WHEREAS, The Kalamazoo Public Library has a vision to have a community inspired by collaborative connections to one another; and
WHEREAS, KPL values compassion and champions everyone’s right to be welcome in a safe environment in the library and in the wider community; and
WHEREAS, KPL shares the belief in a fundamental right to live without discrimination and supports the movement for social justice; and
WHEREAS, KPL recognizes through its programming that open access to materials and media including those on racial equality and social justice can open minds and change the world by changing perspectives, and
WHEREAS, KPL has determined that it is necessary to explicitly affirm its position on the concepts of equal justice under the law, racial justice and institutional racism and human dignity for all;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that KPL recommits itself to address equal justice under the law, racial justice and institutional racism, social-economic divisions in our community and human dignity for all through our programs, services, policies, practices and the empowerment of staff to serve our community with these values as priorities.
Adopted by the Kalamazoo Public Library Board of Trustees
Monday, August 22, 2016