Update January 10, 2019: S1, a bill to provide federal support and protection for state anti-BDS laws and codify $38 billion for Israel was defeated twice on the U.S. Senate on Tuesday January 8 and on Thursday January 10. In both these votes, only four Democratic Senators - Bob Menendez, Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, and former activist with CODEPINK, Kyrsten Sinema - voted in favor of the bill to violate our First Amendment right to boycott.
Unfortunatly, Senator McConnell brought the bill back to be voted on for a THIRD time.
Call Senator Sinema now (202) 224-4521. Tell her to to support free speech, the ACLU, Palestinian rights and an end to Trump's government shutdown. Tell her to change her vote to NO on S.1. (202) 224-4521.
Senator Sinema, a new member of congress, has previously been a supporter of CODEPINK work. In 2003 she protested the Iraq war with us, even dressing in a pink tutu to advocate for peace.
From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the movement to divest from apartheid South Africa, strategic boycott and divestment campaigns are one of the most effective form of nonviolent action. A new day is dawning in Congress with the arrival of bold progressive women of color like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar who are voicing their support for Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. The defenders of the status quo — of occupation, war, and Israeli apartheid — are getting desperate.
Pro-Israel forces in the Senate are moving quickly. As the first Senate bill of 2019, Marco Rubio has introduced a bill that would cement a $3.8 billion yearly in military aid to Israel and establish federal legal protections for states like Texas that punish individuals or business that engage in a boycott of Israeli apartheid.
Follow the instructions below to contact your Senators and urge them not to co-sponsor the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, S. 1.