June 13, 2007

ALA Council Resolution on Southeast Asia Conflict (1971)

Resolution on Southeast Asia Conflict

Whereas, the stated objective of the American Library Association is the promotion and improvement of library service and librarianship, and

Whereas, continued and improved library service to the American public requires sustained support form public monies, and

Whereas, the continuing U.S. involvement in the conflict in Southeast Asia has so distorted our national priorities as to reduce substantially the funds appropriated for educational purposes, including support for library services the American people, and

Whereas, continued commitment of U.S. arms, troops and other military support has not contributed to the solution of this conflict, be it therefore

Resolved, that the American Library Association call upon the President of the United States to take immediately those steps necessary to terminate all U.S. military involvement in the present conflict in Southeast Asia and to insure the reallocation of national resources to meet pressing domestic needs.

Passed 145 to 21 by roll call vote at the 1971 ALA Annual Conference.

Al Kagan sent the text of this resolution to the ALA Council listserv just now, in the midst of a debate over Council’s role in addressing political issues. The United States’ pullout of Vietnam certainly came too late, but would have come later if not for the the willingness of cultural and professional leaders in the mainstream, like ALA, to take a stand.