SRRT Afternoon of Social Justice

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Registration is free and you do not need to be an ALA member.
Each session must be individually registered for and a link to recorded sessions will be emailed afterwards for those who can't attend live

June 29th, 12:00pm – 4:30pm Eastern Time

Speaker Bios


Join the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table for an Afternoon of Social Justice. This free virtual event features librarians and scholars as they present on a variety of topics including Native American treaty rights, democracy in the time of COVID, and women activism and libraries. Plenty of time will be allowed for questions and discussions after each presentation. 


Schedule (Eastern Time):

12:00pm – 1:30pm                         Native American Treaty Rights in the Time of Covid-19

1:45pm – 3:15pm                           Democracy in the Time of COVID

3:30pm – 4:30pm                           Herstory through Activism: Women, Libraries, and Activism




Native American Treaty Rights in the Time of Covid-19

This program is sponsored by the American Indian Library Association and the International Responsibilities Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table

The struggle to defend the treaty rights of Native Americans has been long and difficult. But the Covid-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to the protection of the voting rights, the environment, and the health and safety of Native American communities. Our panel will address these issues, and what you can do to help.




Tadd Johnson, Senior Director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations, University of Minnesota

Winona LaDuke, activist and Executive Director of Honor the Earth

Dallin Maybee, Assistant Director of Development, Native American Rights Fund


Cindy Hohl, President-Elect of the American Indian Library Association

Tom Twiss, Co-Chair, SRRT's International Responsibilities Task Force



Democracy in the Time of COVID

The focus of this panel discussion will be how COVID19 may impact November’s election and how the ongoing attacks on “vote by mail” could result in massive voter suppression. Panelists will also consider the chimera of voter fraud and how it is being used as a subversive tool to undercut our democracy. The session will begin with a short documentary that goes behind the scenes of the so-called “voter integrity” movement, “Voter Fraudbusters,” from the producers of, “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.”




Carol Anderson, Chair, African American Studies, Emory University and author of “One Person, No Vote

David Daley, author, "Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy

Mac Heller, Executive Producer, “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook

Tomas Lopez, Executive Director, Democracy NC

Moderator: Melanye Price, Endowed Professor of Political Science, Prairie View A&M and author, “The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama & The Political Uses of Race



Herstory through Activism: Women, Libraries, and Activism

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the 50th anniversary of ALA’s Feminist Task Force, this panel presentation will look at the intersections and relationships between women, libraries, and activism. From early literary clubs to today’s radical feminists, libraries have always been a haven for both women and activists. Hear “herstory” from a diverse group of librarians and learn more about how this relationship developed and grew into today’s current activism. See how far we’ve come and what else is left to do. Note: this is a recording our ALA Annual presentation. Panelists will be available afterwards for live discussions and questions. 




Emily Drabinski, Critical Pedagogy Librarian, CUNY

Dalena Hunter, Librarian/ Archivist for Los Angeles Communities and Cultures, UCLA

Teresa Neely, Professor of Librarianship and Assessment Librarian, University of New Mexico and author of "In our Own Voices, Redux: The Faces of Librarianship Today"

Moderator:  Sherre Harrington, Feminist Task Force Chair