Good Morning all:
Council 2 has begun …. Coffee in hand, snack and water… everything plugged in… I’m ready to go.
Council Forum (which was held last night) is a time for councilors to informally discuss and debate items coming to the floor the next day. This allows the movers time for input from others hopefully to decrease debate and time to edit. Last night was a great discussion on two rather controversial resolutions: 1) the Bradley Manning “Whistleblowing” resolution. 2) The Divestment of ALA in Fossil Fuel investments. Two others, there was a little discussion and suggestions taken on a resolution on Prayer at ALA Meetings and one commending the vital role of libraries during time of disaster.
Reports to begin…
They will be posted…. (these were routine action items for editorial changes mostly)
1st: Resolution on Prayer in ALA meetings — This is part of policy but it needs to be outlined. As we are a diverse, professional, secular institution, this provides for the freedom of and freedom from religion. This is a heated topic. There have been incidents of prayers being held under the auspices of ALA. This resolution will remind folks that we are a diverse group… but that we may have moments of silence… “The American Library Association, as a secular institution in a country that is increasingly diverse religiously, refraining having public prayers during its meetings. Moments of silence may be observed meetings.” Motion passed. The debate and amendments took a while!
Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning: Another heated discussion on tap…
“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) opposes the prosecution of Bradley Manning
“recognizes Bradley Manning as a whistleblower who fulfilled to report war crimes under U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions.”
There is a motion to refer this to Committee on Legislation and Intellectual Freedom Committee ….
Next Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Natural Disaster (will be posted) Passed
Next Resolution: “Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies and Libraries’ Role in a Peaceful Transition to a Fossil-Free Economy” : I spoke at Council for the first time! YAY!! I think this resolution is short sighted and negative. I think we should encourage our Endowment Committee to make ecological responsible investments in the future and divest as is prudent for the financial health of ALA. Hope this makes sense. The resolution was defeated.
Next Resolution: New… to Move CD#39 (regarding rescinding our Edward Snowden resolution) and referring it to the Intellectual Freedom Committee and Committee on Legislation. Heated debate….
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More tomorrow from Council 3! Stay tuned!