At METRO, we believe in a society that is free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, or any other status. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for everyone.
We stand in solidarity with the Black and Brown communities who have been and who continue to be systematically oppressed throughout our country’s history by police, the justice system, and the government. We support every person’s right to protest the violence and harm perpetrated against the African American community, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and many others.
We believe that any progress towards justice starts with introspection. As a membership organization that supports knowledge workers at libraries and archives, we will be working with our community to hold space for discussion, contemplation, and self-reflection by hosting online panel discussions about ally-ship in libraries and archives, starting an anti-racism book club, and convening Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of our community through ongoing monthly calls.
Continued racism in any of our institutions is intolerable. We will fight alongside those who seek justice in our libraries, archives, and historical institutions, just as they stand alongside their neighbors, partners, patrons and customers.