Mark your calendars! Black Friday — the U.S.’s biggest shopping day of the year — will kick off Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Days of Action around the world targeting occupation and prison profiteer Hewlett Packard! The Global Week of Action will span Friday, November 25 – Saturday, December 3, including the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29.
During the busiest shopping period of the year, let’s show Hewlett Packard companies that people of conscience worldwide are boycotting and divesting from HP to bring an end to its egregious practices. HP companies provide imaging for Israel’s apartheid checkpoints and ID cards system; enable Israel’s deadly blockade of the Gaza Strip; provide services to illegal Israeli settlements; and manage people for profit in prisons from Palestine to California.
From the Los Angeles to Boston, from the United Kingdom to Malaysia, from Germany to Italy, from Jerusalem to Gaza, cities worldwide are organizing campaigns and actions to hold HP accountable, and so can you!
There are many ways your group can take part in the HP Week of Action! Here are 10…
Launch a campaign to get HP de-shelved from a local store.
If the store refuses, demonstrate and flyer outside to escalate pressure and educate shoppersabout HP and Palestine. Or flyer on a busy street during shopping season. Gather local signatures for the soon-to-be-released Boycott HP petition.
Organize a mock checkpoint or boycott HP flash mob!
Go holiday carolling — with boycott HP lyrics.
Hold an informational teach-in about what makes HP an important target.
Ask a local community institution or church to pledge to be HP-free.
Get creative putting Boycott HP stickers in smart places.
Host a social media house party; culture-jam HP with your friends on Twitter. Or sign up here to join a social media team to tweet/post throughout the week!
Organize an action outside of one of HP’s offices or tech industry gatherings.
Start building a municipal, campus, and faith-based campaign targeting HP.
Now is a great time to start identifying local HP vendors or researching institutional ties — such as contracts and investments — between HP and your city, university, or faith community.
Stay tuned for great new resources from the International Boycott HP Network to take these actions! Don’t miss the recordings of our recent webinars: Why HP is a Great Target and Building Effective Boycott HP Campaigns.
Together, let’s show HP companies it’s time to live up to their stated principles. Sign up today to get connected with resources for the Boycott HP Week of Action!