Stop censorship! If they can tell you what to read, they can tell you what to think. Help us defend librarians facing censorship challenges.
The Freedom to Read Foundation was a plaintiff in one of the key First Amendment lawsuits of the latterhalf of the 20th Century, American Library Association v. United States Department of Justice. In 1997,the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act in a unanimous decision. TheCourt rendered a landmark decision hailed as "the birth certificate of the Internet," holding that speech onthe Internet is entitled to the highest level of First Amendment protection, similar to that given to booksand newspapers.
An important aspect of the decision is the Court's analysis that the CDA, if allowed to stand, would"reduce the adult population [on the Internet] to reading only what is fit for children." Librariesspecifically would have been harmed in their ability to provide information to their patrons. TheFreedom to Read Foundation often works on important First Amendment cases which, even if they don'tseem at first to touch libraries, inevitably could harm citizens' ability to access a wide range ofinformation freely - the very mission of libraries.
Since that decision, FTRF has helped fight similar restrictive legislation in New Mexico, Michigan, Arizona, Vermont, andVirginia. So far every court decision has vindicated our efforts.