From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2011 6:07 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Take it off the listserv
It really shouldn’t be necessary to keep explaining this, but injustice *is* an “ALAA issue.” And as Dr. King pointed out, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Isn’t that why members post about Occupy Wall Street. Or should they be silenced too?
Let’s be honest here. We have contractual free speech rights. And no matter how many “non-work” messages are posted on the ALAA list, calls for censorship *only* come up when someone posts about Palestine. That’s not OK.
So let’s be clear: Everyone has a right to express their views on the ALAA email list. Others have the right to voice their disagreement with them. Both are equally protected. No one gets to decide what is “political” and what isn’t, what other members may post or read, or where they must post or read them.
Members who don’t want messages on a particular topic, or from a particular person, can create an Outlook rule to block them (MIS will help with this). Those who don’t want any messages at all can arrange to be removed from the ALAA list.
To echo OWS, this is what democracy looks like.