Nikki Fried, legislators to pass out banned books in Tallahassee

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The event in the capital city kicks off at noon in front of Common Ground Books.

The Chair of the Florida Democratic Party and state legislators will be in Tallahassee Saturday as part of a “banned bookmobile” gambit.

Nikki Fried will be joined by Reps. Angie Nixon and Michele Rayner-Goolsby, activist Thomas Kennedy, and Jen Cousins, founder of the Florida Freedom to Read Project. The event is part of MoveOn Political Action’s first Banned Bookmobile multistate tour.

The event in the capital city kicks off at noon in front of Common Ground Books.

“The anti-American book bans are an attack on all of our freedoms, but the MAGA Republican Party cannot erase us,” said MoveOn Political Action Executive Director Rahna Epting.

“DeSantis and MAGA Republicans’ vision for our country is to censor all of our diverse backgrounds and to punish those who live, love and think differently than they do. We won’t surrender to their extremism, and our Banned Bookmobile tour will give access to books that celebrate the immense diversity of perspectives that are part of the human experience and essential to our development as a society.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • O. Fence

    July 22, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Proggie Democrats–they’re very good at making noisy offensive messes in the middle of a street (Britan’s Just Stop Oil for example) but they HATE it when conservatives do it; and they are terrible at making realistic, workable public policy–and they HATE it when conservatives do it.

  • ScienceBLVR

    July 22, 2023 at 8:43 am

    MAGA censorship seems to be the only thing in the Republican policy playbook these days. And I can tell you, most educators don’t like this crap. Even Republican ones. I just don’t see how a war on teachers, public education, and research based vetted curriculum is a good campaign strategy. Even with the fantasy diatribe that teachers are groomers waiting to turn kids gay and inoculate them to woke culture. Makes no sense.. may play well in the Villages, but for the salad bowl of America, not so much.

  • Leonard

    July 22, 2023 at 9:10 am

    Can we stop with the “BANNED BOOK” b.s.?! It would be great if these people would educate themselves about what a real book ban looks like. Books aren’t being banned….they are being screened for age appropriateness. Why is Nikki Fried trying so hard to make sure 5 year olds have access to books about sex?

    • Stefan Varner

      July 22, 2023 at 11:51 am

      They are indeed being banned. One or two complainers should not be making decisions about what is appropriate for thousands of other peoples’ children.

      • Leonard

        July 23, 2023 at 8:04 am

        No…if the books were banned you would not be able to buy or possess them. Books aren’t being burned….surely anyone with a brain would admit that there are some topics that are not appropriate for small children. There is nothing stopping people from buying these books and having them in their homes if they feel like exposing 5 years old to sexual topics is that important. “One or two complainers”?! That’s funny.

    • DjV

      July 22, 2023 at 6:56 pm

      I agree with Stefan. I’m confident that there are books that should not be allowed in our children’s libraries. No doubt! What is of great concern is that books are being banned at the request of one person or a small group. America, like most countries, is comprised of people with different thoughts and ideas and our perspective on what is age appropriate is equally diverse. This is why psychologist, psychiatrist, physicians, and educators are the most equipped to develop a rubric for determining what is age appropriate and what should be banned. We have already put standards in place for movies and music without instituting “bans”. Again, we’ve allowed something to become political—-to get votes not to protect our children. It’s time we act like “we the people” and really see the true motives behind the banning of books. Learning about American history in its entirety is imperative for this nation to grow and to avoid making the mistakes of our past.

  • Earl Pitts American

    July 22, 2023 at 9:17 am

    Good mornting America,
    Parents are free to go online and order any book which has been deemed inappropriate for public school libraries.
    Look at it this way why is there not a massive groundswell of liberal private schools opening up with liberal parents rushing to enroll their kiddo’s into liberal elementry schools with their libraries jam packed with disgusting and perverse books?
    “Because that shizz is just wrong, there is Zero market for it, and y’all know it” said Earl Pitts American.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Educating America One Lefty at The Time” American

  • Arthur Seidelman

    July 22, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    No government has the right to tell a parent or a child what books they may or may not read. That is the essence of freedom. Any variation from that is fascism.

    • Leonard

      July 23, 2023 at 8:08 am

      No government has a right to tell a parent that their small children will be exposed to sexual topics—even if the parent doesn’t want their child exposed to that topic. No one is telling parents what books they may or may not read. Put down the CNN and MSLSD and THINK people.

  • My Take

    July 24, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Some of the conservative kooks don’t want their kids exposed to evolution or ancient earth. Should they get the same veto? Where does parents’ choice end in a public school system?

  • Book banning

    July 24, 2023 at 10:19 am

    The phrase “book banning” is hereby banned such that nobody might realize if we are banning books, which we are, but we will say we are not because we only control the places we’re banning these books from. We don’t control, therefore the books we have banned from the places we do control, these books are NOT banned. We are NOT book banners! We are concerned parents, wahhhhhh

  • J

    July 24, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Perfect that Nikki Fried will be handing out the books that have been removed from elementary school libraries so that parents and tax payers can read for themselves why these books were removed. Where can I get my copy of “Gender Queer”? Keep up the good work!

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