The Board of Directors and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Medical Library Association (MLA) support the statement made by our colleagues at the American Library Association (ALA) and join them in condemning the violent attempts to undermine our democracy on January 6.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) expresses deep sorrow, compassion, anger, and words of hope in response to the death of George Floyd and many other victims of police brutality. We share the horror and outrage being expressed throughout our nation.
We are hurting, frustrated, and our emotions are raw.
The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting.
The Professionalism & Leadership Domain Hub, a collaboration between several caucuses working on behalf of all MLA members, works to develop training for every librarian to be a leader in their institutions and spheres of influence and to create and advocate for change.
The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) condemns racism. MLGSCA stands in solidarity with and voices support for our Black members, our members of color, and members of the MLA African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus (Statement June 1, 2020).