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Discussion 2nd Discussion Draft for the Resolution on Gun Violence - your feedback wanted again

by Pamela Klipsch on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 11:06 am

Dear ALA Community,

A resolution about the subject of gun violence was passed at the Membership Meeting at ALA Orlando 2016. In accordance with ALA procedures, when the resolution came to ALA Council, they directed the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee to establish a working group to continue to work on the resolution.

Dear ALA Community,

A resolution about the subject of gun violence was passed at the Membership Meeting at ALA Orlando 2016. In accordance with ALA procedures, when the resolution came to ALA Council, they directed the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee to establish a working group to continue to work on the resolution.

On September 21, we invited all ALA members to provide the working group with feedback on the first discussion draft of a substitute resolution, which was posted here.  The working group has reviewed all the comments and thank all those who responded. Your comments helped frame our subsequent discussions, and were invaluable in preparing a new discussion draft.

We are again inviting all ALA members to provide the working group with feedback on the second discussion draft of the resolution. This document is attached. It is by no means final and the working group will consider all comments on this second draft as they continue to refine the document.  Our intent is to identify and articulate those concerns which are shared across the membership and produce a consensus resolution that speaks to and for all of us. We expect this process will continue up to and during Midwinter in Atlanta when we are charged to report back to ALA Council. 

You can comment on this ALA Connect post to share your feedback. Or if you wish to share your feedback anonymously, please visit this form: https://goo.gl/forms/FRiSIz6j9cQy0cmh1

Please comment or fill out the form by 12/9.

Thank you,

Workgroup Members

Ann Ewbank, COL Chair, co-facilitator
Pam Klipsch, IFC Chair, co-facilitator

Melissa Cardenas-Dow, EDI Implementation Task Force Co-Chair
Aaron Dobbs, LITA Councilor
Aimee Fifarek, Arizona Chapter Councilor
Martin Garnar, EDI Implementation Task Force Co-Chair and IFRT Councilor
Laura Koltutsky, SRRT Councilor
Mike Marlin, Executive Board
Eric Suess, Councilor-at-Large, former IFC member
Christian Zabriskie, Councilor-at-Large, COL member

ALA Staff:
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, OIF
Adam Eisgrau, Managing Director, OGR


 

Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers, and Library Patrons (2nd Draft 2016.11.15@3:39pm)

1 Whereas the safety and security of library workers and the people they serve across the United States are threatened by unexpected and potentially lethal gun violence[1];

2 Whereas libraries disseminate information about topics of interest to their communities and serve as safe spaces for open inquiry and discussion;

3 Whereas the ALA Council passed the Resolution on Gun Violence (ALA Annual 2015 CD#45) stating that ALA:

  • deplores the gun violence that materially affects libraries in the communities we serve;
  • will work with state chapters and affiliates to support legislation that allows the prohibition of the carrying of guns in or near libraries and other educational institutions;

4 Whereas the ALA Council passed the Resolution Calling Upon Libraries to Build More Inclusive Communities (ALA Annual 2016 CD#44) stating that ALA:

  • urges libraries, librarians, and library workers to cultivate more inclusive communities by actively engaging their communities to defuse and deescalate a culture of violence based on hatred, discrimination, and bigotry;

5 Whereas many public-service associations, such as: the American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, National Parent Teacher Association, Student National Medical Association, Association of American Universities, National Association of School Psychologists, American Nursing Association, and the National Association of Social Workers have publicly stated the need for additional research into the causes of gun violence in our communities;

6 Whereas the 1996 Congressional report language commonly known as the “Dickey Amendment” (110 STAT 3009-244) limits expenditures only as follows: “That none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control;”

7 Whereas the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (125 STAT 1085) and subsequent legislation limits expenditures only as follows: “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control;”

8 Whereas non-political, comprehensive research is not prohibited by any germane statutory language; and

9 Whereas a FY1997 House Appropriations report acknowledged “The CDC may need to collect data on the incidence of gun related violence, but the… Committee expects research in this area to be objective and grants to be awarded through an impartial peer review process.”[2] Therefore be it:

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members:

1. Grieves with the families and friends of all those victimized by gun violence;

2. Calls upon the Directors of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to:

  • publicly announce that their respective agencies will resume funding non-political, comprehensive research on causes and effects of gun violence in the United States;
  • ensure that such research, and any uses to which such research is put by the NIH or CDC, does not violate the letter of the “Dickey Amendment” prohibition on the advocacy or promotion of gun control; and
  • sponsor robust research for the dual purposes of “preventing firearm injuries” and identifying  “ways to prevent firearm deaths . . . without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners”[3];

3. Encourages libraries to collaborate with appropriate local agencies to provide training and education for library workers related to the presence of guns in the workplace; and

4. Encourages libraries to support community discussions around all aspects of guns in society.

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  1. Federal Bureau of Investigations, US Department of Justice. (2013.09.16) A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-incidents/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-2000-2013
  2. H.Rept. 104-659, to accompany H.R. 3755, making FY1997 appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, July 8, 1996, p. 49 as cited in Krouse, William J. (2016.11.09) Gun Control: FY2017 Appropriations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Other Initiatives. Congressional Research Service: Washington, DC.
    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44686.pdf
  3. Dickey, Jay and Mark Rosenberg. (2012.07.27) We won’t know the cause of gun violence until we look for it. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-wont-know-the-cause-of-gun-vi...

 

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Discussion Discussion Draft for the Resolution on Gun Violence - your feedback wanted

by Ann Ewbank on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 02:07 pm

Dear ALA Community,

A resolution about the subject of gun violence was passed at the Membership Meeting at ALA Orlando 2016. In accordance with ALA procedures, when the resolution came to ALA Council, they directed the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee to establish a working group to continue to work on the resolution.

Dear ALA Community,

A resolution about the subject of gun violence was passed at the Membership Meeting at ALA Orlando 2016. In accordance with ALA procedures, when the resolution came to ALA Council, they directed the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee to establish a working group to continue to work on the resolution.

We are inviting all ALA members to provide the working group with feedback on a discussion draft of the resolution. This document is attached. It is by no means final and the working group will consider comments as they continue their work.

You can comment on this ALA Connect post to share your feedback. Or if you wish to share your feedback anonymously, please visit this form: https://goo.gl/forms/M90eDWOr1fAo4m9p2

Please comment or fill out the form by 10/21.

Thank you,

Workgroup Members

Ann Ewbank, COL Chair, co-facilitator
Pam Klipsch, IFC Chair, co-facilitator

Melissa Cardenas-Dow, EDI Implementation Task Force Co-Chair
Aaron Dobbs, LITA Councilor
Aimee Fifarek, Arizona Chapter Councilor
Martin Garnar, EDI Implementation Task Force Co-Chair and IFRT Councilor
Laura Koltutsky, SRRT Councilor
Mike Marlin, Executive Board
Eric Suess, Councilor-at-Large, former IFC member
Christian Zabriskie, Councilor-at-Large, COL member

ALA Staff:
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, OIF
Adam Eisgrau, Managing Director, OGR

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This working group, composed of members of the Committee on Legislation, the Intellectual Freedom Committee, and the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, is charged with reviewing the Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers, and Library Patrons and bringing recommendations concerning the resolution to the ALA Council meeting at Midwinter 2017.    

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