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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett

We strongly urge you to reconsider the recent decision to remove the award-winning and critically acclaimed graphic novel graphic novel Persepolis from 7th to 10th grade classrooms in Chicago Public Schools.

Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and it has been taught in many classes in the Chicago Public School district and across the country. The novel gives a realistic and honest depiction of the world that we live in. It's this kind of literature that give the next generation of Americans the tools to process what they see on the news every night and to make logical and informed arguments about current events. Persepolis shouldn't be censored - it should be on every young adult's reading list across the country. 


Signed,

Kristen Cattell

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

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The Chicago Public Schools recently announced that they will be removing Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel memoir Persopolis from the shelves of seventh-grade classrooms and from the curriculum. Pers...

The Chicago Public Schools recently announced that they will be removing Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel memoir Persopolis from the shelves of seventh-grade classrooms and from the curriculum. Persopolis is about growing up during the Iranian revolution and the Chicago Public Schools argue that the section portraying torture is too intense for seventh grade students to be exposed to. 

Moreover, freedom of speech and access to literature are fundamental to our democracy. That's why the Censorship The American Library Association, The National Coalition Against Censorship, The Kids' Right to Read Project and the Legal Defense Fund have joined  Satrapi and her publisher in condemning the Chicago school administrators' actions. 



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