I generally share Yair's reluctance to see the WMF engage in political
activity outside the scope of the Wikimedia mission, but I'd like to
express my support for the WMF taking action specifically in pursuit of
maintaining the freedom to travel and work of its employees and volunteers
On 2/6/2017 2:01 PM, Yair Rand wrote:
I would still like confirmation of whether it was in fact an urgent
The legal posture of the case (temporary restraining order issued prior
to hearing on a preliminary injunction) makes it urgent. In order to
participate meaningfully in
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Mike Godwin wrote:
> Yair Rand writes:
> > I find it difficult to believe that this situation is so critical
> > and urgent that an RfC in advance was impossible, so if it does fall
> > that section, the policy was yet again
Would you let us know how much of the donors' money will be spent on this
legal brief, either directly or in the costs of staff time, please?
It would also be of interest to know why you felt that the input of the WMF
to this brief was essential given that there are 90 other
Yair Rand writes:
> I find it difficult to believe that this situation is so critical
> and urgent that an RfC in advance was impossible, so if it does fall under
> that section, the policy was yet again violated.
I don't find it difficult at all to believe time was of the essence,
Yes board was informed in the process.
Plus when situation started a few days ago, board expressed full support
stepping up against that specific EO.
Chair of the board of trustees
Would this action fall under "Collaborative advocacy" in the Foundation
Policy and Political Association Guideline? The section refers to
"collaborat[ing] with another organization to take action on a particular
policy or political question". The example given is signing a petition by
On 02/05/2017 10:10 PM, Michelle Paulson wrote:
We know that the Foundation’s prior statement on this executive order
has generated debate in the communities, on mailing lists and in other
forums. Some disapprove, with concern that the Foundation has taken a
political stance on
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation joined with more than 90 other
organizations in filing an amicus brief in State of Washington v. Trump
currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States.
This case challenges the recent executive order issued in the United