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    :: Saturday, August 27, 2005 ::

    Restore the Vote Slate Battles for Rank-and-File Democracy Despite Campaign of Fear and Intimidation - ranknfile.net MEDIA ALERT
    Dissent and discussion are thwarted in District Caucuses as McCarron cronies push through endorsement; Free Speech Resolution is ruled out-of-order.

    On Monday, a Resolution in Support of Free Speech at UBC General Convention was brought to the convention floor. The resolution upholds the principles of democracy and debate, and would make it a violation of the rules for any delegate to act as a "floor whip" to seize control of the convention or to prevent, discourage, intimidate, or threaten any delegates from reaching the microphones to freely express their opinions on debatable issues.

    Although the motion was ruled out of order and was not passed, debate was allowed on the issue. After the motion was presented, in a victory for free speech and dissent, McCarron backed away from his long-standing policy of silencing discussion and allowed delegates to speak in opposition of all other motions put forward.
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