Discussion of this resolution will now proceed in this ALA Connect space from Thursday, July 26 through Thursday, August 9.
On Thursday, August 9, discussion will close and the poll will open. ALA Council will then proceed to an electronic ballot and vote on the resolution via Connect poll from August 9 through August 16. The ALA Governance Office staff will provide a link to the poll which will only be open to Councilors. Please note that this is not an anonymous poll as people's names will be associated with their votes the way they are in open Council meetings. The results of the vote will be announced on August 17.
As a reminder, for an on-line vote to be valid, at least 50 percent of Councilors must participate. According to the ALA By-laws, approval of the resolution in an electronic vote requires a 75 percent majority of those voting Yes or No.The resolution is attached here for reference.
I need to check with Eli on this. He's copied here.
Eli – can you weigh in, please.
Fyi – I will be on vacation tomorrow and unable to work with this until Monday.
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I am in support of rescinding the initial interpretation and working on a rewrite. I wanted to share this morning's WaPo article of interest in this conversation in that it included wording that may be of interest in the meeting room rewrite:
"Tinker leaves no doubt that this requires tolerance of 'controversial' opinions or 'unpopular' viewpoints," Barnes's lawyers wrote in the complaint. "School officials may not suppress student speech based on the 'mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint' or 'an urgent wish to avoid the controversy which might result from the expression.'"
I like that there is no use of the "hate speech" related terms.
Dorcas HandCouncilor at Large
Dear colleagues and comrades!I appreciate that we are having this discussion and hope that Councilors will vote to rescind the interpretation approved in New Orleans and affirm the IFC's formation of a working group to collaboratively address the issues with language that have emerged since Annual. I will be voting in support of the resolution.I think it is important to note the IFC's interest in working toward a new draft for Council to review. The committee has heard concerns from some Councilors and from many in the membership that the language needs review, and has agreed to work toward this revision. We are not being asked to vote on the particular language right now--that will certainly require more deliberation. Voting YES on this resolution allows the IFC to move forward with a working group that has already been developed.I hope you'll join me in voting YES on this resolution.
I will be voting yes.JP, NMRT councilor.
JP Porcaro, MLIS
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Many Councilors have seen this blog post regarding the resolution. I am reposting here since the discussion is available to non-councilors as well: https://katieanderson.camden.rutgers.edu/2018/07/16/remove_hate_from_interpretation/
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