REFORMA was recently made aware of some program policy revisions that the High Plains Library District adopted that are problematic and can be used to promote censorship. These two statements from the policy follow:
These changes in programming have already been used to cancel programs that would have benefited traditionally underserved communities in public libraries. REFORMA’s mission is to promote library services to the Latino and Spanish speaking and this change in policy does the opposite. It is not unrealistic to think that a program that is offered only in Spanish can be deemed polarizing to the community.
REFORMA’s Executive Committee urges the High Plains Library Board of Trustees and Executive Director to change the policy for one that embraces a radical empathy approach rather than one of neutrality. Our libraries should be spaces where we serve all of our communities and our programming policies should reflect that. We hope that the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director make the right decision.
President - Nicanor Diaz
Vice President - Romelia Salinas
Past President - Oscar Baeza
Secretary - Alma Ramos-McDermott
Treasurer - Denice Adkins
Member-At-Large Representative - Alda Allina Migoni
East Region Chapter Representative - Manny Figueroa
West Region Chapter Representative - Balladolid (Dolly) Lopez