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    Raising the Chorus: CLA Presentation Nov2010 Raising the Chorus: CLA Presentation Nov2010 Presentation Transcript

    • raising the chorus
      leveraging 21st century media for intellectual freedom
      AMY SONNIE
      California Library Association Annual Conference
      Sacramento, CA
      Delivered Nov. 14, 2010. Revised Nov. 16, 2010

    • intro
      By Margot
      Kelley-Rodriguez

    • By 56 LGBTQ youth
      1st person writing & art
      Non-fiction
      Goes beyond ‘coming out’ stories
      Nominated for awards by Lambda Lit and School Library Journal
      Temporarily out-of-print
      The Book
      Revolutionary Voicesedited by Amy Sonnie(Alyson Books, 2000)
    • “We need to pull ‘Revolutionary Voices’ by Amy Sonnie from our shelves. ... How can we grab the books so that they never, ever get backinto ccirculation [sic]. Copies need to totally disappear (as in not a good idea to send copies to the book sale).”— Email from Gail Sweet, Library Director,Burlington County Library System (NJ)
      REASON: “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY”
      Read original docs at blog.LibraryLaw.com
    • How it all started...
    • The Far-Right’s Echo Chamber:‘Fire Kevin Jennings’
    • Blogs > Reposts >FoxNews
    • >Threatening Public Comments
    • Beware the
      “homosexual agenda”
    • According tothe Far-Right
      ...It’s blatant in books
      ... hidden in anti-bullying policies
      ... infused in school curricula
      ... and protected by libraries
    • > Used Local Forums (912 Project) to plan “blitz” on school library
    • Burlington County, NJ
      “pervasively vulgar, obscene, and inappropriate.”— Beverly Marinelli
      =
    • The Challenge
      Nearby public library removed all copies too
      Director Gail Sweet personally removed book
      Library commission supported her decision
      Sweet in ongoing touch with Beverly Marinelli
      One library commissioner also a (former) 912 Project member
      3 books challengedatNJ high school
      • Challenged by BeverlyMarinelli
      • Local chapter of 912 Projectused asvehicle to “blitz” school board and share info
      • Only Rev Voices removed
    • It’s also
      good to know...
    • 1. If You Defend Information Access, You’re a Target Too
      Amy Sonnie ... The Cindy Sheehan of bookworms ...”
      “Teenagers should be exposed to ... expansive worldviews of great authors ...  not the narrow, detached, theoretical manipulations of bitter Marxist hacks.”
      — Charles Winecoff
    • 2. Your Professional Correspondence Can Become Public Record
    • Raising the Chorus
      SOME LESSONS:
      There is ‘Value in Going Public’
      Online Tools Are Necessary to Help Us Monitor the Debate & Inform Others
      Professional Communication Is Not Private (even your emails), So Be Thoughtful
      Save Everything (not just hyperlinks) – evidence disappears in Internet
      Become Media Savvy
      Be strategic about your messages
      Utilize new media
      Identify spokespeople
      Call out lies and bias, but don’t let the other side control the debate
    • Raising the Chorus
      Some Great Outcomes:
      * Dozens of supportive articles;hundreds of tweets, posts &comments!
      * Challenge inspired a series ofstudent-led public performances!
      * Inspired community members and staff to speak out and get active
      * Created opportunities for learning & collaboration!
      HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES....
      Some Lessons:
      There is ‘Value in Going Public’
      Online Tools Help Us Monitor the Debate & Inform Others
      Save Everything (not just hyperlinks)
      Professional Communication Is Not Private (even your emails), So Be Thoughtful
      Become Media Savvy
      Be strategic
      Utilize new media
      Identify spokespeople
      Call out lies, but don’t let the other side control the debate
    • www.ilovelibraries.org/news/bbw/bbw3.cfm
      By Dee Venuto, Fall 2010
    • Students take the stage:
