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Condemning Anti-Asian Violence: A Message from IndyPL to our Community


03/19/2021 | News & Announcements, IndyPL FYI & FAQ

The Indianapolis Public Library stands in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The increase in violence, hate speech, and discriminatory actions are rooted in xenophobia and racism, and we grieve for the lives that have been senselessly lost.

The importance of racial equity continues to be a central conversation at the Library. We are part of a shared responsibility to speak out when community members are being targeted, and we will continue to elevate the voices of Black Americans, Latin Americans, Native and Indigenous people, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. Our colleagues with the Asian/Pacific Islanders Library Association are leading the national library community in responding to this crisis, and we are thankful for their guidance.

The Indianapolis Public Library’s decision to promote social justice and antiracism is rooted in our mission and strategic priorities. As such, we will continue to offer antiracism educational tools and resources to staff members and patrons alike. We strongly condemn racism and are committed to uplifting the voices and stories of our entire community.


Resources:

The Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Their site includes resources addressing safety tips and understanding your rights.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project includes a guide called How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism. This guide shares “Speak Up” strategies to let people know you’re not OK with racist or xenophobic comments about coronavirus or anything else.

The Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment was created in response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment. It is the result of a partnership between, Hollaback!, an organization dedicated to ending harassment, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) has developed a Resource Directory to combat anti-Asian violence in the wake of COVID-19. The Directory is also available as a .pdf.

The Asian Mental Health Collective makes mental health information and resources easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

Embrace Race is hosting a webinar called Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children? on March 24th at 8:30 pm.


Books:

Awarded since 2005, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature recognizes books about Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. Use their page to find your next great read by making selections from their complete listing of the annual winners and honorable mentions.

The 2020-2021 winners are:

  • Children’s Literature: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller. Keller's book also won the 2021 Newbery Medal.

Celebrate the voices of East, South, and Southeast Asian American authors by making a selection from one of these IndyPL staff booklists featuring fiction, poetry, graphic novels, picture books, and memoirs for adults, teens, and children.


The Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA) and The Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA) are both part of The American Library Association's (ALA) Joint Council of Librarians of Color. These groups serve Asian and Pacific American communities across the United States and have issued statements recognizing and condemning anti-Asian hate crimes.

The Indianapolis Public Library supports and joins their efforts to combat cultural bias and bigotry by promoting diversity in our collection, programming, policies, and hiring practices.