Cameron Samuels organized nationally recognized efforts against book banning and an LGBTQ+ internet filter in the Katy Independent School District. Samuels packed school board meetings and distributed hundreds of banned books donated by publishers and non-profits to students across Texas. The ACLU filed a legal complaint on Samuels' behalf, resulting in the district unblocking queer internet resources like the Trevor Project and the Montrose Center. They organized the SEAT coalition to demonstrate youth visibility in policymaking, introduced legislation, and built relationships with decision-makers. SEAT organized on the frontlines of the legislature in opposition to censorship legislation and spearheaded bills increasing student representation in educational decisions.
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