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On Tuesday, July 18th, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will hold a hearing on a bill entitled “An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts.” Ironically, this legislation in fact increases discrimination by prohibiting the state from contracting with any entity that engages in BDS. Boycott is a constitutionally protected right. We must stand against this legislation!

Here’s how you can help to stop this dangerous legislation and protect our right to boycott:

  1. Sign the letter below to the members of the committee asking that they support our right to boycott, by opposing this legislation.

  2. Attend the hearing on Tuesday July 18th at 11:00AM at the Massachusetts State House, Gardner Auditorium. The hearing will likely go on all day and into the evening, so come whenever you can!

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  • commented 2017-07-29 21:51:13 -0400
    I heard about this bill S.720. It goes against free speech rights. It’s the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and it targets the international boycott, divestment and sanction movement (BDS). The bill has some teeth in it. It has for punishment one million dollar fines and 20 years of prison time for those that peacefully protest Israeli human rights violations by not doing business with Israel. Even Senator Ben Cardin who sponsored the bill didn’t realize the stiff penalties involved. Once he learned, he says that he is not for it.

    Whether you agree or not on the Palestinian question. Don’t you think people should have the right to protest about their convections? The bill represents the interest of Israel and it’s AIPAC, the interest of less than 1% of US population. I hear that not even the American Jewish Community is for this, but maybe a small fragment is, likely Zionist.
  • commented 2017-07-20 16:51:13 -0400
    The very idea that human rights can be superseded by stupid laws like this is childish and petty on the part of supposedly sophisticated, intelligent politicians. How would they even try to enforce such a law? Would they require us to buy or sell something to prove we are not boycotting? How much would it take to prove such? Would submitting to slavery be the requirement? Israel has a lot of nerve treating others as Hitler treated them. Did they learn nothing about humanity and their own responsibility toward other humans? Perhaps all those who endorse this law should kiss our behinds to prove they are loyal Americans… Amazingly no Alabama politicians were listed as supporters. Hmm, Israelis are not very popular with government officials here – only Christians are considered human. That is not my conjecture; our recently impeached (married but had sex with secretary) (Christian Preacher) Governor Bentley began his first day in office by saying (paraphrased maybe) “If you are not a friend of Jesus, you are no friend of mine.”
  • commented 2017-03-29 20:40:39 -0400
    I am sending a message and tweet to Pennsylvania’s US Congressional Representatives, even though most of Pennsylvania’s US Representatives and both Senators are in Israel’s back pocket. Hoping that a hole develops in that pocket and all of Pennsylvania’s US Congressional Representatives develop a heart, conscience, and righteousness.
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  • commented 2017-03-29 18:12:23 -0400
    I am disappointed to hear my Senator Ben Cardin sponsored it. I let him know.
  • commented 2017-03-29 16:17:14 -0400
    The only way to reverse the total confiscation of Palestinian lands and the dehumanization of the Palestinian peoples through occupations since 1987 is THROUGH THE POCKETBOOK of boycott. Resist the Israeli lobby and all its tentacles of financial control of our Washington DC. Do what is morally right. Push back the injustice of seventy plus years off Zionist oppression.