Diversity Member Initiative Group

Chicago Info/Library/Archives Workers Meetup: Social Justice on December 20th

  • 1.  Chicago Info/Library/Archives Workers Meetup: Social Justice on December 20th

    Posted Dec 08, 2016 09:47 AM

    You're Invited!
    Tuesday, December 20th from 4-6:30 pm
    Where: Jake Melnick’s (around the corner from the ALA offices) at 41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611.

    The Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services staff (Zina Clark, Samantha Yanity, Kristin Lahurd, John Amundsen, Jody Gray, and Gwendolyn Prellwitz) would to get to know more Chicago area LIS/Archives and Info Workers committed to upholding our professional ethics of diversity, inclusion, information preservation and access, equitable representation, individual privacy, and support of marginalized communities. 

    We are inspired by the CA (https://www.facebook.com/groups/341282516236431/) and NY (http://piratepad.net/ep/pad/view/ro.lqICQaO3vQlg4L/latest) groups that have been holding regular meetups after the election. We welcome hearing from IL individuals and organizers to support existing local groups and learn from one another.

    Please feel free to share the event https://www.facebook.com/events/238369276575769/ with people you know in the area. All are welcome. 

    We'll have some food and plan to do this regularly. We have a private room and Jake’s is kid friendly.

    If you have ideas to make future gatherings easier to attend, please let us know!

  • 2.  RE: Chicago Info/Library/Archives Workers Meetup: Social Justice on December 20th

    Posted Jan 25, 2017 04:19 PM

    1.What are you concerned about in this moment?

    “Calling news ‘fake news.’”

    “The elimination of the 99%”

    “The constant overlooking of the plight of the already oppressed people”

    “Concerned for my students who are DACA/DREAMERS and their undocumented parents”

    “Respect for other differences.”

    “It seems as if some people think it’s open season to discriminate or do racists acts. We need to

    find a way to stop this.”

    “ALA making a commitment to empowering members hoping to make their libraries the face for good in their communities.”

    “cultural heritage and celebration.”

    2.Who in our communities are the most vulnerable to marginalization or oppression under the new administration?


    “Single Parents”



    “DACA/DREAMERS college students’


    “All minorities”

    “People with disabilities”

    “the homeless”

    3. How can we work with communities and community members to create spaces that by and for communities that reflect the diversity and intersectionality?

    “Creating opportunities for people to work with different organizations.”

    “Find ways to have conversations with people of differing values.”

    “Identify the issues that are important to that community. Don’t assume. Ask! Shape information to individual needs.”

    “Do community outreach programs that will inform and enhance the lives of community members.”

    “be willing to work with different communities.”