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The ACLU of Michigan's mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees to new areas through all the tools at our disposal: public education, advocacy, organizing, and litigation. 

Read our case summary - "Book Banning is Back"


Read our letter to Michigan's Superintendents 

MI Right to Read Coalition 

A grassroots coalition of concerned Michigan residents organized by the Michigan Library Association. The coalition opposes any attempts to ban books from Michigan libraries based on content subjectively deemed inappropriate. Its purpose is to educate the public and propose/support legislation that protects First Amendment rights and intellectual freedom. 


Library of Michigan 

The state library provides a general overview of the First Amendment as it applies to Michigan public libraries, including tips and links to resources for materials challenges and library policies affecting First Amendment rights. 

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American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom Challenge Support  

American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom Challenge Support: The ALA’s mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Freedom to Read Foundation 

FTRF  is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association.  FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.

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National Coalition Against Censorship’s Book Censorship Action Kit  

Every generation of Americans faces new and significant challenges to free expression. For almost 50 years, NCAC has acted as a first responder to protect this freedom, which is both a fundamental human right and a keystone of democracy in the ever-changing American nation. We promote freedom of thought and inquiry and oppose censorship. When controversy occurs, we encourage and facilitate dialogue between divergent voices and perspectives, including those that have historically been silenced. 

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PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

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MOASH - Michigan Organization of Adolescent Sexual Health
MOASH is an organization that provides cultural competency training and support to public school districts on LGBTQ-related education issues.

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Stand with Trans

Stand with Trans provides support for trans youth and their families.

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GLSEN Chapter of SE Michigan

GLSEN is a national organization that works to provide safe and supportive learning environments for LGBTQ students.

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Parents and Friends of LGBTQs is a national organization that provides support for parents and family members of LGBTQ people- has chapters throughout Michigan.

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Part of our series: Hostile Territory: Mapping LGBTQ+ Censorship in Michigan