The AIPAC-sponsored Israel Anti-Boycott Act – the bill that aims to criminalize the BDS movement – is losing support. This is a crucial moment, and letting Colleen Hanabusa hear your voice right now as a Hawai’i resident can make all the difference.
That’s because constituents hold the power. After taking some heat town hall meetings on Tuesday and last Thursday for supporting a bill that would criminalize our right to boycott, Congresswoman Hanabusa’s chief of staff told the Honolulu Civil Beat that she is reconsidering her support for the bill. That’s similar to what Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York (D) said shortly before constituents mobilized successfully to get her to revoke her support for the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
Now it’s your turn; USCPR Hawai’i member group HCJP (Hawai’i Coalition for Justice in Palestine) is asking you to make Congresswoman Hanabusa the next legislator to drop her sponsorship of a bill that intends to jail BDS supporters.
In this age of resistance, we need to hold Democrats accountable to rebuking unconstitutional policies that emerge from the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled congress, including the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Let your representative know that her constituents support Palestinian rights! Representative Hanabusa has been hearing about the #RightToBoycott from heavy hitters in the progressive movement like the ACLU, Amnesty International, and CREDO. Congress is feeling the pressure to drop their support for this bill that criminalizes BDS.
But your voice is crucial to advance support for Palestinian rights and to protect our free speech rights. Congress needs to hear why so many of us support the Palestinian boycott call – for freedom, justice, and equality. And she must know that we refuse to see our right to free speech curtailed.
The second step is to call Representative Hanabusa right now at (202) 225-2726 and tell her to take her name off of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
Thank you for raising your voice! Together, we can win.
Government Affairs Associate
P.S. Check out Cynthia Franklin’s powerful open letter in The Hawaii Independent and consider submitting your own op-ed.