Shhhh! Librarians are protesting.
As groups around the nation plan a national general strike Friday, Feb. 17, with a rally in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, librarians are also adding their two cents to what they're calling a Day of Facts.
Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, libraries, museums, archives and cultural institutions will post facts that draw attention to the good things they do. The campaign is focused mostly on promoting the idea that libraries "transform" lives and society.
According to the Day of Facts blog, institutions will share factual content "relevant to this particular moment in American history. By not taking an overt political stand but simply sharing mission-related, objective and relevant facts, we will show the world that our institutions are still trusted sources for truth and knowledge."
The campaign also is designed to "reaffirm our institutions as welcoming places for everyone," according to the blog. It will use social media memes with facts and information about libraries' role in local cities.
In Portland, activists from the Direct Action Alliance, Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario, Pacific Northwest Stands with Standing Rock and Portland Committee on Human Rights in the Philippines, will gather at 2 p.m. in Pioneer Courthouse Square, with plans to withdraw their money from local banks. At 3:30 p.m., the groups will march from the square to City Hall, where they will deliver a petition asking the city to divest from banks that invest in the Dakota pipeline project.