Saturday, July 19, 2014

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine is an independent group of librarians and archivists who traveled to Palestine from June 23 – July 4, 2013. 


We come from the US, Canada, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, and Palestine. We bore witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and the myriad ways access is denied. We were inspired by the many organizations and individuals we visited who resist settler-colonialism in their daily lives. We connected with colleagues in libraries, archives, and related projects and institutions, in the hopes of gaining mutual benefit through information exchange and skill-sharing. We learned about the common and unique challenges we face—both in different parts of Palestine and in our home contexts. In all our travels and work, we respected the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and did not partner with any organization that violates this call. 

Now that the delegation has ended, we are committed to sharing what we have seen, applying what we have learned, publicizing projects we have visited, and otherwise breaking down barriers to access in any way we can.

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Homeless in the Library

Homeless in the Library.

'Quiet, Please' is a documentary that takes a glimpse into the lives of people who take refuge in the library from the brutal elements of the streets.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System

Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison System

To the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice:

Harmonize policies and procedures in BOP and private prisons. Modify all contracts and solicitations to require that private prisons comply with all current and future BOP policies, procedures, program statements, and technical reference manuals, including but not limited to those regarding:

• Use of Special Housing Units (SHU), particularly subsequent to intake;

• Provision of adequate space, staffing, and services for each prisoner;

• Clear and uniform grievance procedures, including a meaningful opportunity for redress above the facility level; 

• Access to legal resources, including confidential contact attorney visits in areas free from auditory supervision of prison officers or staff; and 

• All aspects of medical and mental health care.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Informed Agitation-New Book from Library Juice Press


Informed Agitation

In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to, or directly involved in, social justice struggles have long embodied this idea, as they make use of their skills in the service of those causes. From movement archives to zine collections, international solidarity to public library programming, oral histories to email lists, prisons to protests —and beyond —this book is a look into the projects and pursuits of activist librarianship in the early 21st century.

Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

In a  May 12 letter published on AlterNet, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW  published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced.” In a  June 11 debate on Democracy Now!, HRW Counsel and Spokesman Reed Brody similarly rejected their recommendations. Now, Nobel Laureates Mairead Maguire and Adolfo PĂ©rez Esquivel join fellow signatories Richard Falk (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories from 2008-14) and Hans von Sponeck (UN Assistant Secretary General from 1998-2000) in demanding that their proposals be taken seriously, and additionally, that HRW remove former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana from its Board of Directors.