The following resolution was brought to the House of Delegates on the initiative of the Chicago Teachers Union LGBTQIA+ and Librarian Committees and was approved unanimously:

WHEREAS the Freedom to Read is under attack by well-funded right wing organizations seeking to destroy foundational community organizations such as public schools and libraries, and

WHEREAS both groups and individuals are employing harassment and targeting of school librarians, diverse reading materials, and students engaging in the freedom to read in furtherance of their goal of destroying public schools and libraries, and

WHEREAS the harassment of school librarians and targeting of diverse reading material is an attempt to marginalize and eliminate LGBTQ+ and BIPOC identities, and

WHEREAS the harassment of school librarians and targeting of diverse reading material is also part of a larger coordinated nation-wide attack by special interest groups, legislators, policy makers, and politicians to gain support for anti-LGBTQ+ and racist policies and laws, and

WHEREAS the harassment of school librarians and targeting of diverse reading material for students violates the Chicago Public School (CPS) Comprehensive NonDiscrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Student Code of Conduct, and Sexual Health Education Policy, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) will continue to support and advocate for policies and laws requiring that diverse reading materials and resources be available to all students; and

RESOLVED that the CTU condemns the harassment and targeting of school librarians as they fulfill their duties to obtain and maintain diverse collections that promote equity and empathy; and

RESOLVED that the CTU supports the right of all school librarians to work free from harassment and to fulfill their professional responsibilities to provide students with diverse texts; and

RESOLVED that the CTU strongly believes in the right of every student to see themselves reflected in school and library reading material and to exist in the public school space free from targeting and harassment based on race, color, sex, gender identity/expression, age, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation; and be it finally

RESOLVED that the Chicago Teachers Union supports the Freedom to Read as outlined in the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement.