One of our close comrades had the following to say last year when Jean Quan was running for mayor of Oakland:
When the city was ready to close branch libraries, Jean Quan led a campaign to keep them open. As the daughter of a non-English speaking mother, she knows first hand how the youth of Oakland rely on our libraries for access to the Internet, and safe places to do homework after school.
No longer. Late last week Quan announced the possibility of so many library closures that her latest budget cuts plan is in danger of violating Measure Q. Estimates of the number of libraries that may be close range from thirteen to fifteen; in the latter situation, Oakland would be left with two public libraries. Two. Absolutely disgusting.
Hands off public libraries! Information must be free!
Action update (via Indybay):
The Mayor’s proposed 2011-13 budget impacts the city of Oakland with the following cuts to library services:
- The following 13 branch libraries are scheduled to close: Asian, Brookfield, Chavez, Eastmont, Elmhurst, Golden Gate, Lakeview, Martin Luther King, Melrose, Montclair, Piedmont Avenue, Temescal, West Oakland
- The Tool Lending Library and the African-American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will close
- Second Start Adult Literacy will close
- Limited funding for new books, DVDs, or other materials purchased
- Reduction of service hours for the Oakland History Room
- Discontinuation of electronic services like downloadable books and databases
THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION! PACK OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS! DO NOT ALLOW THIS PROPOSAL TO PASS!
City Council Budget Hearings:
- Thursday, May 5, 5:30 p.m., Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers
- Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m., Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers
- Thursday, May 26, 5:30 p.m., Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers
Community Budget Forums:
- Monday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., Fruitvale Elementary School
City Council Meetings:
- Tuesday, June 7, 5:30 p.m., 1st Reading of Budget, City Council Chambers
- Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 p.m., 2nd Reading of Budget and Anticipated passage, City Council Chambers
Request to speak. Speaker cards can be requested online one week in advance here.
ORGANIZE TO DEFEND FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION!