Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Freedom to Read Foundation

  • Chicago, IL
  • http://www.ftrf.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1969, the Freedom to Read Foundation: } Promotes and protects the freedom of speech and of the press; } Protects the public's right of access to information and materials stored in the nation's libraries; } Safeguards libraries' right to disseminate all materials contained in their collections; and } Supports libraries and librarians in their defense of First Amendment rights by supplying them with legal counsel or the means to secure it. The Foundation is devoted to the principle that the solution to offensive speech is more speech, and the suppression of speech on the grounds that it gives offense to some infringes on the rights of all to a free, open and robust marketplace of ideas.

ruling year

1972

Executive Director & Secretary

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Barbara M. Jones

President since 2013

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Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

Keywords

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censorship, First Amendment, libraries, freedom to read, book, civil liberties, banned, Constitution

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EIN

23-7102086

 Number

5969039758

Also Known As

FTRF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Freedom to Read Foundation has been involved with many landmark First Amendment cases. In the past few years, it has: } helped to strike down provisions in the Communications Decency Act that would have censored the Internet; } successfully helped citizens in Loudoun County, Va., overturn a mandate to filter all library Internet access; } assisted in successful litigation in New Mexico, New York, and Michigan to overturn statewide Internet censorship laws; and } supported the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver in its successful efforts to protect the privacy of its customers' purchase records; Among the cases currently being worked on, the Freedom to Read Foundation is: } challenging the Children's Internet Protection Act, which would force libraries accepting federal E-Rate funds to filter all Internet access (in June 2002 we won a unanimous decision from a special Third Circuit three-judge panel); } assisting individual libraries as they face challenges to policies, such as their privacy, display, and Internet policies; and } opposing President Bush's recent order to hollow out the Presidential Records Act, thereby preventing access to former presidents' records. And of course, year after year we fight the removal of (and restriction of access to) books and other materials from school and public libraries throughout the country.

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FREEDOM TO READ FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director & Secretary

Barbara M. Jones

President

Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

BIO

Ms. Jones brings 25 years of active engagement on intellectual freedom issues to her position. She served on the FAIFE (Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) IFLA Standing Committee, serving as Secretary to FAIFE from 2007-2009. She was a member of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (1990-1994, 2001-2003) and has served on the IFC Privacy Subcommittee (2009). In 2004-05 (and 1986-87) she served as Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. She has also served as an ACRL Legislative Advocate and has on state Intellectual Freedom Committees in Iowa and Minnesota. As a FAIFE trainer and expert advisor, Barbara has developed curricula and training programs, and conducted workshops internationally.

In 1995, Barbara Jones received a Ph.D. in U.S. Legal History from the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. She also holds an M.A. in History, Archival Management, and Historical Editing from New York University; an M.L.S. from the Columbia University School of Library Service; an M.A.T. in English from Northwestern University; and, a B.A. in English from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.

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