Please send a message now to CA Assembly to stop AB 2844 & protect our right to free speech & economic activism

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Tue Apr 12 10:40:16 PDT 2016

Please click to send a message <>  to the CA Assembly  Accountability and Administrative Review (AAR) Committee to VOTE no on AB 2844.

From: Palestinianrightssacregion at
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2016 
Subject: Protect our right to free speech, boycott & economic activism - corrections to previous message


                  Protect free speech  <> & economic activism: Please help stop AB 2844! 

CA Assembly bill AB 2844 <>  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 (Note: Assembly member Garcia is on both committees.)

 <> Accountability and Administrative Review (AAR) Committee  
Assemblymember.Garcia at, Assemblymember.Burke at, Assemblymember.Frazier at,Assemblymember.Irwin at, Assemblymember.Medina at, Assemblymember.Rodriguez at, Assemblymember.Lackey at <mailto:assemblymemberlackey at> ; Assemblymember.Brough at, Assemblymember.Gaines at, 

CC: AAR Legislative directors and committee secretary: <mailto:ashley.medina at> , allison.ruff at, robert.simpson at, brett.williams at, erica.costa at, philip.horner at, tim.townsend at, christina.hulick at, danny.martinez at; elizabeth.delgado at

 <> Judiciary Committee

Assemblymember.Stone at; Assemblymember.Wagner at;

Assemblymember.Alejo at; Assemblymember.Chau at; Assemblymember.Chiu at; Assemblymember.Gallagher at; Assemblymember.Garcia at; Assemblymember.Holden at; Assemblymember.Maienschein at; Assemblymember.Ting at

Cc Judiciary Committee Legislative directors and committee secretary:
arianna.smith at; david.scheidt at; paco.torres at; garret.bazurto at; ashley.medina at; erin.donnette at; katja.townsend at; eric.guerra at; Irene.ho at; nicholas.liedtke at; cindy.morante at;

Sample message:  
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 <> .
     Assemblymember Kevin McCarty Assemblymember.McCarty at
     Assemblymember Jim Cooper assemblymember.cooper at 
     Assemblymember Ken Cooley assemblymember.cooley at
     Assemblymember Bill Dodd assemblymember.Dodd at
     Assemblymember Beth Gaines assemblymember.gaines at (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!   <> 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 <> . 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.

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