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Statement of Solidarity: About

The Library Department of Brooklyn College passed this statement of solidarity on July 6, 2020:

The Brooklyn College Library stands with the professional organizations the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries against systemic racism. We stand in solidarity at Brooklyn College with our own Black Faculty and Staff Organization, the Puerto Rican Alliance and affiliated students, the Brooklyn College Black and Latino Male Initiative, the Black Solidarity Day Committee, and other students, faculty and staff, as well as Black communities across the country in a fight against the social injustice that pervades our country, defines our history, and criminally and unjustly takes the lives of so many Black people. Black lives matter.

Brooklyn College Library shall continue to be a place where we listen to our communities, engage with them and respond to their needs for space, programming, education, guides to resources, general library collections, and specialized collections that further advance equity and combat racism. We look to forming partnerships on campus and beyond that will allow us to play a vital role in deepening knowledge and understanding, and catalyzing dialogue, reflection and deliberation. The Library will continue to assess, reflect, strategize, and be intentional in our work to eradicate systemic and institutional racism, social injustice, and police violence. We will mindfully initiate and continue discussions with Campus and Community Safety Services to address questions and concerns about policing that occurs in our building.

If America is to heal, we have to dialogue no matter how uncomfortable it may be for all of us. We must condemn a society tainted by the ugliness of white supremacy and privilege that enables and encourages violent actions and the actions of all that diminish and destroy the lives of black and brown people.


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Mary Mallery