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June 25, 2006

No impeachment resolution for librarians

Posted by David Postman at 10:05 PM

The Seattle librarians who went to the American Library Association meeting in New Orleans to push for a resolution calling for President Bush to resign or be impeached were unable to get the measure introduced. But they'll try again when the ALA comes to Seattle in January. Seattle librarian Lynn Lorenz, who was not in New Orleans but has been involved in the effort, told me that the group ran into procedural problems stemming from their lack of experience in the ways of ALA. (And ALA officials have told me it is a complicated process.)

Here's what Lorenz e-mailed me tonight:

"What we did do, was gain a lot of support for the resolution from colleagues, including some on the ALA Council, who have offered advice and concrete help to get the resolution introduced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting to be held in Seattle in January. We would've loved for it to be introduced and passed, especially in New Orleans, because we are arguing that the situation is urgent: Every day that Bush is in office brings a new violation of national and international law and human decency. However, we have every intention of following this through and feel the resolution will have a better chance of passage at this next ALA national meeting.

"Though such a resolution has no precendent, the main sentiment my colleagues ran into at the ALA is that the evidence exists and is well-documented to build a reasoned, factual case for why George W. Bush should no longer hold the office of the President."

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