Protest Proposed Library Closures

Target: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Goal: Stop library budget cuts

Budget cuts proposed for Miami will shut down a large number of libraries as well as literacy programs. In times of economic hardship, education is one area were cuts should not be tolerated. Demand that libraries and community programs be preserved.

The budget cuts proposed by Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez would result in 22 of the 49 libraries in the county to close, almost half of the total number. The effects of such a cut would be hard hitting to a large number of people, particularly adults and children who participate in community programs through their library. While social programs are often cut in times of economic struggle, education programs should be exempt as they play a particularly important role in overcoming such economic hardship in the first place.

Some of the main programs which will be severely drawn back through these decisions are the adult and children literacy programs. These are part of a fundamental education that is necessary for success. Such programs are needed for the progress of each individual as well as the community at large. By cutting them, Gimenez is only setting up the county for future hardship.

Illiteracy, unfortunately, is at an all-time high. The importance of literacy programs cannot be understated when they are combating a widespread problem, one which serves as a stem for even more problems. Illiteracy not only limits people’s options, it limits their ability to expand them.

Basic education is a human right which must be honored, particularly for struggling adults or children. It is not a privilege only for those who do not have to rely on public programs.

By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez to stop the implementation of budget cuts that harm libraries. Such cuts not only harm individuals, but the community at large.


Dear Mayor Gimenez,

The budget cuts you proposed for your county will shut down a large number of libraries as well as literacy programs. While cuts are expected during economic hardships, education is an area where funding becomes increasingly important.  Do not cut this significant library funding, for the sake of struggling individuals as well as the community at large.

If implemented, the budget cuts proposed would result in 22 of the 49 libraries in the county to close. In addition to almost half of the libraries themselves being cut, community programs would also be severely drawn back. Literacy programs are particularly important as illiteracy is currently at an all-time high. Programs which combat this problem are needed not only to improve the options individuals face, but to foster progress for the community.

Please take action to stop the budget cuts that will harm libraries and their community programs. Education is a basic right, not a privilege granted only to those who are well off enough to not need special assistance.


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