The LAM Mutual Aid and Solidarity Panel — hosted by the Archival Workers Emergency Fund Organizing Committee — will include Callan Bignoli of Protect Library Workers, John Chrastka of HALO Fund, and Paula Santos of Museum Workers Speak. Panelists will discuss mutual aid models of community care and community-building solidarity efforts.
The event if free to register and open to the public, however donations are being accepted for these collective efforts to support LAM workers.
Callan Bignoli is the director of the library at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. With support from many others, she has been organizing resources to help with advocacy and safe reopening efforts at libraryworkers.net. She also co-manages the New England Radical Reference Collective and the LIBREV community (librev.info), is a member of Library Freedom Project, and serves on the executive board of the Massachusetts Library Association as the Library Information Technologies Section chair.
John Chrastka is a founder and executive director of EveryLibrary, the first Super PAC for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy and tax policy think tank for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono support to over 100 library communities with ballot measures and tax referendums, helping win over $328 million in stable tax funding. The EveryLibrary Institute supports individual library workers through the HALO Fund and libraries through the FundLibraries crowdfunding platform along with publishing the journal “The Political Librarian.” He is a former Board President of the Berwyn (IL) Public Library and RAILS, the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System.
Anna Clutterbuck-Cook is a historian, reference librarian, writer, and crafter. She works as a reference librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society and is a volunteer organizer with the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. She is the founder of Persistent Stitches, an all-volunteer an all-volunteer collective raising money for resistance, social justice, and anti-oppression work through crafting, and recently coordinated the Persistent Stitches #Auction4AWEfund event. As a historian, she is interested in the intersection of gender and sexuality, religion, and political activism. Michigan born, now Boston based she lives in Roslindale with her wife and two cats.
Paula Santos is a museum educator, cultural organizer and podcaster. She has held positions in major art museums in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. In addition to her museum work, she is the host of the Cultura Conscious podcast and a founding member of the Museum Workers Relief Fund. She is a graduate of the Leadership in Museum Education masters program at Bank Street College and earned her B.A. in Art History from Williams College. Currently, she is the Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive Art in Chicago.
Moderators: Jessica Chapel and Alison Clemens.
This panel is the first in a series of semi-regular panel conversations hosted by the AWE Fund Organizing Committee.
The Archival Workers Emergency Fund organizers have created an anonymous survey to continue to keep a pulse on the scope and extent of the impact of COVID-19 on precariously employed archival workers.
As libraries and archives respond to the spread of COVID-19 and take steps to reduce the impact of the epidemic and prevent transmission of the virus, many institutions have closed, reduced hours, or required staff to work from home. Additionally, many libraries are currently facing or anticipating budget shortfalls in the coming year due to ongoing repercussions in the economy due to COVID-19.
CLIR’s Nicole Kang Ferraiolo talked with AWE Fund organizers for the COVID (Re)Collections series. We appreciate the opportunity to share the fund’s origins and some of our experiences working on the fund!
We unlocked the AWE Fund Organizing Committee $5,000 matching campaign on Wednesday, April 22, before noon ET, thanks to the 61 donors who gave more than $7,150. Your generosity will help our colleagues in need.
The Society of American Archivists Foundation announces the creation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWE Fund) to support archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to financially vulnerable and at-risk workers. All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Applications will open on April 15 at 3:00 pm CT.