AFFIRM the first amendment right to boycott, divest, and sanction

Right to Boycott

 
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Activists in Maryland protesting Rep. John Delaney's support of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

 
 

WHAT'S THE CAMPAIGN ABOUT?

Boycotts are a tried-and-true tactic, in the US and internationally, to achieve social change. But Israel and its supporters are pushing for local and federal legislation to punish and even criminalize our right to boycott for Palestinian rights.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court has specifically held that political boycotts, like boycotts for Palestinian rights, are unquestionably protected under the First Amendment. But that isn't stopping organizations that oppose Palestinian rights from working with local, state, and federal lawmakers in heavy-handed, McCarthyite attempts to shut down supporters of freedom, justice, and equality.

wHAT CAN YOU DO? 

  • Pass a local government/county/state resolution reaffirming that engaging in boycotts are a protected First Amendment right and that boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns should be commended for advancing Palestinian rights. 

Success Stories

MASSACHUSETTS freedom to boycott

In the face of anti-BDS legislation that was plowing forward with bipartisan support, a powerful of coalition JVP Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, and the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine worked together to reverse the political tides, and the right to boycott won the political day. The activists then created a comprehensive manual so that other activists could multiply our collective victories for the right to boycott for freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians.