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Featured Community Event: CFOIC Sunshine Week - Banning Books Nationally and in CO - 6:30 PM

The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition invites the public to Conversation About Book Banning Nationally and in Colorado in-person and streamed live online.


Rachael Johnson, Colorado-based attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Rachael is representing the Crested Butte News in its appeal of a district court ruling that lets Gunnison County residents remain anonymous if they wish to have library books banned or relocated.


Jamie LaRue, executive director of the Garfield County Library District and former director of the Douglas County libraries, where he dealt with more than 250 attempts to remove or restrict access to library materials. Jamie also was executive director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation and he is working on an essay, “On Censorship: A Public Librarian Examines Cancel Culture in the USA.”

R. Alan Brooks, Regis University professor, author of the “The Burning Metronome” and “Anguish Garden” graphic novels, and creator of the award-winning weekly comic for The Colorado Sun, “What’d I Miss?” Alan was threatened on social media after announcing he was writing a graphic novel that was an allegory for leaving white supremacist movements.

Krista Kafer, Sunday opinion columnist for The Denver Post. Krista has written about the Gunnison County library case and is working on a magazine article on the topic.

The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. after CFOIC presents its Jean Otto Friend of Freedom Award to Marc Flink, former legal counsel for the Rocky Mountain News and a former CFOIC board member.

For more info or to view the recording after the event, see COLab, the Colorado news journalism collaborative. They consist of The Colorado Sun, The Denver Post, Colorado Press Association, and Rockford Gray and the Society of Professional Journalists – Colorado Pro Chapter:

Free and open to the public, but in-person tickets are first-come first served because space at the CAVEA Theater is limited.

To attend in-person (if link does not work, it's likely that the in-person event is full), register
 : here

Register to stream live on CFOIC's YouTube channel: here
Thursday, March 16, 2023, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
In person and live on CFOIC's Facebook page. A recording link will be available on CFOIC's w

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