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 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 special interest groups seeking to limit access or remove books from our libraries. These groups include the St Tammany Parish Library Accountability Project, Citizens for a New Louisiana, and AG Landry. 
  • We believe parents should decide for themselves what their children read and that individuals and groups from our community should not dictate what other parents let their children read or what books are available in our library. 
  • Limiting access to or 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 and our librarians 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.

3,526 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Meredith Bennett
    signed via 2022-12-04 12:43:35 -0600
  • Hannah Cummings
    signed 2022-12-04 12:29:40 -0600
  • Camryn Caserta
    signed 2022-12-04 12:27:21 -0600
  • Jared Toomey
    signed 2022-12-04 12:24:32 -0600
  • Ilene Petranek
    signed 2022-12-04 12:15:01 -0600
    We must stop this banning of books and forcing libraries to remove certain books! Everyone deserves access to more education which can be had by all for free in our libraries and public schools! This is fascism like Nazi Germany and how Hitler began! It must be stopped now!
  • James Ryan
    signed 2022-12-04 11:44:56 -0600
  • Elise Glorioso
    signed 2022-12-04 11:43:38 -0600
  • Kim Jameson
    signed via 2022-12-04 11:43:14 -0600
  • Christina Kelly
    signed 2022-12-04 11:15:11 -0600
  • Bill Badon
    signed via 2022-12-04 11:14:26 -0600
  • richard lo piccolo
    signed 2022-12-04 10:38:14 -0600
  • Maxine Schmidt
    signed 2022-12-04 10:18:57 -0600
  • Deborah McCarter
    signed via 2022-12-04 10:03:10 -0600
  • Sharon Plourde
    signed 2022-12-04 09:34:53 -0600
  • jennifer diaz
    signed via 2022-12-04 09:30:22 -0600
  • Madeline Tedesco
    signed via 2022-12-04 09:24:53 -0600
  • Rushin Catherine
    signed 2022-12-04 09:08:53 -0600
  • Pamela Raintree
    signed via 2022-12-04 09:06:20 -0600
    Transgender research began in the 1930s, or earlier. As a transgender child, growing up in the 1960s, I could not find a single reference to people like myself, in our library. That was the ONLY place I could have found anything to help me understand myself, because the greater community only told me to hate myself for not being like them. The lack of information helped NO ONE. Even though I was a child, I had a right to know the truth about myself. Children today have that same right. How could ANYONE, of good conscience, deprive a child of that right?
  • Michael Anders
    signed via 2022-12-04 08:26:43 -0600
    This is not a theocracy, and libraries are a gateway to knowledge and diversity of perspectives that belongs to EVERYONE. If everyone had veto power over library content with which we personally disagreed, the libraries would be empty.

    Any politically motivated group willing to defund and shut down libraries over their personal offesnse at lgbtq+ representation, over science that contradicts their religious convictions, …is no better than Taliban terrorists, who destroyed irreplacable cultural treasures that happened to reflect pre-Islamic history.
  • Rev. Gary G. Friend II
    signed via 2022-12-04 08:22:06 -0600
  • Cashel Rodriguez
    signed via 2022-12-04 08:17:23 -0600
  • Courtney Calato
    signed via 2022-12-04 07:16:21 -0600
  • Carrie Gervais
    signed via 2022-12-04 06:26:26 -0600
  • Christine West
    signed via 2022-12-04 05:34:43 -0600
  • Ivy Moorman
    signed 2022-12-04 05:24:58 -0600
  • Earl Dawson
    signed 2022-12-03 22:37:56 -0600
  • Meg Jurisich
    signed 2022-12-03 21:58:06 -0600
  • Catalina Reyna
    signed 2022-12-03 21:35:12 -0600
  • Cristy Davidson
    signed via 2022-12-03 20:52:29 -0600
  • George Macri
    signed via 2022-12-03 20:04:28 -0600