The People’s Library: CALL TO ACTION
Contact Mayor Bloomberg and ask him to respond to our three demands: 1. Replace every missing/damaged book, 2. Acknowledge that a wrong was committed and that this can never happen again, 3. A space to recreate the library. You can call 311 or 212-639-9675 from outside NYC, or email him here: www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html
Today’s Press Conference
The People’s Library called on the Bloomberg Administration to accept responsibility for the destruction of the library today in a press conference with civil rights attorney Norman Seigel, Gideon Oliver of the National Lawyers Guild, and Hawa Allan a Fellow at Columbia Law School. The Library is calling on the Bloomberg Administration to replace the both the library and the 80% of the books that were destroyed.
Seated alongside the librarians at a table covered in books damaged during the raid, Seigel said:
“The Bloomberg Administration needs to replace every book missing or damaged — not usable. Together about 3,161 books. We have the titles and authors.
The Bloomberg Administration needs to acknowledge that a wrong was committed and that this can never happen again.
We need a space to recreate the people’s library.”
Official Press Release will follow.
3 responses to “People’s Library Demands Accountability from the Bloomberg Administration”
There is no excuse to destroy a library. Of all the examples of civilized discourse, there is nothing more benign and representative than a collection of books. I am deeply saddened by this and hope that the Mayor makes proper reparations for this tragedy. #OWS!
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We agree this was very wrong. They also trashed 6 of the media teams laptops… And the Altar space was totally trashed. We can work together to get reparations: Please sign this petition. https://www.change.org/petitions/demand-reparations-for-the-destruction-of-the-occupy-shrine