Raising the Chorus: CLA Presentation Nov2010

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Raising the Chorus: CLA Presentation Nov2010

  1. 1. raising the chorus<br />leveraging 21st century media for intellectual freedom<br />AMY SONNIE<br />California Library Association Annual Conference<br />Sacramento, CA<br />Delivered Nov. 14, 2010. Revised Nov. 16, 2010<br />
  2. 2. “<br />intro<br />By Margot <br />Kelley-Rodriguez<br />”<br />
  3. 3. By 56 LGBTQ youth<br />1st person writing & art<br />Non-fiction<br />Goes beyond ‘coming out’ stories<br />Nominated for awards by Lambda Lit and School Library Journal<br />Temporarily out-of-print<br />The Book<br />Revolutionary Voicesedited by Amy Sonnie(Alyson Books, 2000)<br />
  4. 4. “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)<br />REASON: “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY”<br /> Read original docs at blog.LibraryLaw.com<br />
  5. 5. How it all started...<br />
  6. 6. The Far-Right’s Echo Chamber:‘Fire Kevin Jennings’<br />
  7. 7. Blogs > Reposts >FoxNews<br />
  8. 8. >Threatening Public Comments <br />
  9. 9. Beware the <br />“homosexual agenda” <br />
  10. 10. According tothe Far-Right<br /> ...It’s blatant in books<br /> ... hidden in anti-bullying policies<br /> ... infused in school curricula<br /> ... and protected by libraries<br />
  11. 11. > Used Local Forums (912 Project) to plan “blitz” on school library<br />
  12. 12. Burlington County, NJ<br />“pervasively vulgar, obscene, and inappropriate.”— Beverly Marinelli<br />=<br />
  13. 13. The Challenge<br />Nearby public library removed all copies too<br />Director Gail Sweet personally removed book<br />Library commission supported her decision<br />Sweet in ongoing touch with Beverly Marinelli<br />One library commissioner also a (former) 912 Project member<br />3 books challengedatNJ high school<br /><ul><li>Challenged by BeverlyMarinelli
  14. 14. Local chapter of 912 Projectused asvehicle to “blitz” school board and share info
  15. 15. Only Rev Voices removed </li></li></ul><li> It’s also<br />good to know...<br />
  16. 16. 1. If You Defend Information Access, You’re a Target Too<br />Amy Sonnie ... The Cindy Sheehan of bookworms ...”<br />“Teenagers should be exposed to ... expansive worldviews of great authors ...  not the narrow, detached, theoretical manipulations of bitter Marxist hacks.”<br /> — Charles Winecoff<br />
  17. 17. 2. Your Professional Correspondence Can Become Public Record<br />
  18. 18. Raising the Chorus<br />SOME LESSONS:<br />There is ‘Value in Going Public’<br />Online Tools Are Necessary to Help Us Monitor the Debate & Inform Others<br />Professional Communication Is Not Private (even your emails), So Be Thoughtful<br />Save Everything (not just hyperlinks) – evidence disappears in Internet<br />Become Media Savvy<br />Be strategic about your messages<br />Utilize new media<br />Identify spokespeople<br />Call out lies and bias, but don’t let the other side control the debate<br />
  19. 19. Raising the Chorus<br />Some Great Outcomes:<br />* Dozens of supportive articles;hundreds of tweets, posts &comments!<br />* Challenge inspired a series ofstudent-led public performances!<br />* Inspired community members and staff to speak out and get active<br />* Created opportunities for learning & collaboration!<br />HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES....<br />Some Lessons:<br />There is ‘Value in Going Public’<br />Online Tools Help Us Monitor the Debate & Inform Others<br />Save Everything (not just hyperlinks)<br />Professional Communication Is Not Private (even your emails), So Be Thoughtful<br />Become Media Savvy<br />Be strategic<br />Utilize new media<br />Identify spokespeople<br />Call out lies, but don’t let the other side control the debate<br />
  20. 20. www.ilovelibraries.org/news/bbw/bbw3.cfm<br />By Dee Venuto, Fall 2010<br />
  21. 21. Students take the stage:<br />www.revolutionaryreadings.com<br />
  22. 22. — Brandon Monokian, actor & Revolutionary Readings director, in Phila. Weekly, 8/22/10<br />
  23. 23. Blog: bannedlibrarian.wordpress.comTwitter: @bannedlibrarian<br />Watch Revolutionary Readings on YouTube<br />www.youtube.com/user/revreadings2010 <br />Stay in touch.<br />
  24. 24. Resources<br />Background on This Case<br />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.)<br />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<br />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<br />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<br />Local Student/Alumni Response<br />Revolutionary Readings website. http://www.revolutionaryreadings.com<br />Issues in LGBTQ Youth Lit<br />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/<br />
  25. 25. Citations<br />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<br />Slide 11. Screenshots taken from local 912 Project Meetup page, no longer public. http://www.meetup.com/912burlco/messages<br />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<br />Slide 16: Emails from Gail Sweet obtained by ACLU-NJ. Download on blog.librarylaw.com at http://bit.ly/9E6svj<br />Slide 19: Venuto, Dee. “Taking a Stand: The value of going public,” ilovelibraries.org. See http://www.ilovelibraries.org/news/bbw/bbw3.cfm<br />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<br />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.<br />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.<br />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<br />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<br />

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