Tuesday, November 01, 2005

An Open Letter to Michael Gorman

At the request of Robert Kent of Friends of Cuban Libraries, I gladly repost the following open letter from Mr. Kent to ALA President Michael Gorman:

Dear Mr. Gorman: October 20, 2005

On October 3 I made a telephone call to your office to request support for saving the life of an imprisoned Cuban librarian, Victor Rolando Arroyo, who was near death as a result of a prolonged hunger strike. The receptionist who answered the telephone was informed of the emergency nature of the call, and she tried without success to put the call through. But she did say you had promised to return my emergency telephone call.

Sadly, as of today, no return telephone call has been received. This effort to save the life of Victor Rolando Arroyo followed upon an earlier message sent to your e-mail address on September 27. The e-mail message did not receive an answer either.

Please read the rest.


Anonymous Ed Merwin, Jr. said...

ALA tends, at times, to be rather idealistic in its view of national and international events; as witness the "love affair" between ALA and Michael Moore symbolized by the "screening" of his "masterpiece" at the Florida conference. As a member of ALA, out of professional necessity, I agree with the view that they must NOT speak for me.

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