I’m looking forward to thinking through how the resources that will be given to me can be put to good use for the goals that I think all of us on the left share.
[H]elping people access the language of a socialist vision of what the city could be and the role of the library I think is something I could do.
I didn't feel, when I was running, that I was running as a socialist. I felt like I was running as an organizer. Concretely as a labor organizer, specifically, a workplace organizer. My background is really in union work. I’m a member of DSA [Democratic Socialists of America]....
I really believe in collective power, and I believe in it because I've built it and I've used it, and I see what it can do in terms of fundamentally changing the conversation. I think about how many things we can talk about openly since AOC was elected, that we couldn't before.
I think the socialist project, along with a range of other movements against white supremacy, patriarchy, and others, has played a role in the fact that we can now talk openly about the abolition of the carceral state. The public conversation about defunding the police, and thinking about different ways of organizing our relations to one another. To me, that's something that’s only possible through deep organizing and is the ethic that we brought to the campaign.
It's funny, I am openly socialist, but I don’t pick the label and it's been made very clear to me that I campaigned for and won election to a fundamentally liberal organization, in the "small L", so publicly claiming a socialist identity has implications for the broader association.
I tweeted that I was a "Marxist lesbian" when I won, and I absolutely am a Marxist, and absolutely am a lesbian, but I got a ton of blowback, which is not great, but I don't know. We have to be brave, we have to be willing to fight, and the right has no compunction about being completely out there with their totally hardcore racist ideals, and their white replacement theory bullshit.
“Library Workers, Organize and Activate”— Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries® 🟧 (@SexHarassed) January 29, 2023
Bottom right is the new Marxist president of the American Library Association. The “organize and activate” is the full on Marxism @edrabinski promised.
IT’S RIGHT IN YOUR FACE.@ConceptualJames @realchrisrufo#txlege #LibLearnX23 https://t.co/135FIexXmU
Your occasional reminder that the American Library Association is a captured Marxist organization that is the heart of many of the problems in our schools. A productive activity would be pressuring dissociation from them locally and defunding [sic] them nationally. https://t.co/iXdi4aL81p— James Lindsay, furtherest right extremist (@ConceptualJames) January 30, 2023
Your local schools and public libraries should formally dissociate from the American Library Association. Local authorities should make policy strengthening that stance and setting guidelines against captured organizations influencing our public facilities. All dues withheld.— James Lindsay, furtherest right extremist (@ConceptualJames) January 30, 2023
Biggest news coming out of #LibLearnX23 is @ConceptualJames calling for governments to #DefundALA since it’s captured.— SafeLibraries® (@SafeLibraries) January 30, 2023
Find out if your schools + libraries use any @ALALibrary resources + policies, then extirpate them. Use #FOIA #OpenGov to find out.#parenting #moms #dads https://t.co/DPmx72soF8
.@ALALibrary just had its 2023 conf. w/ the theme of MARXISM. They elected a Marxist president Drabinski who ran her race on a socialist platform. Their keynote speaker was a Race Marxist Ibram Kendi. Their plan is to push Marxist agenda.— Xi Van Fleet (@XVanFleet) January 31, 2023
It is time to defund Marxist libraries. https://t.co/xNt0teLt1I