Protect our right to free speech, boycot & economic activism - corrections to previous message
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Some of the assembly email addresses were misformatted in the previous message. They have been corrected here:
Protect free speech <https://sac4palestine.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/protect-free-speech-economic-activism-please-help-stop-ab-2844.pdf> & economic activism: Please help stop AB 2844!
CA Assembly bill AB 2844 <http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2844&firstNav=tracking> violates free speech and attacks efforts to end Israel’s occupation, apartheid, and violations of human rights by penalizing companies that are identified as observing a boycott of Israel. Share on facebook.
1) This Wed., April 13, 2016, 9am please attend the Accountability and Administrative Review (AAR) Committee hearing on the bill, State Capitol Room 437. A couple of main speakers will speak against the bill and all others can briefly state their opposition. The more the better to show legislators how many of us care. If AB 2844 passes at this first hearing, it will be considered by the Judiciary Committee April 19. Save the date.
2) Please send two emails now: one to the AAR committee members, ccd to their staff and one to the Judiciary committee members, ccd to their staff. You can just copy and paste emails below. Tell the committee members to vote against AB 2844. Ask them to enter your opposition as part of the public record.
Please bcc: SacReg4PalestinianRights at gmail.com (Note: Assembly member Garcia is on both committees.)
<http://aaar.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff> Accountability and Administrative Review (AAR) Committee
Assemblymember.Garcia at assembly.ca.gov, Assemblymember.Burke at assembly.ca.gov, Assemblymember.Frazier at assembly.ca.gov,Assemblymember.Irwin at assembly.ca.gov, Assemblymember.Medina at assembly.ca.gov, Assemblymember.Rodriguez at assembly.ca.gov, Assemblymember.Lackey at assembly.ca.gov <mailto:assemblymemberlackey at assembly.ca.gov> ; Assemblymember.Brough at assembly.ca.gov, Assemblymember.Gaines at assembly.ca.gov,
CC: AAR Legislative directors and committee secretary:
Ashley.medina@@asm.ca.gov <mailto:ashley.medina at asm.ca.gov> , allison.ruff at asm.ca.gov, robert.simpson at asm.ca.gov, brett.williams at asm.ca.gov, erica.costa at asm.ca.gov, philip.horner at asm.ca.gov, tim.townsend at asm.ca.gov, christina.hulick at asm.ca.gov, danny.martinez at asm.ca.gov; elizabeth.delgado at asm.ca.gov
<http://ajud.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff> Judiciary Committee
Assemblymember.Stone at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Wagner at assembly.ca.gov;
Assemblymember.Alejo at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Chau at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Chiu at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Gallagher at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Garcia at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Holden at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Maienschein at assembly.ca.gov; Assemblymember.Ting at assembly.ca.gov
Cc Judiciary Committee Legislative directors and committee secretary:
arianna.smith at asm.ca.gov; david.scheidt at asm.ca.gov; paco.torres at asm.ca.gov; garret.bazurto at asm.ca.gov; ashley.medina at asm.ca.gov; erin.donnette at asm.ca.gov; katja.townsend at asm.ca.gov; eric.guerra at asm.ca.gov; Irene.ho at asm.ca.gov; nicholas.liedtke at asm.ca.gov; cindy.morante at asm.ca.gov;
Dear Committee members:
I call on you and your committee to oppose AB 2844, an unconstitutional attack on free speech with provisions that would be impossible to implement in any rational manner.
Whether or not one agrees with any particular boycott or divestment campaign aimed at pressing Israel to end its occupation, obey international law and respect Palestinian human rights, participation in such activities, in response to a call from Palestinians using nonviolent methods to secure their freedom, is a legitimate form of expression, protected by the U.S. and state constitutions. The state must not deny financial relationships to people or organizations on account of their political views.
California can lead the way in stopping a wave of such illegal legislation around the country. I look forward to hearing your commitment to oppose AB 2844 or anything like it.
Please register my opposition to AB 2844 as part of the public record.
3) Email your own Assembly member and tell her or him to speak out now against AB 2844. Here are emails for some Sacramento area Assembly members; if yours isn’t on the list or you aren’t sure who it is, click here <http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/> .
