Petition to Support our Libraries and Stand Against Censorship

Libraries in Parishes across the state are being targeted for censorship by political special interest groups and we need your help to stop them here in St Tammany. 

 

St Tammany Parish is a welcoming community to all and we stand firmly against banning books.  As such we endorse the following statements:

  • We believe that all young people in our Parish deserve to see themselves reflected in our library’s collection.
  • We know a large majority of Americans (75%) across the political spectrum oppose book bans.
  • We stand in opposition to the St Tammany Parish Accountability Project's proposed "Library Accountability Board" ordinance because we believe parents should not be making decisions for other parents’ children about what they read or what is available in our public libraries.
  • Banning books from public libraries is a slippery slope to government censorship and a violation of our first amendment rights.
  • We hold our library Director, board and library staff in high regard and trust them to do their jobs.

We are united against book bans and we ask that our Parish President and Council pledge to act to protect the rights of members of our community to access a variety of books, magazines and other media through our public libraries.

Information about what brought this petition about can be found here.

2,929 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jane Aslam
    signed via 2023-02-03 12:02:02 -0600
  • Aimee Hyatt
    signed 2023-02-03 10:52:11 -0600
  • Ingrid Laurendine
    signed 2023-02-03 10:49:59 -0600
    Banning books stifles progress and empathy … which is exactly the goal. It’s shameful, revisionist, exclusionary, and frightening.
  • Omaina Aziz
    signed 2023-02-03 10:28:03 -0600
  • Rachel Cranna
    signed 2023-02-03 10:27:09 -0600
  • Nicole Ralston
    signed 2023-02-03 08:54:47 -0600
  • Sandra Pecoraro
    signed 2023-02-03 08:52:29 -0600
  • Kaare Egedahl
    signed 2023-02-03 08:21:06 -0600
    I trust and stand by our librarians and libraries as one of the most functional and enriching parts of our government system.
  • Jessica Ringo
    signed 2023-02-03 08:15:04 -0600
  • Taylor Butera
    signed 2023-02-03 08:12:11 -0600
  • Reagan Peters-Roussell
    signed 2023-02-03 07:45:01 -0600
    By banning these books, you are banning our livelihoods, our histories. And to cut funding is to make such a necessary social good disappear not just for everyday folks but for those who need the safe haven, need the easy access to education. And so many libraries offer more than that: friends, free food, free clothing, shelter during storms, etc.
  • Talia Bromberg
    signed 2023-02-03 00:26:55 -0600
  • Susannah LeBlanc
    signed 2023-02-02 23:18:29 -0600
  • Anne Warren
    signed via 2023-02-02 23:17:30 -0600
  • Hana Jeansonne
    signed 2023-02-02 22:50:24 -0600
  • Madison Gable
    signed 2023-02-02 22:17:00 -0600
  • Marcela Spicuzza
    signed 2023-02-02 21:17:53 -0600
  • mckaylee guidry
    signed 2023-02-02 21:05:43 -0600
  • Kayla Reado
    signed 2023-02-02 21:03:39 -0600
  • Elizabeth McMillan
    signed 2023-02-02 20:44:33 -0600
  • Rocio Crabb
    signed 2023-02-02 20:44:14 -0600
  • Tyler Wascom
    signed 2023-02-02 20:27:12 -0600
  • Jorden Wascom
    signed 2023-02-02 20:20:03 -0600
  • Sabrina Dupre
    signed 2023-02-02 20:01:44 -0600
  • Aerial Mathews
    signed 2023-02-02 19:51:29 -0600
  • Teresa Morris
    signed 2023-02-02 19:46:24 -0600
  • Rebeca Fortenberry
    signed 2023-02-02 19:45:15 -0600
  • Amy Hall
    signed 2023-02-02 19:44:44 -0600
  • Emily Lind
    signed 2023-02-02 19:43:32 -0600
    In this country, some of us still believe that Nazi practices were inherently bad. Book banning is a hallmark of fascism, not democracy.
  • Brooke Eugin
    signed 2023-02-02 19:42:47 -0600