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American Library Association’s Marxist New President Galvanizes Opposition

American Library Association’s Marxist New President Galvanizes Opposition

The ALA’s new president wants to build “collective power” and “queer the catalog.” Multiple states have withrawn from or are in the process of withdrawing from the ALA in protest of the deepening radicalism of the organization.

Emily Drabinski, the new “Marxist lesbian” president of the American Library Association (ALA), had just taken office last month when the backlash began.

One by one, states started to withdraw or consider withdrawing support for the organization. Conservative groups mobilized. Politicians called for an investigation into the ALA. A new competing “World Library Association” launched. By early August, 15 states had joined to fight against the ALA, part of an unprecedented counterattack against the oldest and largest library membership organization and the progressive policies it now stands for.

But while its president may be brand new, its policies are not. The ALA was captured by the left well before Drabinski’s arrival.

Years ago, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom advised members to “re-frame” the messaging on gender ideology “as diverse materials and programming that are about inclusion, fairness, and protection of everybody’s right to see themselves … in the public library.”

And over the years, the ALA has been telling its gender ideology story to a younger and younger audience, through both its programming and the books it recommends.

The organization promotes “Drag Queen Story Hour” library programs for children as young as four on its website:

[Source: American Library Association Public Programs Office website.]

“Kids love it!” they insist. And if their parents don’t love it, then they are the problem. The ALA provides policies to protect librarians from censorship and resources “to help libraries defend Drag Queen Story Hour and other Pride-themed events and displays.”

The ALA’s website is itself an engine of radical advocacy, urging children aged 0-5 to “embrace alternative gender identities.” For 14-17-year-olds, the ALA celebrates books such as this one whose cover shows a trans teenager’s breast removal scars. And its Rainbow List promotes sexually perverse books for all ages: “from babies and children to tweens and teens.”

The problem of how to hide all this obscenity from parents (aka “book banners”) came up at the ALA’s June webinar, reports Haley Kennington, Research and Archive Director for the Daily Wire’s online film What is a Woman. At that online meeting, librarians were told not to label LGBTQ literature as such because “it makes it too easy for parents or community members to find.” Instead, they should use “dummy covers.”

Given the ALA’s long track record of promoting woke and gender ideology, you might think that Drabinski’s installment would be an unremarkable next step in the left’s long march through yet another institution.

But she has so openly aligned herself with the cultural Marxists that, this time, based on the negative attention she has drawn these past few weeks, the ALA may have overplayed its hand.

Drabinski’s record of activism is also extensive, notwithstanding her efforts to erase it.

When she was elected last year, Drabinski infamously identified herself as a “Marxist lesbian” in a tweet she later deleted:

Earlier this week, Drabinski defended that tweet in an puff piece, calling it “regrettable.” Not the tweet, mind you, the conservative “backlash” to it.

Don’t expect regret from Drabinski. She digs in her heels, saying she just wanted to “highlight and celebrate” her Marxist lesbian identity, nothing more. What she’s really there to do is “tackle the pressing issues facing her profession, such as shoring up funding and fighting a record number of book ban attempts nationwide.”

But that single tweet isn’t all Drabinski deleted:

That is a 2016 page removed from her personal website, archived here, where she shares her real ambition: “Queering the Catalog.” It’s based on her 2013 paper about classifying and cataloging information “from a queer perspective.”

In his deep dive into Drabinski’s paper, James Lindsay explains what that means: “Queer” theorists like Drabinski, he says, are Marxist disrupters who “literally want to destroy the card catalog to tell a different story”—theirs.

And in their world, “gender and sexuality are not immutable characteristics.”

From her deleted personal website:


In line with those views, as ALA president, Drabinski wants to give “queer kids a safe place” and build “collective power.”

What Marxists typically want to do with that collective power is create chaos to destroy existing institutions and values. It’s hard to believe Drabinski doesn’t see that as her new job at the ALA. She says as much in her mission statement here:

We need to make trouble—good trouble, the kind of trouble that matters, the kind of trouble I became a librarian to get into—and we need to make it together.

In fact, if it were up to Drabinski, she would release all the troublemakers to wreak havoc on society: “The freedom to read for everyone,” she wrote last month,  “requires an end to the prison.”

Based on all the trouble she’s caused already, queering the catalog—and the kids—just might be a bridge too far.

But as of now, the ALA has the power and funding to do it—if allowed.

ALA librarians call the shots, as Tom Jones, director of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF) explains. They are the gatekeepers for what books come into the library and where they go in the stacks; that is, they determine the ages at which children will have access to them.

And they are funded not only by taxpayer dollars, but also, according to a report from the AAF, with money donated in the past from George Soros.

So when Montana became the first state last month to withdraw from the ALA, it was a step in the right direction. But as Jones explains, Montana’s decision only involves one state library. That is because of the dual funding arrangement that exists between the federal and state governments:

Other libraries can continue their membership unless and until the state decides to block state and local libraries from funding the conferences and membership fees that are the lifeblood of the ALA.

The ALA is not going down until its funding is cut off completely. For that to happen, states will have to decide “we’re not going to do this anymore, no more funding smut,” he says.

With Emily Drabinski as the new ALA president, they may have reached that point.


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The Packetman | August 11, 2023 at 7:10 am

Megan Fox (no, not that one!) wrote a book called “Shut Up!” about the ALA and a converged library in Chicago.

