Marxist elected to head American Library Association

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Last week, the American Library Association elected openly socialist Emily Drabinski to serve as the group’s president-elect for 2022-2023.

On Drabinski’s website outlining her platform for her presidential run, she states: “So many of us find ourselves at the ends of our worlds. The consequences of decades of unchecked climate change, class war, white supremacy, and imperialism have led us here. If we want a world that includes public goods like the library, we must organize our collective power and wield it.”

Her platform calls for enhanced funding to “schools, libraries, and communities, economic and racial justice for library workers and the communities in which we live and work, environmental sustainability, and collaboration and cooperation beyond our borders.”

“Social and economic justice and racial equity requires that we make a material difference in the lives of library workers and patrons who have for too long been denied power and opportunity on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, national origin, spoken language, and disability,” Drabinski states.

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