Statement in Support of APALA
On March 3, 2021, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), released a statement condemning Anti-Asian violence. This past year there has been an increase in Asian-related hate crimes due to xenophobia, misinformation, and racism. Our country continues to see the effects of hateful rhetoric and misinformation disseminated by certain people of political power, racist and biased news commentators, and malicious actors on social media. This past year, we have seen hurtful, malicious acts on our Asian community, such as the perpetuation of racist comments, hateful acts, and violence. There is no place for hate in our libraries, organizations, or country.
REFORMA stands in solidarity with APALA and condemns all racist hateful language and acts. We also continue to denounce anti-Blackness in our organizations and communities, acknowledging that we are allies here to support our colleagues. Now is the time to come together in abolishing white supremacy in and out of our institutions and build communities based on equity and inclusion. REFORMA joins APALA in the call for all library and information professionals to rise up in condemning and combating hate, discrimination, and xenophobia.
The REFORMA 2020-2021 Executive Committee
- Oscar Baeza, President
- Nicanor Diaz, Vice President/President-elect
- Kenny Garcia, Immediate Past President
- Alma Ramos-McDermott, Secretary
- Denice Adkins, Treasurer
- Manny Figueroa, Eastern Region Chapter Representative
- David Lopez, Western Region Chapter Representative
- Allina Migoni, Member-at-Large Representative
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.