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Sign the petition to fight against Citrus County Commissioners denying Americans access to the New York Times through the library

Politicians Don't Get To Censor Libraries

Sign the petition to fight against Citrus County Commissioners denying Americans access to the New York Times through the library

 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Citrus County Commission in Florida came to a consensus at the end of October: The county should not buy digital subscriptions to the New York Times for the 70,000 library-card holders who reside in the county.

Of course, it's probably no surprise that President Trump proudly retweeted the news that the County Commission was violating both the beliefs and values of librarianship as well as this direct violation of the First Amendment. But now we have an incredible opportunity to stand up for the rights of Americans.

That's why we launched this petition to show your support for the library and the First Amendment.


A donation of $10 helps us reach 1,000 more Americans like you who care about the First Amendment and access to information.


“Do we really need to subscribe to the New York Times?” one commissioner asked during the meeting.

“Why the heck would we spend money on something like that?” asked another.

Commissioner Scott Carnahan appeared the most passionate against approving the funding, alluding to political reasons as part of his decision.

“Fake news, I agree with President Trump,” Carnahan said. “I don’t want the New York Times in this county. I don’t agree with it, I don’t like 'em, it’s fake news and I’m voting no. They can take that money and do something else with it ... I support Donald Trump."

Librarians are highly trained information professionals with Masters’ Degrees and libraries are subject to the first Amendment since they are government agencies themselves. Therefore libraries do not reject, censor, or deny Americans access to information based on the current political agendas of local political leaders. Librarians strongly believe that American’s deserve the right to access information and make their own decisions about their beliefs. In fact, decisions by political leaders to restrict access to information goes against both the beliefs and core values of libraries as well as the First Amendment itself.

After all, “Democracy dies in darkness” – Washington Post

**** UPDATE ***

The County Commissioners are now attempting to walk back their decision and claim that it was a financial decision regardless of their previous words and actions. This is probably the email that you will get in response to signing this petition -

“Please , do your homework instead of reading one sided news articles. We supply The NY Times in print form for our libraries. We haven’t taken away the paper from our residents. We just decided that $2700 for digital subscription is to much.

Thank you
Commissioner Carnahan”

Who's signing

Karen Morrow
J. Berendt
Daniel Penzer
Judith Fischer
Ralph Tomlinson
Sarah Slack
Karen Kimmerly
Dennis Hurshman
Mary Toomey
Mary Kramer
Mary Mallory
Jacqueline Rafferty
Alicia Herrington
Leslie Stewart
Aubrey Watson
Greg Soutiea
Gloria Smestad
Paula Weiner
Louisa Verma
Debby Holland
Paul Brittain
Martha McMillian
Kate Schultz
Jonathan Nicol
Laurie Metzner
Tracy McCowan
Stephanie Brussell
279 signatures

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