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Statement of Inclusiveness
Par, le 30 janvier 2017
"I have personally decided that until things get normal (if they do), I will not be participating in any conference which does not make some form of explicit statement asserting that it is open to everybody."
https://notoimmigrationban.com/ Friends and colleagues, or just plainly "hola" if you prefer,
surely as it is the case for you, I am horrified with the policies of Trump’s administration. These policies have terrible personal consequences for people we know, either directly for themselves or for their friends or relatives. But there are also professional consequences. Not only in terms of lacking job security or because people feel vulnerable in a professional setting just because of whom they are or where they come from. But also in practical terms because people, from one day to the next, are not being able to travel to attend conferences, give talks, etc...
Besides supporting organisations like the ACLU, it is not clear what to do about the whole thing because everything one does will be essentially symbolic. But symbols have a value. At the very least they tell people that their community does not consider "normal" what is going on.
As such a symbol we have drafted an inclusiveness statement which one can sign - you can find it here.
Also, again just as such a symbol, I have personally decided that until things get normal (if they do), I will not be participating in any conference which does not make some form of explicit statement asserting that it is open to everybody. I know that it is silly and that absolutely nobody will care if I go to a conference or if I don’t, but well, some things are just unacceptable and I just want that it is said clearly.
Anyways, I wish you all a great day, and I hope that the next e-mail is about math.