Equity Task Force Responds to the Events of January 6, 2021

January 19th, 2021

Equity Task Force Responds to the Events of January 6, 2021


The New Orleans Public Library stands in support of the American Library Association's Statement Condemning Violence on Capitol Hill, which outlines the library's role in defending the constitutional rights of all individuals, celebrating and preserving our democratic society, and ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to become lifelong learners and engaged residents—informed, literate, educated, and culturally enriched.

As outlined in our equity statement, the New Orleans Public Library is committed to providing equitable access to our resources and cultivating an equitable environment for both patrons and staff. As such, we play an essential role in promoting racial and social equity, not only in our libraries, but in our communities.

The Library's Equity Task Force is exploring ways that the Library can support our community as we process the events at the capitol, our divided political climate, and the systematic racism we continue to see at the highest levels of government. We also want to celebrate the historic elections in Georgia, which highlight the importance of political literacy and outreach in our communities. Below, please find reading lists and resources which can provide historical context and promote political literacy.

Titles from Our Acquisitions Department

Historical Context
- Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (2017)
- Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein (2020)
- Caste: The Origins Of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (2020)
- Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (2018)
- Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present by Ruth Ben-Ghiat (2020)
- A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn (2015)

Political Advocacy
- Use The Power You Have: A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change by Pramila Jayapal (2020)
- The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World: Practical Advice and Everyday Actions for a More Sustainable, Humane, and Compassionate Planet by Stephanie Feldstein (2018)
- Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams (2018)
- Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards (2019)
- Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health by Ernest Drucker (2018)
- Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All by Elisa Camahort Page (2018)
- The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World by Lucinda Robb (2020)
- Beyond Survival : Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement edited by Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (2020)

Political Literacy
- Who Can You Trust? : How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart by Rachel Botsman (2017)
- The Face of Struggle: An Allegory Without Words by Seth Tobocman (2020)
- We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, & Possibility by Marc Lamont Hill (2020)
- Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett & Dave Zirin (2019)
- 1919 by Eve L. Ewing (2020)
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2017)
- Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize For Reproductive Justice by Marlene Gerber Fried, Elena Gutiérrez, Loretta Ross, & Jael Silliman (2016)
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis (2016)
- How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society by Manning Marble (2015)
- They Thought They Were Free by Milton Mayer (2017)
- The Political Economy of Racism by Melvin M. Leiman (2010)

- Fake News by Tom Jackson & Cristina Guitian (2020)
- For Which We Stand: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters by Jeff Foster (2020)
- Kids Speak Out About Inequality by Chris Schwab (2020)
- Kids Speak Out About Violenceby Chris Schwab (2020)
- Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy by Kenneth C. Davis (2020)
- We the People: The United States Constitution Explored and Explained by Aura Lewis & Evan Sargent (2020)
- You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People by Elizabeth Rusch (2020)

- Black in America by Hal Marcovitz (2021)
- Guardians of Liberty: Freedom of the Press and the Nature of News by Linda Barrett Osborne (2020)
- Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything American History Textbooks Get Wrong, Young Readers Edition by James W. Loewen (2019)
- True or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy L. Otis (2020)
- Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough (2018)
- Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections by Jeff Fleischer (2020)
- Voter Suppression: Blocking the Ballot Box by The New York Times Company (2021)
- White Privilege by M.T. Blakemore (2018)

Online Resources

For Parents & Educators
- https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily-videos/classroom-resource-insurrection-at-the-u-s-capitol/
- https://edublog.scholastic.com/post/support-you-and-your-students-chaos-us-capitol
- https://beyondthestoplight.com/2021/01/06/resources-for-teachers-on-the-days-after-the-attack-on-the-u-s-capitol/
- https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/talking-kids-about-attack-capitol

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