The events of the last two weeks have left me saddened and at a loss. Many of you have reached out to me asking if AALL was planning to release an official statement on Black Lives Matter and anti-racism.
After a lot of consideration, including seeking guidance from others as well as thinking about my own personal feelings as a person of color, I feel that a statement without concrete actions does not create change. I am a firm believer that actions matter more than words. We are working on potential actions that we, as AALL members and law librarians, can take to eliminate systemic racism in our society and support AALL’s mission, vision, and values.
As you know, change will not happen overnight, but as long as we strive toward a common goal of listening, understanding, and self-reflection, change will happen. On the immediate horizon, AALL is hosting a Virtual Coffee Chat discussion on June 16, “Virtual Coffee Chat: Giving Voice to What Weighs Upon Us,” moderated by AALL’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Casandra Laskowski and AALL Executive Board Treasurer, Cornell H. Winston. I hope all of you are able to join us for this important conversation.
If you have ideas on what we can do as an Association and as AALL members to combat racism, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.