Dear All,

Yesterday, the Wikimedia Foundation joined more than 50 other
organizations, including Electronic Arts, Pinterest, and Zendesk, in
signing an amicus brief[1] that was filed in State of Hawaii v. Trump,[2] a
challenge to the new immigration-related executive order issued in the
United States.[3] This order was issued following legal challenges to a
previous executive order that instituted restrictions on immigration and
travel based upon national origin.[4]

The amicus brief was filed in support of an application for a temporary
restraining order,[5] which would prevent the executive order from going
into effect until legal challenges to its substance can be heard by a
court. It details how the order’s provisions would harm the operations of
the signatories, including the Wikimedia Foundation. As an organization
that collaborates across borders daily, with staff, contractors, and
members of the Wikimedia communities, these restrictions will hamper the
Foundation’s ability to work effectively in pursuit of our mission to make
free knowledge globally available.

The Wikimedia Foundation continuously monitors events around the world that
may impact the Foundation’s ability to support the projects and
communities. When that capacity is threatened, as in the case of these
travel restrictions, we will take action to protect the future of the
projects, our mission, and our team's ability to serve both. This is not
about political ideology, it is about preservation. More about today’s
filing is available on the Wikimedia blog.[6]


Michelle Paulson







Michelle Paulson
Interim General Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415.839.6885 ext. 6608 (Office)
415.882.0495 (Fax)

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