BANNED AID

Part 3: Take Action Against Book Banning!

Fandom Forward Presents Book Defenders: fandomforward.org/bookdefenders

HOW TO FIGHT AGAINST BANNED BOOKS

As part of your Banned Books Party, make sure you also plan time in your event for everyone to take action against the banning of books. Below are suggestions for how to take action right now and how to commit to taking action long-term!

Take Action Right Now!

  • At Fandom Forward we have partnered with student activists at Texas’s Vandegrift High School. They have formed a banned book club, and they need our support! Write an email to the school’s Governance Team
    (governance.team@leanderisd.org) and ask them to include student representation on their reconsideration committee.
  • Find a school in your area that is suffering from book bans and send an email similar to the one above to the decision makers at that school district.
  • Purchase a banned book from an independent bookstore: Show the authors of banned books that we will continue to support them no matter what! Check out our suggested list on Bookshop, a website that sup-
    ports local, independent bookstores with every online purchase.
  • Post on social media about a banned book and advocate for why it shouldn’t be banned: Whether it’s a photo from your camera roll, a poem you were inspired to write, or a piece of art you created, visibility
    is such an important part of defending banned books. Show (and tell) us why your favorite banned book shouldn’t be banned!
  • Report censorship of a banned book: Our friends at the American Library Association have an excellent resource for reporting censorship of books. Visit the ALA website to fill out the information about a book that was banned to raise awareness.

Take Action Long-Term

  • Are you inspired by the students at Vandegrift High School? Consider starting your own Fandom Forward chapter and specifically make your chapter a banned books club. Check out our site for how to get started!
  • Volunteer at your local library: As a library volunteer, you can encourage supervisors and peers to support banned books and make sure they are available for members of your community.
  • Attend one of Fandom Forward’s training sessions this summer! Learn more here.

Additional Resources

Defend what you love! You keep banning: We’ll keep reading. Fandom Foward Presents Book Defenders.

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