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This is rich. The Social Respinsibilities Round Table (Respinsibilities? Never was a typo so appropriate, but I digress) just sent out a postcard of SRRT candidates for the election and left my name off... deliberately. Now in the ballot descriptions I left my association with SRRT off, that was my decision. If they had asked me prior to sending the postcard I may have said leave it off (but there's a debate there waiting to be had as well). They didn't ask. In fact the person who sent them, Elaine Harger, said flat out:
"Your name is not included because I could not in good conscience play any role in votes being cast for you by anyone who is unaware of your hostility toward everything that SRRT stands for. The other name left off the list was my own, because I also could not in good conscience accrue any possible votes myself while depriving someone else (even you) of the same."
The money for these mailings comes from ALA, SRRT is using ALA funds to politik for specific candidates, not just SRRT members in general. SRRT is not representing ALA, they are not representing ALA members, only individuals who abide by certain beliefs. If they did this for a general election, state or federal, it would put ALA's status as an organization at serious risk. Whether it applies to elections within ALA I don't know but the ethical violation here is astounding.
At the very least I call for SRRT to be defunded and to lose their Council seat for a full term of 3 years.