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Contact:  Larra Clark
         ALA Media Relations
             312-280-5043

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2006  

     ALA Council passes resolution opposing Alito confirmation

(CHICAGO) At the American Library Association (ALA) 2006 Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, January 20-25, the ALA Council adopted a resolution opposing the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. ALA CD#44 states that: "COSWL (the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship), like AAUW (American Association of University Women), has 'grave concerns' about Alito's nomination."

The 182-member ALA governing body passed ALA CD#44 on January 24, 2005. The resolution specifically cited an American Association of University Women (AAUW) analysis of Alito's record on civil rights issues:

  • Alito's opinions in employment discrimination cases demonstrate he would act to severely curtail effective enforcement of federal anti-discrimination laws.

  • Alito has dismissed constitutional protections against sexual harassment in school.

  • Alito has a record of and demonstrated opposition towards affirmative action throughout his career.

  • Alito has consistently sought to curb Congress' legislative authority to tackle issues of national importance, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The ALA will communicate its opposition to Alito's confirmation to the U.S. Senate.


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