Friday, April 15, 2016

STOP ANTI-BDS BILL (Vote on 4/19) #RightToBoycott

Tell the Assembly Judiciary Committee to Vote NO on anti-BDS bill AB 2844
(Time Sensitive - Vote is on 4/19)

We need constituents in the following districts to contact their reps below so please share with anyone you know in Orange County, Santa Cruz, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, Monterrey Park, San Francisco, Salinas. -- though all contact from our side is encouraged today and Monday so do email or call.

Tell the following Assemblymembers to vote NO on AB2844 ("Anti-BDS Act of 2016") when it goes to the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tues., April 19th at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Link to the Bill

The bill would bar state and local contracts with private companies that boycott the Israeli occupation by refusing to bulldoze homes or build more settlements in the illegally occupied West Bank. This could impact thousands of workers at Veolia, which runs transit.

In pushing this bill, the Legislative Jewish Caucus is attempting to silence debate on Israel/Palestine, while supporting violations of international law. Below is a list of the Judiciary Committee members . Thank you and warm regards, Marcy Winograd

Chair, Mark Stone (D- Santa Cruz, 29th AD)
(916) 319-2029

Donald Wagner (R-Anaheim, Irvine 68th Ad)
(916) 319-2068

Luis Alejo (D-Salinas)
(916) 319-2030

Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park, 49th AD)
(916) 319-2049

David Chiu (D-San Francisco, 17th AD)
(916) 319-2017

James Gallagher (R-Sacramento Valley, 3rd AD)
(916) 319-2003

Chris Holden (D-Pasadena, South Pasadena, 41st AD)
(916) 319-2041

Brian Maianschein (R-San Diego, 77th AD)
(916) 319-2077

Phil Ting (D-San Francisco, 19th AD)
(916) 319-2019

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Sample message:

Dear Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee:

I call on you and your committee to oppose AB 2844, an unconstitutional attack on free speech with provisions that would be impossible to implement in any rational manner.

Whether or not one agrees with any particular boycott or divestment campaign aimed at pressing Israel to end its occupation, obey international law and respect Palestinian human rights, participation in such activities, in response to a call from Palestinians using nonviolent methods to secure their freedom, is a legitimate form of expression, protected by the U.S. and state constitutions. The state must not deny financial relationships to people or organizations on account of their political views.

California can lead the way in stopping a wave of such illegal legislation around the country. I look forward to hearing your commitment to oppose AB 2844 or anything like it.

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