Monday, July 13, 2020

LitHub: Authors cancelling events at Free Library of Philadelphia over treatment of Black employees

At the end of June, Black employees of the Free Library of Philadelphia issued an open letter detailing the discrimination and disregard for safety following order for staff to return to library buildings. The letter is very much worth a read in its own right, especially as many of the issues detailed are not unique to Black workers in the FLP system.

The workers have now begun to see further support coming from authors who had scheduled events at the FLP. As of July 8th, LitHub reported that six authors had all cancelled events in solidarity with the workers after hearing that the concerns raised by Black workers were not being adressed and the situation on the ground had not improved.

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