AAA meeting in New Orleans
- The AAA has scheduled New Orleans for its 2010 meeting. Again the union
issue has arisen.
If you would like to express your opinion on the AAA's decision (read
the attachment) I will relay it to the SA convenor. I believe the AAA
wanted to do their part in a substantive way to support this city, which
we keep getting reminders of from the recent flooding in the Midwest.
[mailto:aaasectionpresidents-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Florence
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 12:44 PM
Subject: [aaaSectionPresidents] Query re AAA 2010
Dear SA members:
As you may recall, on June 2 the AAA membership received an email letter
from Setha Low, Alan Goodman, and Dan Segal explaining the decision
taken a year ago by the EB to hold the AAA 2010 meeting in New Orleans.
I won't repeat the content here, but will attach a copy of the letter
The letter was motivated by some AAA members who approached Setha and
others on the EB about why the AAA would be meeting in a location
lacking unionized facilities. Their letter pointed out that the AAA
membership in 2005 voted that they "strongly preferred" (but did not
insist on) meeting in unionized facilities. This position was endorsed
by the Section Assembly. Therefore, the decision to meet in New Orleans
was taken in compliance with AAA policy guidelines. The letter goes on
to discuss the complex rationale for choosing New Orleans as a venue
taking into account labor and other issues, notably the desire to
support the city and its residents following Katrina.
Nonetheless, there are some AAA members who are dissatisfied with the
decision and so I felt, in consultation with the SA Working Group, that
it would be worth raising the matter on the SA listserv. I will share
briefly with you the gist of some of the SAWG's productive thinking,
with an invitation to you to consult with your section membership and
get back to the SA with any ideas you would like to share. We hope that
this will lead in some positive directions well in advance of the 2010
meetings, avoiding last-minute debates over the decision taken.
In general, the SA Working Group is inclined to think that the best
approach may be to use the meeting venue in New Orleans to address
issues relating to labor, gay rights, and post-Katrina racial
justice--and to invite local activists and community members to
participate. This is a strategy supported by members of EB as well.
There may be others who will say that an alternative should have been
found to meeting in in a venue lacking in union facilities, though we
are aware of the many difficult factors in choosing meeting venues for
an organize the size of AAA. We have heard that at least a couple of
sections are now planning to hold their events in New Orleans at venues
away from the non-union conference hotel. That is certainly one viable
strategy to handle what one member of the SAWG aptly called a "thorny
convergence of historical and contextual factors."
Other sections are creatively discussing plans to organize panels at the
2010 meeting on the convergence and divergence of different social
justice movements (relevant to New Orleans as conference site). Some of
us would advocate for the AAA conference that year to have an overall
theme that would address all these concerns.
As SA begins to play a more significant role in governance, members are
encouraged to use this listserv as a space for constructive discussion.
With that in mind, we invite you to share any thoughts you and your
sections may have, particularly those that go "outside the box" to
generate ideas that we may be put into practice.
Please consider the conversation open and let us hear from you.
All best wishes,
AAASectionPresidents mailing list
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