Tuesday, March 15, 2011

John N. Berry III on Wisconsin

"Solidarity in Wisconsin" by John N. Berry III at Library Journal.

Librarians must stand in solidarity with the embattled public employees of Wisconsin as they struggle to hold on to the collective bargaining rights they have earned and won over decades. It is not just simple self-interest that makes their struggle ours, although that would be reason enough to oppose the attack. It is also a matter of our values, our fundamental beliefs. From the early roots of the profession, librarians have been champions of the rights granted to all Americans by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, including “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government....”

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