National Library Legislative Day

Library of Congress; photo credit: USCapitol

The proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2018 includes massive cuts to library program budgets. But Congress must approve the budget, so there is still time to save funding. Today is National Library Legislative Day, so this week is the perfect time to take action! Here’s what you can do:

  • Tell us why you care about libraries by writing on the library’s chalkboard (located near the computer lab).
  • Sign up to be a library advocate to stay informed about library legislative issues.
  • Contact the Illinois Senators (Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth) by email, phone, and/or Twitter to ask them to support library funding.

If you’ve ever used the PSC Library (or any library for that matter!), visited a museum,  or simply believe that credible information should be available to all, then this issue directly affects you. Show that you care by taking action! (And if you’d like to learn more about the civic process, check out the library’s Political Science guide.)

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Show Your Pride

Historically, Pride month marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the raid by NYC cops on a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Although the movement for gay rights had already been active for decades, the raid, typical of the harassment suffered by the gay community, sparked outrage and catalyzed the movement. The next year saw the first Pride march to commemorate the riots, and every year since you can find marches and parades in cities across the U.S.

For years I worked at a bookstore on the northside of Chicago that specializes in feminist and gay and lesbian literature. Not only was the store a destination for all Queer reading essentials, we hosted regular author and community events. Although all the big name authors would tour in the fall, June was always packed with Pride events featuring local LGBT poets, historians, activists, and artists. The energy was palpable–the store would be filled with members of a supportive, thriving community. I haven’t been to a parade in a few years, but for me, Pride month is still about community.

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