Magazine article American Libraries

State Support for CIPA Suit Continues

Magazine article American Libraries

State Support for CIPA Suit Continues

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Last month's column featured comments from Rhode Island, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin, showing how state chapters are dealing with the implications of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and ALA's lawsuit challenging the act's constitutionality. This month picks up with additional responses, ranging from raising funds to raising awareness.

The July decision by the court to deny the government's motion to dismiss and to instead consolidate the two suits brought by ALA and American Civil Liberties Union sends the process into a fall season of pretrial activity (AL, Sept., p. 16). With a trial date set for February 2002, chapters have the opportunity to both celebrate their victory to date and continue to promote awareness and understanding of the funding at stake. Fall chapter conferences offer an ideal forum for sharing examples from other chapters, making decisions at the leadership level, and promoting discussion among members and the broader public.

From Cheryl A. McCarthy, president, New England Library Association:

The NELA Executive Board voted unanimously to join ALA's CIPA lawsuit as a plaintiff. We have publicized the importance of the suit via our Web site, in our newsletter, and with a future program scheduled for our annual conference in September. Financial support will be generated by a silent auction at the conference, and we have asked our members to share any stories regarding the impact of CIPA on their patrons and libraries.

From Larry Almeida, president, Idaho Library Association:

The Idaho Library Association passed a resolution supporting the ALA lawsuit on April 18, 2001. In addition, ILA voted to send $500 to help fund this effort and sent copies of the resolution to Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, Representatives Mike Simpson and Butch Otter, and Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne.

From Danny Hales, chapter councilor, Florida Library Association:

The Florida Library Association has kept its members informed through electronic and print publications, and the executive board passed a resolution supporting ALA's stand on CIPA. Chris Hansen of the ACLU was a panelist at a packed session at this spring's FLA annual conference. At the upcoming fall board meeting, consideration will be given to a financial contribution.

From Carol P. Johnson, president, Minnesota Library Association:

The MLA board passed a motion supporting ALA in its fight against CIPA, published a notice in the newsletter, and will request direction from the membership on financial support at the general membership meeting in October. …

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