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NYC Rad Ref Supports the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act

NYC Radical Reference members have written a letter in support of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, which is pending in the New York State legislature. For more information, see the work of the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement at nycaic.org/legislation.

We are writing as librarians and other library workers in support of the passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (A. 3080 / S. 4784). Thousands of people, disproportionately Black and Latinx, are in solitary confinement in NY prisons each day, which means 22 to 24 hours a day in a cell without any meaningful human contact or programs. These conditions are recognized—including by the United Nations—as torture. The HALT Act would include restrictions on criteria for placement in solitary confinement, alternatives to isolation, and a 15-day limit on solitary confinement. Advocates note that states that have reduced the use of solitary have seen a positive impact on safety for both incarcerated people and corrections officers.

NYC-area radical librarians at Women's March NYC

Under the loose auspices of Rad Ref NYC, we fielded a contingent of radical librarians and their friends & family at the 2018 NYC Women's March. Here's how we were:

NEXT NYC MEETING: FEBRUARY 23 (2017)

The next NYC info workers meeting will be on Thursday, February 23, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm in LeFrak Center Room 113 (Library Instruction Lab), Barnard Library.

Second NYC Info Worker Post-Election Strategy Session

Come to the second informal gathering of NYC area librarians, archivists and information workers interested in organizing against the coming Trump era. We will continue to discuss potential impacts, identify skills and organizing strategies, and start brainstorming next steps.

Sunday, January 8
6pm

Printed Matter
231 11th Ave (near 26th St), NYC

Announcement for the first meeting, held at Interference Archive

Notes from the first meeting.

NYC Radical Reference Collective Meet & Greet: July 25, 2016

Radical Reference and 5 Borough Defenders (5BD) invite you to meet, greet, and talk social justice.

In follow up to last month's meeting, we will be joined by a member of Muckrock - a non-profit news site that provides tools to keep our government transparent and accountable.

Monday, July 25 2016
7pm
233 Broadway New York, NY 10279

RSVP requested (http://evite.me/grXUwAkTzu).

Please send agenda items, questions, and whatever else to [email protected].

NYC Radical Reference Collective Meet & Greet: June 14, 2016

Radical Reference and 5 Borough Defenders invite you to happy hour. Let's meet, greet, and talk social justice.

Tuesday, June 14 2016
7pm
Fourth Avenue Pub
76 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

RSVP requested (http://evite.me/uBWqZZ8xXF)

Please send agenda items, questions, and whatever else to [email protected].

Notes from the May 6, 2016 meeting at Interference Archive

Who's here:
Stephen
Cynthia
Jen (note taker)
Natalie
Evan
Melissa

1. Introductions

2. Melissa gives a recap of the last meeting

NYC Radical Reference Collective Meetup: May 6, 2016

The next meeting of the newly re-forming NYC collective of Radical Reference will be:

Friday, May 6, 2016
7-9pm
Interference Archive
131 8th Street — #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th ave./9th street)

Please send agenda items, questions, and whatever else to facilitators Melissa and Jenna [email protected].

Notes from the April 9, 2016 meeting at Interference Archive

Attendance

Alex, Bonnie, Charisma, Eamon, Ellen, Jaime, Jenna (note-taker), Leigh, Lucia, Meg, Melissa (facilitator), Sarah, Stephen

Intro

We started with a go around where people shared one thing that gives them joy about their library work and one thing that's challenging or that they'd like to change.

NYC Radical Reference Collective Meetup: April 9, 2016

Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. From 2004 until around 2012, the NYC collective of Radical Reference met regularly, put on events, and participated in activist communities.

Do you want to meet and collaborate with other anti-authoritarian library workers and LIS students in the NYC area? Come to the Radical Reference NYC local collective's first meeting in more than five years. For now our plan is to focus on whether there is interest in reviving the collective and if so, what that would look like.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
3-5pm
Interference Archive
131 8th Street — #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th ave./9th street)

Please send agenda items, questions, and whatever else to facilitators Melissa Morrone and Jenna Freedman [email protected].

The photo, from 2004 article in The Indypendent, is of Torie Quiñonez and Lia Friedman at a protest against the Republican National Convention in NYC. Torie and Lia live in San Diego now, but they still have a NYC home in our hearts.

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