New York City's Mayor Adams' budget cuts impair the library services, particularly impacting working families, children, seniors and those in need. The discontinuation of Sunday library services disproportionately affects these groups who depend on these resources. Residents are encouraged to gather on December 17th to challenge these cuts and advocate for the restoration of essential library services.
Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) opposes Mayor Adams' decision to cut the city budget by 5%, warning it could harm libraries and communities. ULU criticizes the mayor's tactic of blaming asylum seekers for the budget cut and urges him to find equitable solutions. They reiterate their commitment to advocate for a fair city budget that strengthens the community.
In recent months we have seen protests against Drag Story Hour across the country and they are feeling scarier and more aggressive all the time. We are proud of our colleagues who have the courage to do Drag Story Hour and we want to help them get the support they need as they provide their … Continue reading Drag Story Hour Planning and Safety Support Guide
Urban Librarians Unite stands in solidarity with the Asian community and unequivocally condemns anti-Asian statements, violence, xenophobia, and racism in libraries and in our communities. A year ago, we signed onto the APALA pledge, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing against hate. Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora are more than 12% of the … Continue reading ULU Statement in support of Asian Communities
Urban Librarians Unite is in support of the inclusion of all library workers in public libraries in state and local Phase 1b vaccine distribution plans. Including library workers will protect library staff and help minimize risks to library users and visitors. Libraries are community hubs that are still serving our communities throughout the pandemic, any delay in inoculating librarians and library workers will continue to expose our colleagues to unnecessary risk and delay the reopening of our treasured institutions.