[Libs-Or] Fwd: [REFORMANET] REFORMA Statement on Solidarity with #DignidadLiteraria

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Fri Jan 31 06:23:14 PST 2020


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From: REFORMA President <president at reforma.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 2:15 PM
Subject: [REFORMANET] REFORMA Statement on Solidarity with
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REFORMA Statement on Solidarity with #DignidadLiteraria

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information
Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, supports efforts by community
members to having courageous critiques and difficult conversations on
publishing, marketing, and discussions of books based on Latino
experiences. The pain, anger, and disappointment that community members are
expressing are not solely based on a single title or author. Rather, the
critiques we have seen are a response to the systemic silencing of Latinx
authors and communities of color by the publishing industry. It is apparent
that the stories of our communities are often valued by the industry when
produced by those who have not lived the experiences first hand. The power
behind publishing, promoting, and consuming stories is immense; what we
read shapes the national consciousness.

We are also saddened that it appears our experiences can only be profitable
when our trauma is exploited and sensationalized. In turn, the Latinx
experience is flattened into one-dimensional stereotypes, where we only
exist to be vessels for trauma and pain; our redemption can only be had
when we turn away from our roots and each other to strive for the hegemonic
American Dream. REFORMA would like to applaud the coalition building that
this national conversation has created. We have mobilized; the call to
action has been made. REFORMA has also taken this moment in time to
evaluate how our members can be better represented in the publishing world,
and what we as an organization can do to achieve this. REFORMA has begun
discussions on establishing a dedicated reading list and an annual Adult
Fiction Award highlighting the stories that are written by and resonate
with Latinos. We call upon our members to be part of this movement, and
hope to begin these initiatives shortly.

Established in 1971, REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development
of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino-oriented
materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library
professionals and support staff; the development of library services and
programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of
a national information and support network among individuals who share our
goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard to the
availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to
preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of
Latinos. For more information on REFORMA, visit reforma.org

This statement was called upon by REFORMA members and has been approved by
the REFORMA 2019-2020 Executive Board: Kenny Garcia, President; Oscar
Baeza, Vice President/President-elect; Madeline Peña, Immediate Past
President; Ana Campos, Secretary; Denice Adkins, Treasurer; Manny Figueroa,
Eastern Region Chapter Representative; Nicanor Diaz, Central Region Chapter
Representative; David Lopez, Western Region Chapter Representative; Allina
Migoni, Member-at-Large Representative.
January 30, 2020

Kenny Garcia (he/him/his)
REFORMA President
president at reforma.org
REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information
Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking
P.O. Box 832, Anaheim CA 92815-0832

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