Executive Council Statement on the Principle of Open Debate

In the context of recent debates among MLA members about deeply held political convictions, the Executive Council of the MLA—the elected body charged with fiduciary and administrative responsibility for the association—reaffirms the principle that the MLA has the right and the obligation to engage in full and open debate on issues of shared public concern. In the spirit of that commitment, the council wishes to clarify that resolutions passed by the membership constitute expressions of sentiment and are nonbinding for the organization. Resolution 2017-1 calls on the MLA to refrain from endorsing a boycott, but that resolution is not a motion, which would determine policy. Resolution 2017-1 in no way precludes the possibility of a new resolution with another expressive aim and in no way limits debate or a vote on this matter in the future.