Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bloggers Speak Out: Event Info & Giveaway!

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out. 

Readers and bloggers can still join in by emailing Natalie from her blog, Mindful Musings. There will be events running from Tuesday, September 21st through Sunday, October 3rd (the end of Banned Books Week).

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To support my fellow bloggers, Laurie Halse Anderson, and the students and teachers who have learned from the book Speak, I am giving away a copy of this book. This contest is open internationally. Everyone is invited to enter! This giveaway will end on Monday, October 4th. My freshman, sophomore, and junior students, who are either reading or have read Speak will choose the winner. If I have more than fifty entrants, I'll add in another prize. And I'll add a prize for every fifty entrants thereafter. So enter!

To enter, simply leave a comment that answers this question:

What is a cause that you are willing to SPEAK OUT for? 

Be sure to leave an email with your comment so that I can reach you if you win!


  1. Well - obviously the attempt to ban books is one thing - thanks for Speaking so loudly in defense of our youth!
    Please enter me!
    bsharp88@gmail.com or

  2. I am very much against racism and gay bashing!!
    Thanks for raising awareness on censorship.
    aronebur at gmail dot com

  3. This is such a great idea!! I think I might steal this same idea, but use it at my school as a student content. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. I am willing to SPEAK OUT for the right to not only SPEAK my mind, but the right to make my own choices about what I put into my mind, whether through books, movies, television, or anything else. I claim responsibility for my own thoughts and choices, and I expect the same for everyone else. I SPEAK OUT that I am MY OWN Person. I SPEAK OUT for "a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others."*

    *part of the Libertarian Party(U.S.) platform

    hopester777 at gmail dot com

  5. I'm not very sure.
    However, I think I would speak out for the cruelty of dogs and racism.

    regards: maidenhealer@hotmail.com

  6. i would have to speak out against racial and religious intolerance.


  7. Super! I'm so happy to see teachers and librarians jumping on this!

  8. Bullying! As a middle school teacher and someone who was bullied I can't stand it!

    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

  9. Protecting Children from Violence.

    New follower here!


  10. I will speak up for censorship and animal rights, especially in shelters.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

  11. I will speak up for anything I see that violates my principles and moral rights! (my friend thinks I should mind my own business, though)

    isabookwhore at gmail dot com

  12. I will speak out against the abuse of animals, women, and children...actually any injustice.

    Amy S.
    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

  13. I'm definitely willing to speak put when I feel as though people are trying to force their narrow-minded opinions onto others, such as in this case :o


  14. I am willing to speak out for religious intolerance. I have seen too much of it in my country and it angers me so much! I can't stand people who discriminate in the name of religion!!

  15. Close-minded and ignorant opinions. That is pretty broad, but seriously:
    Animal cruelty, racism, any form of abuse...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

  16. We have our voices to speak with them. When people don`t want to listen... we just have to Speak Loudly!


  17. There is too many causes which shouldn't be ignored and book banning is one of them.To fight against them menas to fight against human stupidity. Which is really hard and probably impossible...

    judittten at gmail dot com

  18. I'm willing to speak out against child and animal abuse.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  19. I will speak out for Child sexual and other abuse.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  20. I'm willing to speak out - well first of all, banned books. I would also stand up for racism, gay rights, abuse, etc.


  21. I'm willing, and do, to speak out against censorship, racism and anything else that fires me up.

    Especially equality, because I always hate it when wonderful people I adore get treated horribly for being different (whether it's skin color or sexuality).


    Thanks for your generosity :)

  22. I detest small-mindedness of any kind, but the issue that gets the most immediate response in me is animal cruelty. Any time I hear about a pet being abandoned or neglected my blood boils. I used to volunteer at a cat shelter and it was one of the most rewarding jobs I ever had.

  23. I speak up for the banning of books, really. More specifically, the banning of books that have personally helped me or a friend overcome something. The idea of banning a book that I personally connected to gets my blood boiling.

    I also speak up for issues like depression and social anxiety disorder, the latter of which no one really understands and refuse to diagnose as a serious symptom in relation to school or real life.

    Actually, I retract both my statements. I speak up for my opinions, any and all of them. If I feel a certain, strong way for something, I will say something. There used to be a time where I was like Melinda -- I was closed off, and would not speak for the life of me. That changed after I read the book: it affected me so profoundly. So now I will speak up for anything I believe in.

  24. I speak out for the right of everyone to have their own viewpoints and beliefs, and to make their own choices about their lives. Even when I disagree with somebody's point of view, I respect their right to have it and I expect everybody else to do the same.

    I also tend to be very vocal about the importance of the welfare state; the horror of cruelty to animals or children, or sexual violence; women's rights; and the importance of reading for children. So a variety of very different things there.

    There's other issues I care about but am not really vocal about, of course.

    My email's atalanta@mayitbe.co.uk ; I'd love to read this book.

  25. I will speak out for the destitute, for the starving, and the orphaned. I will speak out for those, who can’t yet speak for themselves. I will speak for those who can’t escape their own minds and I will speak until everyone is crying out on their behalf.
    E-mail: Bellacarolina33@aim.com

  26. I am willing to speak up for those who won't, or can't, speak up.


  27. I would speak out for animal rights Im a big animal lover and hate what I here and see about hurting animals.
    I also hate the banned books I never knew about that until I read about it on blogs. So many great books that should not be banned.
    What a great giveaway thank you very much for the chance :)

  28. I believe everyone has a right to speak out, but I would speak for those things that can't defend themselves -- children, animals, plants and books!


  29. Wow what a great question, my cause would be equality in female sports at all levels.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  30. Gay Bashing! I not even gay and I support and accept so why can't the rest of the world get over the fact that just because people like people of the same sex they aren't any differnt to the rest of us!!! We can't help who we fall in love with, I will even support the nest person who falls in love with a sand crab!


  31. What is a cause that you are willing to SPEAK OUT for?

    I'm willing to speak out for anything. Racisim, Inequality, anyone and anything that need a hand or another voice to speak from. I'd support people I care about with anything even if I didn't like what they were doing. The thing is that if someone needs help and are asking me, i'll do what I can.


  32. I speak out for those that can't speak for themselves - children.

    Thank you for this contest, thank you for speaking out!

  33. I SPEAK OUT for animal abuse and the military law not letting military families have pitbulls. I also SPEAK OUT against bullying especially since I've been bullied since the 1st grade.


  34. I SPEAK OUT for PEACE, LOVE and HAPPINESS. Anything that would lead to these makes me want to say something:):)


  35. I am willing to speak out against inequality of any kind. Please enter me in this giveaway!

    familyhistree at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E

  36. I'd Speak Out against racisim, animal and nature abuse!

    I think this was an amazing idea!

    Please enter me :)


  37. Something I've always wanted to speak out about is working conditions in third world countries, and how they're taken advantage of by our companies. Corporate greed, when we're rich enough as is.




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