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. With the election of bold progressive women of color like Rashida Taib and Ilhan Omar who are voicing their support for Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement, a new day is dawning in Congress.
The first bill under consideration by the Republican majority Senate is S.1 — a bill which incorporates language from the Combating BDS Act, an unconstitutional bill which we defeated in the last Congress. The Combating BDS Act calls upon states and cities to enact laws that curtail our constitutional freedoms by denying government contracts to people who boycott for Palestinian rights.
These types of laws have already been ruled unconstitutional by federal judges in Kansas and Arizona in response to lawsuits filed by the ACLU- there are three additional lawsuits currently challenging similar laws in Texas and Maryland.
Even though courts are reaffirming our constitutional right to boycott for Palestinian rights, pro-Israel Senators are still trying to infringe on our right to use our economic power to boycott institutions and corporations that are complicit in Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people.
We need to act quickly to prevent the Senate from sneaking through the Combating BDS Act as part of S.1!
Email Congress now and call Call your Senator and Senator Schumer now via the Capital Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Sample Script: Hi, my name is _____ from [City, State] and I am calling Sen. X to urge them to VOTE NO ON S.1 today. This bill includes the Combating BDS Act, which was defeated in the previous two congressional sessions because it is unconstitutional. It encourages states to pass laws that punish people who boycott for Palestinian rights by denying them government contracts. Federal judges in Kansas and Arizona have ruled these types of laws to be a violation of our First Amendment right to boycott. Please ask the senator to vote no on S.1. Thank you.
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.