The CBLDF & NCAC Release ‘Be Heard!’, A Free Comic To Protect Students’ Rights

by Hannah Means Shannon

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship have released a new comic book to help protect students’ rights. Be Heard!, by cartoonist Kai Texel, outlines best practices to help kids assert their rights to “speech, protest, assembly and petition”, warns about risks, and provides resources.

Be Heard! is available for free from CBLDF & NCAC, who encourage readers to share it freely and widely in advance of the National School Walkout on March 14th, the March for Our Lives on March 24 and local protests across the country.

Judy Blume, a member of the NCAC Board of Directors says:

This comic book feels just right. It’s so important to support and encourage kids on issues that affect their own lives and their country.

Neil Gaiman, who co-chairs CBLDF’s advisory board weighs in:

In the US, freedom of speech is paramount. The First Amendment states that you can’t be arrested for saying things the government doesn’t like. It’s important that students everywhere know that they have the right to be heard. This comic will help provide them with practical tools to raise their voice.

Gene Luen Yang, adds:

A Chinese poet once described free expression as the mother of truth. In our age of fake news, speaking truth to power is more important than ever. This comic is a valuable guide that teaches students how to ensure their truth is heard.

Be Heard! is available as a free download at and, and through their social media channels. Follow #StudentsBeHeard for updates.

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