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AAG Policy Action

The American Association of Geographers continues to monitor, intervene, and update you on key issues that have a clear impact on geography or in which our discipline can serve as a valued stakeholder in shaping viewpoints and policy outcomes. Below is a list of recent actions and responses by the AAG, and also information to help you take action within your communities:

AAG Opposes Federal Budget Cuts

The AAG opposes the Administration’s Budget which includes numerous proposals that would devastate the EPA, NIH research, and essential work being done at America’s colleges and universities (and by scientists and educators in other settings).

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AAG Opposes NOAA Funding Cuts

AAG signed on to a letter by the Ocean Conservancy opposing the Administration's proposed budget cuts of nearly $1 billion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Fiscal Year 2018.

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AAG Partners with March for Science

AAG has entered into a formal partnership with the March for Science, a multi-location event that will be held in Washington, D.C., across the U.S., and internationally on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The AAG Washington office will serve as headquarters for marchers from across the nation.

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NAACP Endorses AAG Letter Opposing Restrictions on Geospatial and Racial Disparities Data

NAACP and 26 other prominent national organizations signed on to a letter written by the AAG expressing concerns about proposed bills (Senate Bill 103 and House Bill 482) that could impose restrictions on the use of and access to geospatial data related to racial disparities.

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Creating and Preserving Actionable and Policy-Relevant Geography by Glen MacDonald

AAG President Glen MacDonald talks about the important role of geographers and geography in addressing the challenges that lie ahead in his February 2017 column.

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AAG Condemns Trump Administration Travel Bans

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) condemns, in unequivocal terms, the recently revised Executive Order 13769 signed by President Trump. The new Executive Order, like the original one issued in January 2017, perpetuates an unsubstantiated targeting of people from certain countries and unjustly restricts their ability to enter or return to the United States.

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AAG Statement on First Executive Order

Statement from AAG’s Glen MacDonald and Doug Richardson about Executive Order 13769 that restricts the ability of AAG members and the broader geography community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

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AAG Joins AAAS on Travel Ban Statement

AAG has also joined with other organizations lending unified support to address the U.S. travel ban issues.

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AAG is also working with other organizations. 

AAG Supports Meeting Attendees with Travel Restrictions

  • AAG supports those from countries affected by the U.S. travel restrictions.
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  • AAG provides a formal invitation letter to help with your visa submission process. Fill out the form, then print a copy to keep with your travel documents for when you arrive in the U.S.
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  • AAG highlights helpful legal resources available for international travelers who encounter difficulties upon arrival at Boston Logan International Airport.
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AAG Policy on Meeting Refunds for Those Voluntarily Withdrawing From Boston Meeting Due to US Immigration Policies

The AAG has already announced a Full Refund Policy and measures that allow presentations by surrogates or electronically by citizens of the six (previously seven) countries impacted by the recent US travel ban. Please see AAG To Support Geographers from Countries Affected by Trump Travel Ban.

For other meeting registrants who feel they cannot attend the Boston Meeting out of solidarity with those directly impacted by the travel ban the AAG will offer a full refund of the conference registration fees if notified by March 10, 2017. Alternatively, the AAG also offers the option for these registrants to donate their fees to the AAG Developing Regions Program; in this case 100% of your donated fees will go directly to support geographers in the six nations most affected by the travel ban. Your donation also would be tax-deductible in the US.

The AAG respects the decisions by its members, but also feels there is greater strength in standing together and directly taking part in the meeting, sessions and the formal and informal discussion on how we, as an organization and as individuals, can best move forward in these difficult times. In this vein we encourage all members who can to join us in Boston.

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A Letter to Our Members about the Recent U.S. Election

Letter sent to AAG members in November 2016 about the impact of the U.S. election and the concern for the values of free, thoughtful expression and mutual respect.

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Letter to Senator Michael Lee in response to Senate Bill 103

The Senate introduced a bill regarding Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations and geospatial data, which could have far-reaching consequences on federally-sponsored research, services and programs.

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Letter to Congressman Paul Gosar in response to House Bill 482

The House of Representatives introduced a bill regarding Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations and geospatial data, which could have far-reaching consequences on federally-sponsored research, services and programs.

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Follow Through with Your Own Views on These Issues

Positive change can be magnified greatly by contacting your local Congressional representatives to express your own views. 

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This page will continue to be updated with actions taken by the AAG.