Fwd: Join PLG@ALA to support progressive and democratic library activities . . . internationally

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Steve Marquardt

Jun 21, 2015, 1:27:57 PM6/21/15
to Kathleen de la Pena McCook, cuba451letters
Kathleen, you write that neutrality” too often means complicity with oppression . . . 
[and that the PLG is committed to] 
support progressive and democratic library activities locally, nationally and internationally.

Does "internationally" include Cubans?  Following the mass arrests of March & April 2003, the ALA and its IFC, IRC and PLG missed opportunities to call for freedom for peaceful nonviolent persons imprisoned for assembling and making available library collections not assembled or managed by the government.

Some of the other groups that called for their freedom are listed in the attachment.  It is unfortunate that neither the ALA, IFC, IRC nor the PLG took the opportunity to express solidarity for Cubans' freedom to read.

Steve Marquardt, Ph.D.
South Dakota State University Dean of Libraries Emeritus
Amnesty International member since 1982
9383 123rd Avenue SE
Lake Lillian, Minnesota 56253-4700
(320) 664-4231

Organizations Calling for Release of the Cuba Library Workers.doc
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