      www.revolutionaryreadings.com
    • — Brandon Monokian, actor & Revolutionary Readings director, in Phila. Weekly, 8/22/10
    • Blog: bannedlibrarian.wordpress.comTwitter: @bannedlibrarian
      Watch Revolutionary Readings on YouTube
      www.youtube.com/user/revreadings2010
      Stay in touch.
    • Resources
      Background on This Case
      Dee Venuto. Intellectual Freedom Issues Briefing Session [video], ALA Annual Conference, Washington, DC (June 27, 2010). http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=1340 (segment begins near 34 min.)
      Dee Venuto. “Taking a Stand: The Value of Going Public.” I love libraries (2010). American Library Association. http://www.ilovelibraries.org/news/bbw/bbw3.cfm
      Beverly Goldberg. Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Targeted in New Jersey Challenge. American Libraries (March 10, 2010). http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/03102010/obamas-safe-schools-czar-targeted-new-jersey-challenge
      Lauren Barack. NJ Library, Citing Child Pornography, Removes GLBT Book. School Library Journal (July 27, 2010.) http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/886066-312/nj_library_citing_child_pornography.html.csp
      Local Student/Alumni Response
      Revolutionary Readings website. http://www.revolutionaryreadings.com
      Issues in LGBTQ Youth Lit
      YALSA Literature Symposium, November 5, 2010: Beyond Stonewall: The Uphill Journey of Young Adult Fiction with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2010. http://www.malindalo.com/yalsa/
    • Citations
      http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/sean-hannitys-scalp-hunting-desperatSlide 8: Comments from Gateway Pundit “Fistgate” articlehttp://biggovernment.com/jhoft/2009/12/22/fistgate-xi-kevin-jennings-suggested-reading-for-kids-included-sick-book-that-promoted-sm-to-children-media-silent
      Slide 11. Screenshots taken from local 912 Project Meetup page, no longer public. http://www.meetup.com/912burlco/messages
      Slide 15: From and http://safelibraries.blogspot.com (8/2/10 and 8/18/10) and blogger Charles Winecoff (12/9/09) http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/cwinecoff
      Slide 16: Emails from Gail Sweet obtained by ACLU-NJ. Download on blog.librarylaw.com at http://bit.ly/9E6svj
      Slide 19: Venuto, Dee. “Taking a Stand: The value of going public,” ilovelibraries.org. See http://www.ilovelibraries.org/news/bbw/bbw3.cfm
      Slide 20-21: Images from http://www.RevolutionaryReadings.com and facebook; quote from Maccar, Dave. “Theater group opposes book banning, reads excerpts, Burlington County Times, August 22, 2010. See http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times/bct_news_details/article/2465/2010/august/22/theater-group-opposes-book-banning-reads-excerpts.html
      Slide 2: Rodriguez-Kelley, Margot. (2000). “Introduction: ‘We are the ones we have been waiting for,’” Revolutionary Voices: A multicultural queer youth anthology (Los Angeles: Alyson Books), xxv-xxvi.
      Slide 3: Holloway, Lauren. Flickr image retrieved from http://search.creativecommons.org for non-commercial use. Based on the quote: "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” —MLK Jr.
      Slide 4: Sweet, Gail. First quote in email to coworker Kim Gould (May 3, 2010). Second quote from email to coworker Andy Woodworth (May 25, 2010). Documents made public by ACLU-NJ. See http://blog.librarylaw.com/files/foiaemails.pdf
      Slide 5-8 : Screenshots taken from Internet:Slide 5: Gateway Pundit http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/12/fox-news-chapter-perverse-safe-schools-czar-hit-for-promoting-sex-explicit-books/Slide 6: Background image Gsagostinho from Flickr via http://search.creativecommons.org. Family Research Council via YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFLVGJ_67HQSlide 7: Gateway Pundit and Crooks & Liarshttp://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/12/breaking-obamas-safe-schools-czar-is-promoting-porn-in-the-classroom-kevin-jennings-and-the-glsen-reading-list