Protect free speech & economic activism: Help stop AB 2844! Latest Alert

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Mon Jun 13 15:46:37 PDT 2016

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Protect free speech  <> & economic activism:  Help stop AB 2844! 
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CA Assembly bill  <> AB 2844 attacks non-violent efforts to end Israel’s violations of international law and human rights including its occupation, illegal settlements, home demolitions, apartheid laws, and extrajudicial killings.

          TAKE ACTION NOW: 
Call or email your CA state Senator and members of the Judiciary Committee – see contact info below.  You can simply state your opposition to AB 2844 or use the talking points below.  

The CA Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the bill on Tuesday, June 28, 1:30pm. Please contact  <mailto:SabeelSacramento at> SabeelSacramento at if you can attend the hearing and/or help with lobbying.

Contact information:

►You can find your State Senator member here:   <>

►Sacramentans:  For those who live in the Sacramento Area, our State Senator is Richard Pan. Email him at  <mailto:senator.Pan at> senator.Pan at or  <> click here to email him through his website. You can also call him at (916) 262-2904   or send a fax (916) 914-2179. Tweet:  <> @DrPanMD

► Members of Senate Judiciary Committee:

Send one message to the Judiciary Committee by cutting and pasting their emails:  <mailto:Senator.Jackson at> Senator.Jackson at;  <mailto:Senator.Moorlach at> Senator.Moorlach at;  <mailto:Senator.Anderson at> Senator.Anderson at;  <mailto:senator.Hertzberg at> senator.Hertzberg at; 
 <mailto:Senator.Leno at> Senator.Leno at;  <mailto:Senator.Monning at> Senator.Monning at;  <mailto:Senator.Wieckowski at> Senator.Wieckowski at

Or contact each Committee member separately:


 <> Hannah-Beth Jackson Chair:  <mailto:Senator.Jackson at> Senator.Jackson at   <> Click to email thru website. Phone: 916-651-4019. Tweet:  <> @SenHannahBeth

 <> John M. W. Moorlach:   <mailto:Senator.Moorlach at> Senator.Moorlach at  <> Click to email thru website.  Phone: 916-651-4037. Fax: 916-651-4937. Tweet  <> @SenatorMoorlach


 <> Joel Anderson:   <mailto:Senator.Anderson at> Senator.Anderson at Click to email thru website <> . Phone: 916-651-4038. Fax 916-691-4938. Tweet:  <> @JoelAndersonCA

 <> Robert M. Hertzberg:   <mailto:senator.Hertzberg at> senator.Hertzberg at Phone:  916 651-4018
Fax:  916-651-4918  <> Click to email thru website. Tweet:  <> @SenateHertzberg

 <> Mark Leno:   <mailto:Senator.Leno at> Senator.Leno at Phone: 916-651-4011. Fax: 916-651-4911.  <> Click to email thru website. Tweet:  <> @MarkLeno

 <> Bill Monning:  <mailto:Senator.Monning at> Senator.Monning at Phone: 916-651-4017. Fax: 916 651-4917.   <> Click to email thru website. Tweet:  <> @billmonning

 <> Bob Wieckowski:  <mailto:Senator.Wieckowski at> Senator.Wieckowski at Phone: 916-651-4010. Fax: 916-651-4910  <> Click to email thru website. Tweet:  <> @BobWieckowskiCA

Sample talking points:

The following points apply to AB 2844 as introduced. The bill was significantly amended by the Assembly Appropriations committee in May, removing the most egregious points. However, the author has stated his intention to reinsert language during the Senate proceedings in a way to accomplish its original intention.  Therefore the following are still of great concern:

● AB 2844 violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

● AB 2844 seeks to penalize companies who choose not to do business with Israel as a means of 
suppressing those who oppose the Israeli government’s well-documented abuses. It would deny businesses the ability to make even economic decisions. In fact, the state of Illinois is now facing possible lawsuits from businesses due to similar legislation it has passed.

● Your state tax dollars should not be used to promote the Israeli government while it is engaged in egregious well-documented violations of human rights and international law. And California legislators need to be on the right side of history and not be bullied by the Israel lobby to defend Israel’s abuses. 

● Boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) are time-honored non-violent tactics that have been used by human rights advocates around the world to help bring about justice, including ending apartheid in South Africa and supporting the civil rights movement in this country. 

● Contrary to the claims of AB 2844’s author, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, the tactics of BDS are NOT being used to “attack Jews” or “destroy the state of Israel” – they are being employed by those supporting Palestinian human rights to end Israel’s abuses.

● AB 2844 is an attempt to silence those many Jews, including Jewish Voice for Peace, and many others who support using BDS as a tool to end Israel’s occupation and other violations of Palestinian rights.


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