Teaching for Change executive director Deborah Menkart was interviewed for this story in USA Today by Deborah Barfield Berry about the resistance to book bans. She noted that the chilling effect of book bans and anti-CRT laws extends beyond the books on official banned lists.
USA Today, December 29, 2023
WASHINGTON – They signed in for the online “Troublemaker Training’’ from places like Colorado, Michigan, New York and Tennessee. More than 70 attendees got tips on talking points they could use in the fight against book bans in their communities.
“Book banning . . . seems to be not going away,’’ Julie Womack, organizing director for Red, Wine & Blue, said as she kicked off the hourlong training in mid-December. “It continues to spread so it’s very likely to be something that will happen in your school district.”
The session was one of several hosted by Red, Wine & Blue, a grassroots group mobilizing suburban women, many of them liberal-leaning, as part of its campaign to push back against the rise of book bans. Across the country, national and local groups have launched projects to counter efforts to ban or restrict books, many written by authors of color or focused on issues like racism, gender identity and sexuality. Continue reading at USA Today.