The ALA are truly evil …

LibraryGryffon | August 11, 2023 at 7:13 am

ALA and the attitudes it promotes are a major reason I am no longer a librarian and going into accounting.

A major issue is that lib

    LibraryGryffon in reply to LibraryGryffon. | August 11, 2023 at 7:15 am

    Is that library schools are accredited by the ALA, and you need an MLS from an accredited school to get a librarian job in many cases.

      CommoChief in reply to LibraryGryffon. | August 11, 2023 at 10:28 am

      True. There’s an easy way to fix it. Do what DeSantis did in Florida and a few other States are doing by rejecting the premise that these accrediting bodies have an exclusive hold.

      Bring in or create from scratch alternative institutions. This has the effect of overturning several decades of work by leftists to capture these institutions. All that work, all the money spent, favors traded, votes bought over the slow march by the leftists gone with one stroke.

        JohnSmith100 in reply to CommoChief. | August 11, 2023 at 11:33 am

        When I saw the headline my first thought was to create an alternative organization and was pleased that this already occurred. Teacher certification needs to be killed, the same for the library. America started without all this crap, we grew and prospered without this stuff, I see no reason to not return to simply hire people based on their competence for a specific job. Furthermore, many degrees are now only useful for knowing who should not be hired.

      Exactly so. Librarianship is effectively a closed shop unless you possess the ALA-sanctioned MLS degree. The historical archives world also demands the same degree in many cases. ALA — and to a slightly lesser degree, the Society of American Archivists and the Special Libraries Association — have been bastions of the left-leaning masses for many years. May we offer up the National Archives as Exhibit A?

    Dimsdale in reply to LibraryGryffon. | August 11, 2023 at 7:53 am

    If the internet wasn’t enough to kill libraries, this “gender affirming” of the Dewey decimal system will be the final straw,

    On the “bright” side, they will make nice homes for the illegal invaders that are a result of the Biden Border Crisis.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to Dimsdale. | August 11, 2023 at 11:37 am

      Regarding illegals, they should all be hunted down and expelled, they are parasites.

        henrybowman in reply to JohnSmith100. | August 11, 2023 at 9:19 pm

        I grew up enjoying Science Fiction. It postulated thought-provoking worlds… like the one in Fahrenheit 451, where “firemen” actually started fires, to burn books banned by the government.

        Last week I enjoyed “The Coneheads,” a science fiction movie that postulated a USA in which the job of INS agents was actually to track down and deport illegal aliens.

The far Left works overtime to turn the Right into conspiracy theorists.

E Howard Hunt | August 11, 2023 at 7:38 am

In my city the only people who use the public library are bums sleeping it off, along with queers and junkies dominating the restrooms.

    “my city”…. you mean every blue city in the country, #true

    JohnSmith100 in reply to E Howard Hunt. | August 11, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    As a young man, I spent countless hours in the largest in the largest library in our area, It was a gold mine of knowledge. that was over 50 years ago. Today all that material is readily available. Does that make libraries and librarians obsolete? Maybe not all, but most?

    Milhouse in reply to E Howard Hunt. | August 12, 2023 at 11:48 am

    That’s not my experience at all. I am a frequent user of several branches of the Brooklyn Public Library, and I always see them full of people using them as intended, with few or none of the other Ikind of users. And the same applies to what I’ve seen of public libraries in Ithaca, Pittsburgh, and several other very blue cities.

These ALA Democrats are proud child abusers. This association will only rot away leaving a great deal of destruction in its wake. Their opposition must work fast and nonstop..

When I looked at the picture, I thought the person was a guy.

Steven Brizel | August 11, 2023 at 9:33 am

This is a Marxist dominated and led organization that is out to destroy the traditional American family

    Whitewall in reply to Steven Brizel. | August 11, 2023 at 9:42 am

    That’s the goal. The nuclear family and organized religion have always been an impediment to the power of The State. This ideal has captured one of our major political parties..

      Dolce Far Niente in reply to Whitewall. | August 11, 2023 at 10:18 am

      The second party is captured as well, but since the R’s rely on votes from normies, it hides its neoMarxism with high-toned pseudo-conservative sound bites.

World Library Association | August 11, 2023 at 9:56 am

Go to the link in this Legal Insurrection story for World Library Association, it’s at the top of the story, then follow and join us.

WLA is going to restore common sense, community standards, and the law to local libraries and school libraries. We are new but there’s already a reconsideration form there for people to use.

    Just put Conquest’s Second Law on a large plaque and hand it high in your headquarters.

    “Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.”

She is just an AWFL Marxist… (affluent white feminist liberal). The “L” could be “lesbian” but that is too too wide a brush in general. Historically, the affluent are drawn to Marxism… Lenin for one. Or for those seeking to score a big hit … as with Stalin funding the Bolsheviks through bank robberies or BLM raking in the money to buy mansions.

“… the ALA may have overplayed its hand.”

The left always overplays its hand. How else is it to know how much it can get away with? And it gets away with a large fraction of what it tries.

They lost Bud Light, but they’ve got the government schools, higher ed, the media, etc.

No one angrier and sinister – and more of a child abuser – than a lesbian marxist librarian.

just peruse your local library, and remove the lgbfjb++ material yourself. teach your children to do the same at school libraries. simply toss them into a rubbish bin where they belong