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Resolution Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
The AAA calls upon the current and incoming US administrations to implement fully the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

A Resolution on Behalf of the American Anthropological Association in the Wake of the 2016 National Elections
The American Anthropological Association reaffirms our fundamental commitments to academic freedom, human rights, a respect for all persons, and advancing our collective understanding of the human condition as a path towards a more just and sustainable world.

AAA Statement on the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (H.R. 3293)
AAA and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) have serious concerns over the unwarranted repackaging of Section 106 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), which once again seeks to inhibit legitimate research through the determination of what is "worthwhile science in the national interest." Anthropological research serves the national interest by helping achieve a more just and sustainable society, and the need for such research has never been greater. 

AAA Statement on the House FY 2016 Commerce,Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) has historically spurred the development of a strong national science and technology enterprise by working with the scientific community to create a shared vision for the future and supporting strong and sustained funding to reach these goals. However, the latest CJS appropriations bill, as passed by the House Appropriations Committee on May 20th, now appears to undermine that commitment.

AAA Opposes H.R.1806 - The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act
The American Anthropological Association opposes H.R. 1806, The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, because it would decimate federal support for critical programs at the NSF and irreparably damage the U.S. scientific enterprise, particularly at colleges and universities. It also is ill-advised to leave it up to Congress to determine which categories of science funding should be increased and which should be cut. Therefore, we also strongly urge allowing the NSF to decide its own directorate funding through its highly regarded merit review process. Read AAA's letter to the Honorable Lamar Smith, Chairman of the Committee of Science, Space and Technology and the Committee's Ranking Member, Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson.

AAA Condemns Indiana RFRA Bill
AAA joins a long list of corporations and citizens throughout the country outraged over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. 

AAA Calls for Justice for Mexico's Students
AAA President Monica Heller releases statement (PDF) on the death of the missing students in Mexico.

Association Calls Anthropologists to Action
AAA President Monica Heller released a public statement (PDF) today on police practices in the United States and called anthropologists into action to create equitable policing.

AAA Urges International Response to Missing Students In Mexico
AAA President Monica Heller releases statement (PDF) following the kidnapping of students and colleagues from Ayotzinapa Teacher Training School.

AAA Statement on Supreme Court Case Schuette v. Bamn
AAA filed an amicus curiae brief in the case Schuette v. Bamn. Read the Association Statement on the outcome of the case.

AAA Collaborates with Social Science Organizations in Letter to Congress to Protect NSF Funding and Peer Review
In collaboration with more than 65 social science organizations, the American Anthropological Association writes to the Honorable Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee to protect funding of the National Science Foundation and peer review. Read the letter (PDF).

AAA Dismayed by the US Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act
The US Supreme Court ruling strikes down the key part of the Voting Rights Act leaving much work to be done to preserve civil rights. Read the statement (PDF).

AAA Has Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment
Shocked and dismayed by recent survey results, AAA has zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic, professional, fieldwork or any other settings where our members work. Read the statement (PDF). 

AAA Statement on Funding Social Science Research at the National Science Foundation
AAA strongly opposes the amendment which prohibits the National Science Foundation from funding political science research. Read the statement (PDF).

AAA Resolution on Contingent and Part-Time Academic Labor
Therefore be it resolved, that the AAA membership commits to fair and equitable compensation, job security for all members of the academic workforce, participation in faculty governance for all members of the academic workforce, academic freedom, opportunities for professional advancement, access to secretarial and technological support services, the right of contingent faculty to self-organize to improve their working conditions and pay and to address other workplace matters, future efforts to collect more data related to questions of racial disparities in part-time pay and employment, further consideration of ways the AAA can be an effective advocate for contingent faculty.

Anthropologists Release Statement on Gun Violence
In light of recent events occurring nationwide associated with gun-related violence in schools, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has released a statement on gun violence.

AAA Releases General Statement on Immigration
Following the passage of anti-immigration laws in several states, the Executive Board's Ad Hoc Group on Immigration has released a statement making recommendations to avoid investing in areas that sponsor or pass such legislation. 

AAA Signs Statement of Support of Egypt
In conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America, AAA signs Statement of Support for Egypt. This statement shares its concern for the Egyptian people and the loss of cultural heritage that Egypt has sustained and the threat of further losses. 


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