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A Statement From Euclid Public Library: #LibrariesRespond

Since its adoption more than eighty years ago, Euclid Public Library has proudly defended the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Bill of Rights. These Rights include a pledge to govern the library by basic principles, including, “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.”

It goes without prejudice to say Euclid Public Library is saddened by the current events that have taken place in our nation and also acknowledges to remain silent only perpetuates injustice and racism.

During these uncertain times, we know it is crucial to be a part of the solution by educating our users and facilitating difficult conversations. Euclid Public Library will continue to be an ally in our community, and support library members and users in taking “proactive and preventative measures in the fight against racism,” (ALA, 2020).

Together, staff members have curated resources to start conversations in your homes to combat social injustices and create change. Euclid Public Library will continue to spread awareness through our virtual programming and shared information that supports collective efforts to heal.

Though these measures are seemingly minor, we believe access to information is the catalyst for change in our community and our nation. For more information about the American Library Association’s #LibrariesRespond campaign, please visit the American Library Association website.

 

Books

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
  • The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
  • Between The World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle - Angela Davis
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism - Robin Dianglo
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America - James Forman, Jr.
  • The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain - Langston Hughes
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo - Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America - Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Waiting 'til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America - Peniel E. Joseph
  • Heavy: An American Memoir - Kiese Laymon
  • Your Silence Will Not Protect You - Audre Lorde
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement - Wesley Lowery
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland - Jonathan M. Metzl
  • Beloved - Toni Morrison
  • So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oulo
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century - Dorothy Roberts
  • The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein
  • Me and White Supremacy - Layla F. Saad
  • The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means To Be Black, Asian, And Minority Ethnic In Britain Today edited - Nikesh ShuklaInglorious
  • Empire: What The British Did To India - Shashi Tharoor
  • The Blacker the Berry - Wallace Thurman
  • Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward

 

Numbers to Call/Text

  • Text JUSTICE to 668366
  • Leave a message at the number below demanding that Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) and Tou Thao (Badge # 7162) are arrested for murder
    • A. Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey: (612) 673-2100
    • B. District Attorney, Mike Freeman: (612) 673-3074
  • Text ENOUGH to 55156
  • Leave a message for Louisville Mayor and demand justice for Breonna Taylor (502) 574-2003

 

Petitions to Sign

  • Text FLOYD to 55-156
  • Educate children on racism through the school (change.org)
  • Justice for Breonna Taylor (change.org)
  • Raise the Degree (change.org)
  • George Floyd (colorofchange.org)
  • Charge All Four Officers (change.org)

 

Organizations to Follow

  • Color of Change (@colorofchange)
  • The Conscious Kid (@theconsciouskid)
  • NAACP (@naacp)
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (@showingupforracialjustice)
  • Families Belong Together (@fams2gether)
  • United We Dream (@unitedwedream)
  • MPowerChange (@mpowerchange)
  • The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg)
  • Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org)
  • SisterSong (@sistersong_woc)

 

Podcasts

  • 1619 - NY Times
  • About Race
  • Seeing White
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Code Switch
  • The Diversity Gap
  • Intersectionality Matters
  • Pod for the Cause
  • Pod Save the People
  • The Combahee River Collective Statement