Grammy-winning band Portugal. The Man are taking a stand towards a latest guide ban made by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough college board in Alaska.
The varsity board voted to take away 5 traditional works of literature from the curriculum attributable to what it deemed “controversial” content material: “The Nice Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, “The Issues They Carried” by Tim O’Brien and “I Know Why the Caged Fowl Sings” by Maya Angelou.
In response, Portugal. The Man — which hails from Wasilla, a metropolis throughout the Mat-Su Borough — have pledged to donate copies of the books on to college students within the district who wish to learn them.
“These titles are sometimes thought of staples for junior and senior English lessons throughout the nation. We imagine this resolution is narrow-minded and unpatriotic, and we aren’t okay with it,” Portugal. The Man mentioned in a press launch. “That’s the reason we’re placing out a standing supply that if any pupil/dad or mum within the Mat-Su Borough Faculty District desires a replica of a number of of those books, we are going to mail them to you.”
This isn’t the primary time the band has advocated for social justice. Throughout its most up-to-date North American tour, Portugal. The Man had native tribal leaders open every present with a blessing to remind the viewers that North America was as soon as fatherland. Group members have additionally labored with psychological well being group Preserve Oregon Effectively, gun reform motion March for Our Lives and local weather motion initiative Defend Our Winters.
To obtain their free copies of the banned books, Mat-Su college students can contact the band by emailing [email protected]