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January 29, 2004

Sandy Berman on ALA and Cuba

Sandy Berman, who was honored in absentia at ALA's January, 2004 midwinter meeting in San Diego, wrote this after the conference:

"If any SRRTer [member of the Social Responsibilities Roundtable] truly believes that opposing the Draconian 2003 crackdown on Cuban dissidents and demanding both their release from prison and return of all confiscated materials fully qualifies someone as a 'fanatic foot solder on behalf of the White House and State dept,' then thatís what I am.

"But so are the editors of American Libraries, MultiCultural Review, Counterpoise, and the Progressive; Eduardo Galeano, Ariel Dorfman, AI, HRW, Reporters with Borders, Vaclav Haval, Bogota major Luis Eduardo Gazon, Stanley Aronowitz, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Eichenreich, Barbara Garson, Susan Griffin, Naomi Klein, Michael Lerner, Grace Paley, Katena Pollit, the late Edward Said, Cora Weiss, Peter Weiss, Cornell West, Howard Zinn, Eric A. Herman, Peter Gay, Mark Crispin Miller, Samantha Power, Ellen Willis, Elizabeth-Young-Bruehl, National Book winner Carlos Eire, Michel Allsert and James Weinstein.

"Iím proud to be 'among that number.' And suspect that most SRRTers donít regard these veteran activists and humanitarians as merely deluded fools and foils."

You-me too, Sandy.

Posted by kgs at January 29, 2004 01:12 PM

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Okay, Karen, but the fact remains that SRRT Coordinator Rory Litwin led off the previous issue of his "Library Juice" (issue 7:1), which was current during the ALA midwinter meeting, with a quote from El Maximo Lider himself:

Posted by: Jack Stephens at January 30, 2004 03:22 PM