoland
Library Defense is a grassroots coalition of educators, library workers, parents, neighbors & allies advocating for the freedom to read. Our vision is one where libraries remain affirming community spaces whose materials & programming reflect the beautiful diversity of the human experience.
We show up peacefully & in relationship with our communities in Northern Suburban Cook County to defend inclusive, affirming materials & programming at our libraries through physical presence at board meetings, letter-writing campaigns, call-in campaigns & other actions in support of the freedom to read.
Want to get started protecting the freedom to read in Illinois? Here are a few ways to get started:
Go to your local school board & library board meetings and speak in support of the freedom to read!
Visit your local public library & if inclusive books that are being challenged aren't there, request them!
Write notes of support to library staff!
Amplify these campaigns on social media!
Support Equity-Minded School & Library Board Candidates in the Upcoming Election: Right-wing astroturf organizations are running school and library board candidates in our area. We must show up at the polls & make sure candidates that support equity, inclusion & the freedom to read, are the ones making policy decisions for our community. Sign up to volunteer with the D219 Equity Candidate's campaign here.
(NOTE: Library Defense is not affiliated with the D219 Equity Candidates, & opinions expressed on this page or by members of the Library Defense coalition do not necessarily reflect the opinions of said candidates.)
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