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Willard Library reaffirms commitment to stand against racism and injustice

As an organization committed to the values of equity and inclusiveness, we at Willard Library mourn the tragic, brutal, indefensible killing of George Floyd and so many other Black lives in America.

We share the outrage of those who marched in our city and across this nation seeking justice. We stand with those prepared to do the essential work of leading change.

We resolve to contribute to that change.

This is a perilous time for our nation. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United States, and it has laid bare the stark inequality of American life, which disproportionately affects Black communities and Communities of Color.

As librarians, we have a deep faith in our mission to advance a more just society. We are defenders of intellectual freedom, democracy, and equality. We strive to support every resident's potential.

Yet, we also know that we can be better, and that fidelity to our mission is inadequate in a moment when our friends, our neighbors, and our colleagues are in so much pain. What is needed from all of us aren't words, but actions to create systemic, lasting change.

Our commitment to you is to provide every tool, book, and resource we can to further inform our community's conversation about racism and inequality. Even more important, we pledge to listen and to convene safe and productive conversations to give voice to those who are voiceless and unheard, and to be a part of creating the community that all of our residents deserve.

In the face of cruelty and fear, we must continue to fight against ignorance and to support understanding, empathy, and solidarity. Together, we can build a better world. We begin by being honest with ourselves and each other about the disparities in our community and our institutions, and by reaffirming every day our commitment to stand against racism and injustice in all its forms. 

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Saturday, 11 July 2020