#FReadom Fighters

How we started:

On November 4, 2021 a group of librarian #FReadom fighters organized a twitter takeover of the #Txlege. We highlighted positive books and invited families, authors, librarians, teens, and parents to join. We shared this Information https://bit.ly/FReadom

Where we are going:

We are continuing actions to highlight the positive work of librarians, to speak up, and to provide resources for librarians, teachers or authors facing book challenges.

We invite you to join us, check out resources on our website, and follow along on hashtag #FReadom.

Background:

Representative Krause, Chairman of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, sent a letter to unnamed Texas school districts that has Incited a war on books. A war on knowledge. A war on access to information, a constitutionally protected first amendment right. Censorship from parents, community members, or politicians on information FOR ALL is still censorship.

We are all going to “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress” because of our race or sex at times. It’s the nature of the society we live in.

However, books build empathy. They help us to see others & understand their lived experiences. Every human being deserves to be seen and valued for their full and authentic selves.

If a book or book message conveys “that a person, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously” that is on often on the reader.

Every reader has the right to CHOOSE what they read or what they don’t want to read. As school librarians, we are charged to provide books and information that cover a broad range of topics & fulfill the interests of ALL students.

All parents have every right to restrict what our children read, but no one has the right to restrict what ALL children read according to individual ideas & beliefs.

Join Us!

We stand ready to defend the right of EVERY reader to read. That is every Americans’ constitutional right!

On this site, you will find lots of resources, a growing list of opportunities to participate In a hashtag that Is becoming a positive movement around the right to read!