|International Responsibilities Task Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table|
SRRT Newsletter, Number 97, September 1990, p. 3.
[Introductory text from SRRT Newsletter: Submitted to ALA Membership by SRRT Passed by ALA Membership Referred by ALA Council to a joint committee of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, International Relations Committee, and the Professional Ethics Committee, which will report back to Council at the 1991 Midwinter conference.]
WHEREAS: The government of South Africa has not yet dismantled the apartheid system; and
WHEREAS: The Mass Democratic Movement within South Africa has been greatly encouraged by economic sanctions and the academic, cultural, and sports boycotts; and
WHEREAS: The Mass Democratic Movement and the African National Congress have recently called for increased sanctions to speed the process of negotiations; and
WHEREAS: The Mass Democratic Movement and the African National Congress have modified the academic and cultural boycott, calling for a selective boycott aimed at the government and all other apartheid institutions; and
WHEREAS: American libraries have in the past given equal importance to the First Amendment right of freedom of expression, and to the Fourteenth Amendment legal end to racial discrimination;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the membership of the American Library Association endorse the Guidelines for Librarians Interacting with South Africa as attached [see SRRTN Sept. 1989].
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