For immediate release
Media Contact: Marla Eby
UTLA Communications Director
Press Statement – UTLA Human Rights Committee Meeting
October 5, 2006 – United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has decided to cancel the use of our building for a meeting sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), scheduled to be held on October 14, 2006 at UTLA Headquarters, calling for a campaign to boycott Israel.
The following statement was made today by UTLA President A.J. Duffy:
“After conferring with the Chair of the Human Rights Committee, a number of its members and others, we have decided to pull the meeting scheduled by the Human Rights Committee.”
“While as educators and union members we encourage a respectful debate on the important issues of the day, this event has provoked very sharp feelings among our members and concerns that this meeting is inappropriate.”
“We believe that to proceed with this meeting will only polarize our union members and members of the community. No one benefits from further hostility on these issues. We would hope that people of good will with differing views on the Middle East and other issues will find the appropriate settings for these discussions.”
“The following actions have been taken by UTLA:
1. We have cancelled the UTLA location for this meeting.
2. We have deleted the link on the UTLA web site to the Human Rights Committee web site and the information on this event.
3. We will be reviewing our procedures for the request of use of our facilities by all UTLA Committees.”
For more information, contact Marla Eby at 213-368-6247.