Grandparents For Truth

People at a rally. Older woman holds a black sign with yellow letters that reads "grandparents for truth" Every child deserves an honest and accurate education that enables them to learn from the mistakes of our past and prepares them for the future.

People For the American Way launched Grandparents For Truth to mobilize grandparents, our members, and supporters who are fighting for the next generation’s freedom to learn, and who are resisting authoritarian attacks on the freedom to teach the full truth about our history and culture.

What is Grandparents For Truth?

Grandparents For Truth is a group of grandparents and their allies organized by People For the American Way who are fighting for the next generation’s freedom to learn, and who are resisting authoritarian attacks on the freedom to teach the full truth about our history and culture. In partnership with allies of all ages and communities, we will defeat this generation’s book-banners, censors, and authoritarians.  

Join the movement! 

It’s time to make our voices heard to combat attacks on the freedom to learn, which are attacks on our children’s future and on our democracy.
The next generation is counting on us.

Become a Grandparent For Truth!

Do I have to be a grandparent to join Grandparents For Truth?

No! Grandparents have a unique role as mentors, guides and influential forces in the development of young people – which is why we knew mobilizing them was so important for this work. But Grandparents For Truth is open to anyone who is invested in making sure we protect the freedom to learn for the next generation.

What Grandparents For Truth Will Do

Grandparents For Truth will be a voice, coming from grandparents’ unique place of wisdom and love, against censorship and for the freedom to learn. Our organizers at People For the American Way will help equip you with the skills to:

  • Speak up against censorship at local school board meetings,
  • Organize your community to protect the freedom to learn,
  • Contact your lawmakers to promote the freedom to teach and learn, and
  • Join a national community of people like you at in-person and online events dedicated to fighting book bans, censorship, and authoritarianism.

Join the Banned Books Reading Challenge!

Books bans are on the rise all over the country. According to the American Library Association, book bans nearly doubled between 2021 and 2022. 

In this challenge, every book you read (to a grandchild or on your own) gives you one “point,” and points can be traded in for free Grandparents For Truth swag! Supplies are limited so make sure to read early and often!

Join the challenge!

white text on a purple and yellow background. Text reads "join the banned book reading challenge. Read books, win merch. Ends October 31.


Get the Swag: Grandparents For Truth!


Grandparents For Truth In Action: Standing up to Moms for Liberty!


On June 30th, Moms for Liberty hosted their annual summit, designed to pull more people into their hateful movement. Our Grandparents For Truth wouldn’t let it go unchallenged.

We rallied with grandparents, local activists, elected officials, and our partners to stand up for the freedom to learn. Hundreds showed up in person and online to send a clear message: We won’t stand for book bans and bigotry.

Learn more about the event!

People For the American Way, a national progressive advocacy organization, inspires and mobilizes community and cultural leaders to advance Truth, Justice and the American Way. We convene courageous Americans, produce compelling media and organize campaigns to defend our democracy from authoritarian threats and advance America’s promise that everyone will enjoy freedom, safety and a vote that counts.

Join the Movement