Voting at #AAA2015 — What You Need to Know

The upcoming business meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver — Friday, November 20, 6:15-7:30pm in Colorado Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2&3 — will be historic and we need your vote!

If you will be in Denver, there are three things you need to know:

1. WE NEED YOU AT THE BUSINESS MEETING — PLEASE COME EARLY IF YOU CAN

Again, the business meeting is Friday, November 20, 6:15-7:30pm in Colorado Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2&3. Check out the Facebook page we have created for the event for updates.

You must attend in person to vote. No proxy or absentee voting is allowed.

Doors close on time. To make sure your vote is counted, please plan to show up early and bring your conference badge.

If you are a member of AAA but not registered for the conference, you can still vote by bringing your membership card. If you don’t have your card, go to the membership booth at the conference for a certificate that will allow you to vote at the business meeting.

2. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEAT AN ANTI-BOYCOTT RESOLUTION

The first resolution on the agenda is against the boycott. Similar to a measure that was defeated last year, Resolution #1 would block any substantive action by combining a rejection of the boycott with toothless criticism of the occupation and a vague appeal for donations to support “dialogue.” Resolution #1 flies in the face of the AAA Task Force’s unanimous recommendation that the Association take substantive action on Israel/Palestine and not simply issue a statement of censure.

We urge you to vote NO on Resolution #1.

3. WE NEED YOU TO STAY FOR THE BOYCOTT VOTE

Resolution #2 is the boycott resolution. Endorsed by Jewish Voice for Peace and Friends of Sabeel, Resolution #2 is a reasonable and effective response to Israel’s systematic violations of Palestinians’ human rights, including their rights to education and academic freedom. For a U.S.-based association, endorsing the boycott is also an act of protest against Washington’s unqualified support for Israel’s actions.

The boycott resolution is narrowly focused on institutions. Individual Israeli scholars would still be welcome to publish in AAA journals and attend Association conferences.

We ask you to vote YES on Resolution #2.

We expect that voting on Resolution #2 will take place before 7:30, the scheduled end of the meeting. However, due to the anti-boycott resolution being first on the agenda we cannot guarantee that this will happen. We therefore ask that you plan for the possibility of staying a bit later past 7:30 if need be.
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BOTTOMAnthroBoycottEmail.jpgFor more information, come to one of the six panels we have organized in Denver

Check out our guide to “Myths and Facts About the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions.”

Thank you for helping the AAA take a stand for justice and human rights in Israel/Palestine.

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