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Mon Apr 4 2005
24-Hour Read-In in Salinas Held to Protest Library Closure
Organizations and Community Members Protest Government's Funding Focus
Local and regional authors, poets, activists, artists, and other library supporters brought an “Emergency 24-hour “Read-In” to life this weekend. They gathered around the Cesar Chavez Public Library in Salinas, which was slated for closure along with the entire Salinas library system due to budget shortfalls. With a small tent city erected on the back lawn, and pro-library/anti-war banners hanging from the fences, the non-stop rally and read-in featured a non-stop “reading throne” near the library’s front door, a main 24-hour stage on the other side, along with organization booths and information tables.

Many of the people who were in attendance repeatedly made reference to the fact that hundreds of billions have now been spent on the unjust Iraq War, and yet five million dollars cannot be found to keep the Salinas libraries open. For one speaker, Fernando Suarez, this issue went beyond simple economics when he told of how his son joined the U.S. Army and was later killed fighting in Iraq. Fernando is now a member of Gold Star Families for Peace.

Sponsors of the Emergency 24-Hour Read-In were CODEPINK, Salinas Action League, United Farmworkers of America, AFL-CIO, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Global Exchange, and The Citizen Project. Not in Our Name Bay Area was one of the co-sponsors.

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