Statement: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) on White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
Here’s the full text of an APALA Statement on White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia released today.
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those who perished and were injured during the violent White supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. APALA sees the racist riot in Charlottesville as the most recent example of domestic terrorism aimed directly at marginalized communities within the United States. We strongly condemn these violent events and expressions of racism and White supremacy.
APALA is an organization committed to “advancing social justice and providing opportunities for dialogue and networking to promote the needs of Asian/Pacific American [APA] professionals and those who serve APA communities.” As such, we affirm our core values of “leadership, social justice, diversity, advocacy, community and collaboration within the framework of librarianship generally, and Asian Pacific American librarianship” by supporting our members and our communities, especially during times of immense unrest and strife, such as the aftermath of the violence displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia. We strongly uphold that we must continue to stand together, unflinchingly and with great steadfastness, in solidarity and action.
Asian/Pacific Americans in the United States have a long, proud history of fighting against racism, discrimination, and racially motivated violence. We look to our shared past for strength and resolve. APALA supports our members and continues to provide means for them to speak out against the continuing discrimination faced by our communities and those with whom we stand in solidarity. We do not tolerate any messages of hate and we encourage our members to work together and collaborate with others to uphold our professional values.
As an organizational affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), APALA joins with ALA President Jim Neal in condemning the overt racism and violence in Charlottesville. Along with other ALA ethnic affiliates, we reaffirm APALA’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We emphatically support ALA’s own commitment and its continuing efforts to ensure librarians, libraries, and the information professions all continue their critical engagement on important social, community issues through resources and programs such as Libraries Respond. We heartily commend such efforts.
See Also: ACRL Board of Directors Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville (August 17, 2017)
See Also: Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Condemns Inflammatory Speech and Violence after Charlottesville Tragedy (August 16, 2017)
See Also: ALA Condemns Racism and Violence in Charlottesville (August 15, 2017)
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.