The Progressive Librarians Guild (Greater Toronto Area Chapter) believe
call on Joe Murphy to drop the $1.25 million lawsuit against our colleagues, nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey. O open and constructive dialogue around all the issues relevant to sexual harassment in our profession is necessary, not only to show respect to victims of harassment, but also to foster environments where all can feel safe. and in this particular case would be preferable and more useful than taking punitive legal actions. Using the legal system to attack Rabey and de jesus others serves only to circumvent necessary discussions and further discourages victims of harassment from speaking out. It creates a chill and it traffics in fear and the asymmetry of patriarchal power. This case is Such actions are an abhorrent reversal of the core values of the library profession to foster open, free and public dialogue around social issues. We also ask other librarians, librarians' associations, and other thinking people to support our colleagues, either by donation, sharing information, writing statements of support, and/or signing the petition. More information on #teamharpy can be found here and here.
Addendum [26 March 2015]:
It has come to our attention that colleagues nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey have retracted their earlier statements regarding Joe Murphy. As per their request, we acknowledge the formal apologies Ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey have made to Mr. Murphy, and the retraction of the statements. Also at their request, we retract our call on Mr. Murphy to drop his $1.25 million libel suit against Ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey, as it seems the matter has been resolved, based on the formal legal statements provided by the defendants.
The PLG-GTA remains committed to the core values of the library profession to foster open, free and public dialogue around social issues, particularly those related to sexual harassment within the library profession.