One of the most exciting new BDS frontiers has been municipal campaigns, where communities are challenging their local governments and councils to refuse to contract with or invest in companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.
In October 2015, Portland, Oregon took its first step towards becoming “occupation-free” when its Human Rights Commission unanimously endorsed placing human rights violators Caterpillar, HP, G4S, and Motorola Solutions on a city no-buy list. This occurred shortly after human welfare commissioner Cheryl Davila was fired for bringing forth a similar resolution in Berkeley, California. And who could forget the watershed coalition-led campaigns that led St. Louis, Missouri to dump Veolia and Durham, North Carolina to drop G4S?
These valiant efforts have inspired activists nationwide to pursue similar campaigns in their cities today — and you could too! Contact us if you’re planning a municipal campaign so we can connect you with similar campaigns to share resources and best practices.