On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 2:15 AM Yair Rand <yyairr...@gmail.com> wrote:

> The Guidelines on Foundation Policy and Political Association
> established by WMF Legal for internal use, specifically bring up the
> issue of "public endorsement or critique" of political policies, listing
> several requirements for doing so, and further requiring that they "should
> protect and advance Wikimedia’s mission “to empower and engage people
> around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free
> license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and
> globally.” Accordingly, we will not support causes unrelated to or
> inconsistent with that mission."

The question I have been trying to ask, going back years now in fact, is
whether "empower" refers to the political power to secure and retain the
freedoms necessary and sufficent to contribute to the mission, or some
other kind of power.

The recent blog post says "We strongly urge the U.S. administration to
> withdraw the recent executive order ... closing the doors to many
> refugees." I have yet to hear any arguments regarding how that statement
> specifically protects and advances our mission.

Many people have described how interfering with the travel of existing
employees is substantially more disruptive than restricting the range of
possible employees who have not yet been hired.

I have, on the other hand, heard on this list many arguments by people
> explaining reasons ... that are not directly related to our mission.

That depends on what "empower" means. If our volunteers have less resources
or free time, is their any question that the movement suffers?

Jim Salsman
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