Statement of Affirmation and Solidarity with Marginalized Persons
The State Library of Pennsylvania acknowledges that societal structures exist that prevent individuals from living free from oppression and inhibit access to our services, programs, and materials that could assist them in overcoming these obstacles. These structures also exist within our institution in significant and subtle ways that act as impediments to our ability to serve all our patrons and all their needs. In an effort to begin righting these wrongs, the State Library of Pennsylvania hereby issues this statement of affirmation and solidarity with all marginalized individuals, acknowledging that each of these groups’ lived experiences are both unique unto themselves and intersectional with one another. The State Library of Pennsylvania makes these statements of its own accord; it does not intend to reflect the positions of any other government agency or position.
The State Library of Pennsylvania affirms:
The struggle of Black persons under the oppressive structures of white supremacy, including, but not limited to, past institutions such as slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and redlining, as well as present institutions and manifestations such as police brutality, voter suppression, employment and housing discrimination, and the War on Drugs.
The struggle of Indigenous persons under the oppressive structures of colonialism, including, but not limited to, genocide perpetrated by European colonizers, federal and state treaties and promises broken, sustained environmental damage to land and resources, and continued poor access to basic needs such as education, healthcare, housing, and employment.
The struggle of any person of color under the oppressive structures of white supremacy, including, but not limited to, racial profiling by law enforcement across many departments/bureaus, an equity gap in educational opportunities, employment and housing discrimination, and racist attacks based on country of origin.
The struggle of LGBTQ+ individuals under the oppressive structures of heteronormativity and cisgenderism throughout our society, including, but not limited to, exclusion from basic needs such as education, healthcare, employment, and housing, and police persecution as a result of their sexuality or gender identity.
The struggle of individuals disabled by their environment under the oppressive structures of ableism throughout our society, including, but not limited to, accessibility to public institutions, employment discrimination, and barriers to basic needs such as education, healthcare and housing.
In its affirmation of these struggles against structures of oppression, the State Library of Pennsylvania stands in solidarity with these marginalized groups, and commits to the work of dismantling these power structures within our institution and within the communities we serve and reside.