The very first of MoveOn Bookmobile prohibited is on the move and will travel across multiple states, distributing as many banned books as possible to students to fight book bans by MAGA politicians like Ron DeSantis.
We hope to see you on the road! But whether you can join us in person or not, you can always show your support! That’s right, MoveOn just released our brand new special edition “The Books They Ban Are The Books I’ll Read Next” holographic bookmark – and we’re giving them away FREE while supplies last, as part of of our desire to celebrate books, the freedom to read and our fight against book bans.
Far-right extremists are waging a coordinated and relentless crusade to ban the books.
These efforts are intended to prevent students from learning about race, sexual orientation, gender identity, police brutality, the Holocaust, different cultures, and an unbiased version of our country’s history. From school boards and library boards to state legislatures, they are finding ways to remove books from shelves and from classroom lessons.
Among the most frequently banned books in America? “The Hate U Give”, written by Angie Thomas, which traces the life of a 16-year-old black girl from a poor neighborhood who attends an elite white private school and sees a white police officer shoot and kill her friend in childhood, with “Gender Queer”, a memoir on self-discovery and gender identity by non-binary author Maia Kobabe. In Florida, a parent’s complaint even had “The Hill We Climb,” a poem by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, which she read during President Biden’s inauguration, removed from a class program.
Unfortunately, this dangerous right-wing campaign to ban the books nationwide is only escalating.
The American Library Association reported a record number of attempted book bans — most of which target books written by or about people of color or members of the LGBTQ+ community — in 2022, almost doubled compared to the previous year.
How you can get involved:
It is vital that everyone can read essential works that teach empathy and compassion and address the most pressing issues facing our society.
That’s why MoveOn is supporting a range of efforts to fight book bans—of a banned bookmobile preparing to tour the country, to petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members, to ways people can proclaim their opposition to bans in their daily lives, including these bookmarks “The books they ban are the books I will read next”. By getting yours and using it proudly, you’ll join our fight to end book bans and raise awareness of GOP efforts to restrict learning and free speech.