APSA Council Acts on Meeting Site Selection
I am writing to convey to you the results of the Council meeting held on June 26, 2008. As you know, the Council met in special session to consider APSA's site selection policy for the Annual Meeting based on concerns regarding the safety and civil rights of all APSA members--in particular, those restricting rights for same-sex families. The Council recognized that state-level legal actions can infringe on rights and compromise the safety of members attending the Annual Meeting. The expanded attention to state-level actions broadens existing APSA policy. The Council acknowledged at the same time that conditions at the local level can mitigate these circumstances and that communities hosting APSA meetings will be expected to assure the civil rights and safety of all APSA members.
As a consequence, the Council reaffirmed our plan to meet in New Orleans in 2012. It called for scholarship and intellectual engagement at the Annual Meeting on these questions, and active engagement with the community on the issues of rights for same-sex unions and the economic development of meeting cities.
Through this process the Council has reached a deeper understanding of issues of concern to a number of groups in the Association. I would like to express my appreciation, and that of the Council's, for the quality of the deliberative process which depended upon the contributions of member comments submitted via the APSA website. We received 850 comments from members and carefully considered them all. I would also like to thank APSA Sections and Status Committees for their thoughtful input.
I will be working with the APSA Council to implement the revised policy and welcome your continued engagement with this important issue.
Dianne Pinderhughes, President