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Statement from the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus of MLA

Statement from the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus of MLA
Thu July 2, 2020
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 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.
The Accessibility and Disability Caucus of MLA condemns the racist and violent actions of police in the murder of so many Black and Brown bodies, including Black and Brown disabled bodies. We stand in solidarity with the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus.
The members of the Cancer Librarians Caucus of MLA stand in solidarity with the African American Medical Librarian Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus and our African American, Black, and Afro-Latinx colleagues. We support the Black Lives Matter movement in the collective fight for freedom, liberty, and justice
I wanted to reach out as an individual in support of librarians of color in this group and in solidarity with protesters against systems of white supremacy and oppression. That said, words and statements are not enough.
We, the leadership of the Dental Caucus, condemn racism in all its forms. We seek to create an inclusive environment in our caucus and are committed to doing the work needed to fight for greater diversity, inclusion, and justice in the caucus, in MLA, and in the larger society.
Confrontation is difficult for a lot of people. Confronting racism and talking about issues around race are very difficult. But the Hospital Library Caucus (HLC) leadership believes that we must speak out.
The Latinx Caucus of MLA unequivocally condemns the actions of George Floyd’s tragic death and killing by the Minneapolis Police Department as well as previous Black and African American victims of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence.
Along with our fellow caucuses in MLA, the MLA LGBTQIA+ Caucus affirms the strength and resilience of our Black members, colleagues, and allies in MLA, the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus, and the country at large.
The Libraries in Health Sciences Curriculums Caucus (LiHSC) stands in solidarity with the African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus and the many MLA members and caucuses who have already put forth statements condemning police brutality.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources and Services Caucus (NAHRS). In accordance with MLA’s vision and values, NAHRS interprets diversity as understanding, accepting, and valuing differences.
The mission of the PDI Caucus is to further the precise, accurate dissemination of information on prescription and nonprescription drugs to both clinical professionals and the lay population. Part of this mission is supporting members in a diverse and inclusive environment.
As the chair of the Research Caucus, I want to express my solidarity and love for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) library community members. I can only imagine the pain, trauma, and exhaustion that you have been experiencing as you have seen the images of anti-Black violence.
The Social Justice and Health Disparities Caucus of MLA expresses our collective horror at the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Police violence toward Black Americans is one of the many detrimental health disparities our caucus organizes to address.
Racism and law enforcement violence present destructive impacts on individuals, communities, and public health.