The Social Responsibilities Round Table works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy.
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If your library helps community members vote, especially those who are who are housing and food insecure, I'd love to hear what you're doing. This could include providing: information about where, when and how to vote, including registering to vote in general and if unhoused; ballot boxes; community forums on the importance of voting, including local elections; addresses for those who don't have a permanent address so they can receive a ballot in the mail; partnerships with non-partisan local and national organizations that support voters, by providing help obtaining IDs or transportation to the polls or other kinds of support; student voter registration;, or any other support or information you provide. I'm going to be speaking at a NLIHC (National Low Income Housing Coalition) forum about the role of libraries in supporting voters and I'd love to have specific examples of the work being done. Thank you!
Julie Winkelstein, firstname.lastname@example.org
225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1300 | Chicago, IL | 60601 | USA
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