Washington, DC – A group of Ivy League librarians has demanded that their colleagues join them in their push to abolish law enforcement agencies in order to usher in a “world without policing.”
They demanded in a statement in June that their colleagues join them in calling for universities to hire people who “identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color,” and that they “immediately begin the work of divesting from police and prisons.”
Ivy League librarians must “explicitly name policing itself as the problem,” and should also take action to ensure the “complete abolition of law enforcement,” the group said in a statement in October, according to Campus Reform.
“The solution to police violence is not reform but an abolition of policing in all its forms,” the statement read. “Therefore, we call on the leadership of our institutions and all of our colleagues to embrace an abolitionist vision of a hopeful, life-affirming future and to immediately begin the work of divesting from police and prisons with the ultimate goal of the complete abolition of law enforcement and surveillance from library spaces, campuses, communities — in short, everywhere.”
According to AbLA Ivy+, all Ivy League libraries must implement police-free plans to deal with any conflicts inside their facilities without law enforcement involvement by 2022, Campus Reform reported.
They must also bow to the whims of anti-police “activists” by severing “all relationships — formal and informal — with local police departments as demanded by student and community activist groups,” according to the group’s statement.
Cameras in libraries should be prohibited, as well as “the development of data policies and practices that draw on feminist and decolonial praxis,” the librarians added.
They also called for a complete divestment from policing, law enforcement, and “companies that use prison labor,” according to Campus Reform.
“We demand that our university and college libraries formally endorse these demands and stand in support with these groups towards a police-free future,” the statement read.
The AbLA Ivy+ further declared that their stance on police abolition proves they are taking responsibility for their own “privilege and power,” Campus Reform reported.
“We recognize that librarianship, an overwhelmingly white profession, has systematically marginalized BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and librarians with disabilities,” the group wrote. “Reckoning with our own histories of and complicity in white supremacy and anti-Black racism is in the best interest not only of our institutions and patrons but our profession at large.”