[Libs-Or] Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence

OLA President olapresident at olaweb.org
Fri Mar 19 17:09:26 PDT 2021

The Oregon Library Association condemns anti-Asian hate crimes and strongly
supports the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence.

We join with the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
<http://www.cala-web.org/>, REFORMA
<https://www.reforma.org/blog_home.asp?Display=166>, and American Library
Association (ALA)
in recognizing the rise in criminal acts and racist comments during the
COVID-19 pandemic against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander
communities and stand with them to denounce this racist violence and
rhetoric. Such activity is also taking place in Oregon
We remain unequivocally united against such despicable violence.

The Oregon Library Association is actively committed to antiracist values.
We urge members of the Oregon library community to look out for actions and
policies that condone bigotry, systemic racism, and prejudicial
misinformation and to do their part to eliminate them in library
organizations and local communities. We urge library workers to actively
support and protect Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)
communities from discrimination and hateful actions and find ways to act
(or serve) as allies to our colleagues across the state and country.

All library workers are charged with the responsibility to report instances
of bias and racism in support of our racially and socially marginalized
communities. For more information and assistance, contact the Oregon Hate
and Bias Information and Reporting

Kate Lasky
Oregon Library Association President, 2020-2021
olapresident at olaweb.org
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