What You Can Do
Common Scenarios & Resources
Participate In Local Conversations Around Intellectual Freedom
Be Part of Your Community’s Organizations
Contact Your NYS Legislators
Given the importance of intellectual freedom and free speech to our democracy, legislators can play a key role via the bills they support or sponsor, including bills related to privacy and education that may reflect intellectual freedom values. You can find your legislator using the link below.
Write To Your School Officials
Writing letters to school districts about censorship is essential as it allows concerned individuals to voice their objections, defend intellectual freedom, and protect students’ access to diverse ideas. Such letters raise awareness, hold officials accountable, and contribute to maintaining an open and inclusive learning environment for all students. Use the link below for a sample letter template you can use.
Write To Your Local News Outlet
Write an opinion or letter to the editor to your local news outlet on the importance of defending intellectual freedom in your communities. You can get started by personalizing one of our sample letters linked below.
Free For All: New Yorkers for Intellectual Freedom is dedicated to ensuring library workers and librarians are supported and prepared for any intellectual freedom challenges they may experience.
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*These numbers are from the American Library Association in their 2022 National Report