Fighting Book Bans: Lessons from Florida

Sunday June 4 @ 1:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EDT

Right-wing organizations have launched a coordinated attack on the nation’s public schools and children’s freedom to read. Grassroots groups have mobilized to fight the book bans and support children’s right to read and learn America’s full history.

Join us for a briefing with the leadership of the Florida Freedom to Read Project about the attacks on books in their state and how you can help fight back.

About the speakers

Directed by three moms with children in public school, the Florida Freedom to Read Project brings together parent-led groups from across the state to protect every student’s right to access information and ideas. 

This event is sponsored by the DVC, and co-sponsored by:

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party
  • Field Team 6
  • Bay Area Coalition
  • Sister District Peninsula
  • Peninsula Democratic Coalition

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More than a thousand tireless DVC phone bankers made almost a million calls to voters.


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Including 94,215 calls to Georgia to win back the Senate!