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For Immediate Release: November 25, 2020
Contact: Ellen Lu, Program Coordinator, contacts@vayla-no.org


New Orleans, Louisiana - VAYLA joins the Save Your NOLA Library coalition and a growing number of diverse organizations, library workers, and citizens in supporting libraries by voting NO on Proposition #2 on the December ballot.

"We live in a world where children's success means access to a library. 
The fifteen libraries in New Orleans serve over a million individuals and families every year--for communities of color, New Orleans public libraries are an extension of home, a means of access, and sacred space of possibilities.” - says Jacqueline Thanh, Executive Director

If passed, Proposition #2 would devastate library funding by $7.5 million (40%) and lead to reduction in many library services and resources. This bill would disproportionally impact low income communities of color who are already experiencing the strains of the pandemic, unemployment, and climate change. From providing materials for ESL learners to internet and computer access for job and college applications as first-generation high school graduates, our libraries are a critical component of the educational network ensuring student success in our city.

 
We live in a world where children's success means access to a library.
Chúng ta sống trong một thế giới mà sự thành công của tuổi trẻ đồng nghĩa với quyền sử dụng các thư viện.

We’re voting NO on proposition #2 because we believe continued funding for our libraries makes for a stronger New Orleans. Stand with VAYLA to vote NO on #2 and save NOLA libraries.

Learn more about the Save Your NOLA Library campaign at https://www.saveyournolalibrary.com/

#SaveYourLibraries

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VAYLA is an intersectional AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) nonprofit organization based in New Orleans focused on advocacy through providing climate and reproductive justice education, community organizing education, comprehensive civic engagement and pathways to citizenship.

This Giving Tuesday, contribute to our Emergency Relief Fund that continues to support our community members deeply affected by COVID-19. We are distributing translated COVID safety materials, voting materials, and food boxes weekly through our Farm to Families Initiative. These community members include (but are not limited to) non-citizens and undocumented folks.

Our communities of color are underserved with limited language access and social access to survive. Contributing to VAYLA means directly providing fresh produce, food, and resources to Families in New Orleans East who have been unable to receive government aid, resources, and other needs
during this global pandemic.
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