Even before the official start of the August Congressional recess, Members of Congress started getting unprecedented pushback from their constituents for protecting Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.
This month, Members of Congress will be at home holding town halls and constituent meetings. Let’s show them that we #Resist their attempts to criminalize BDS and that we’ll continue advocating for Palestinian rights.
This public #Resistance to the pro-Israel lobby’s agenda is a game-changer because Members of Congress are being forced to reckon with their constituents’ demands for an end to the long-held US policy of backing Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.
And read our past action alerts:”The People: 1, AIPAC: 0” (August 7, 2017), “Democrats can’t lead the Trump resistance while repressing BDS” (August 7, 2017), “Let’s Show Congress Our #Resistance” (July 27, 2017)
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is one of two original sponsors of the draconian Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the bill that threatens to criminalize BDS activity. His constituents held him accountable at a recent town hall.
Town hall w/ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand & Rep. Grace Meng, Queens, NY, July 31, 2017.
I got the chance to ask U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Grace Meng about their support for the Israel Anti-Boycott act. J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace and the ACLU Nationwide all oppose this bill because of its chilling impact on free speech. It would impose civil penalties of up to $250K and criminal penalties of up to $1M and 10 years in jail on individuals supporting or seeking information to support any boycott of Israel. Thanks to fellow Peace Action New York State staff Emily for getting it partially on video:Posted by Kate Alexander on Monday, July 31, 2017
Town hall w/ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Bronx, NY, July 22, 2017.
Sen. Gillibrand Supports the Right to Boycott
WATCH: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says "we are all allowed to boycott" when confronted by a constituent at a town hall meeting over her support for the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720), a bill which criminalizes boycotting Israel or its illegal settlements. Call her today at 202-224-4451 and ask her to remove her sponsorship of S.720. https://uscpr.org/campaigns/oppose-israel-anti-boycott-act/Posted by US Campaign for Palestinian Rights on Monday, July 24, 2017