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty Assemblymember.McCarty at assembly.ca.gov
Assemblymember Jim Cooper assemblymember.cooper at assembly.ca.gov
Assemblymember Ken Cooley assemblymember.cooley at assembly.ca.gov
Assemblymember Bill Dodd assemblymember.Dodd at assembly.ca.gov
Assemblymember Beth Gaines assemblymember.gaines at assembly.ca.gov (If Gaines is your Assembly member, please call her also, as she is on the AAR Committee (916) 319-2006 <tel:%28916%29%20319-2006>
4) Share the above information! <https://www.facebook.com/events/261306320878201/> Share on facebook.
Remember California Assembly Bills 1551 and 1552? Introduced in January, they would have barred state pension fund investment in and state/local government contracting with companies, churches, unions, etc. that were thought to be engaged in boycott of Israel, in some form.
Many of you helped kill these bills by telling legislators that they were an unconstitutional infringement on political speech, were impossibly vague and had a hidden agenda of legitimizing illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The bills languished in limbo until last week, but after a complex set of parliamentary maneuvers, they have reemerged with a new name and number: AB 2844 <http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2844> . It was hastily assigned to two committees: Accountability and Administrative Review will hear it Wed., April 13. If it passes there, Judiciary will consider it April 19.
AB 2844 is narrower in scope and some ways less extreme (e.g. it applies only to for-profit corporations), but it is still unconstitutionally violates free speech and remains loaded with vagueness and arbitrariness.
Either of these committees can kill AB 2844, and with your encouragement, they will.
Thanks! Together we’ll stop AB 2844.
If you have not already done so, please sign these pettions to support Palestinian rights:
► <http://org.salsalabs.com/o/641/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19467> Tell the IRS to Investigate the Charity Status of the JNF.
► <http://www.codepink.org/protect_pal_human_rights_defenders?utm_campaign=pal_hum_rights&utm_medium=email&utm_source=codepink> Sign the petition: Protect Palestinian human rights defenders.
► <https://actionsprout.io/754F12/initial> Tell Santana not to play in Israel.
More petitions at: www.sacbds.org/petitions
Tuesday, April 12, 2016: National day of Action: <http://www.vtjp.org/icecream/FCD_Alert.html?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Free+Cone+Day+Action+Update+from+...&utm_source=YMLP&utm_term=...jp.org%2Ficecream%2FFCD_Alert.html> Tell Ben & Jerry's to stop selling in Israel's illegal Settlements. Location and time TBA. FMI: SacramentoBDS at gmail.com
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6:30pm, Palestine Awareness Week. <https://www.facebook.com/events/1766166010294259/> Panel on BDS Movement. Wellman 226, UC Davis campus, Davis. FMI: sjpatucd.gmail.com
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6:30pm, Palestine Awareness Week. <https://www.facebook.com/events/1766166010294259/> No Way to Treat a Child. Wellman 226, UC Davis campus, Davis. FMI: sjpatucd.gmail.com
Friday, April 15, 2016, 6pm, Palestine Awareness Week. <https://www.facebook.com/events/1766166010294259/> Palestinian Food Night. Location TBA, UC Davis campus, Davis. FMI: sjpatucd.gmail.com
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4 - 6pm, Vigil for Palestinian Rights. End U.S. aid to Israel. <http://www.aidtoisrael.org/section.php?id=379> & Boycott companies aiding Israel's abuses <http://www.sacbds.org/products> . Sign petitions for Palestinian rights <http://www.sacbds.org/petitions> . 16th & J, Sacramento. 916-448-7157.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 6pm, Benefit Dinner for the needy people of Palestine <https://www.facebook.com/events/194143594276033/> . Guest Speakers: Hussam Ayloush (CAIR Executive Director LA) and Imam Sh. Abdeljalil Mezgouri. Valley Oak Ballroom, Wackford Acquatic Complex, 9014 Bruceville Rd Elk Grove. FMI: hjamali at irusa.org; 916-230-8887
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:30pm Protest Annual Celebrate Israel <http://jewishsac.org/jewishheritagefestival> i Apartheid event, Raley Field, West Sacramento. FMI: SacReg4PalestinianRights at gmail.com
For more Sacramento Area Events on Peace, Justice and the Environment, please see the online community calendar: www.SacPeace.org
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