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FTRF Recent Memoranda

Theresa Chmara's July 2012 memorandum on recent filtering decisions

Historical Memoranda

2004: Minors' Rights to Receive Information Under the First Amendment

1999: Open Records Requests Seeking Information Concerning Complaints About Patrons Accessing “Inappropriate” Material on Public Library Internet Terminals

FTRF Letters & Statements

FTRF joins letter to Congressional leaders in support of USA FREEDOM Act – H.R. 3361 in the House and S. 1599 in the Senate (Nov. 21, 2013)

FTRF joins letter to Congressional committees in support of S. 1452 (Surveillance Transparency Act) and H.R. 3035 (Surveillance Order Reporting Act).  (Sept. 30, 2013)

FTRF signed letter to Pres. Barack Obama and administration and congressional leaders demanding that technology companies be permitted to release information about the number of requests for information under the USA Patriot Act and other authorities, and to release the government's own data on surveillance. (July 18, 2013)

FTRF joined dozens of organization in signing letters to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and to President Obama regarding implementation, compliance, and enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act.  The letters were spearheaded by (February 19, 2013)

In January 2012, the Tucson Unified School District announced it was canceling its Mexican American Studies classes and removing a number of books used in the curriculum from all school classrooms.  In response, FTRF joined a statement in opposition to book censorship in the Tucson Unified School District (Jan. 30, 2012)

In July 2011, FTRF and the ACLU sent a letter to MOREnet to protest its default settings for web filters going to Missouri public schools. The settings blocked websites of pro-LGBT organizations but not anti-LGBT ones. In response, MOREnet announced it would change its default settings.  Read the ACLU press release here. (2011)

FTRF protests Topeka, Kans., sex ed book removals (2009)

Violence in the Media: A Joint Statement (2000). Developed following calls for restricting access to violent media in the wake of the Columbine shootings, FTRF joined ABFFE, AAP, ASJA, AAUP, the Authors Guild, and PEN American Center in issuing this statement.

Free Expression/Freedom of Access Statements

Freedom to Read Statement (endorsed by FTRF)

Libraries: An American Value

Freedom to View Statement 

Library Bill of Rights



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