Tell Sen. Chuck Schumer it’s not a crime to oppose Apartheid!

Did you hear U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is still on board with the Anti-Israel Boycott Act?

This anti-democratic bill that is currently making its way through the halls of the U.S. Congress penalizes individuals and groups that advocate for boycotts of and divestments from companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and operate in Israeli settlements (settlements that are illegal under international law.)

In 2005, Palestinian civil society organizations called for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as forms of non-violent pressure on Israel to comply with international law. The BDS movement was launched by 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, women’s organizations, professional associations, popular resistance committees and others, and is inspired by other successful nonviolent boycotts of the past including the movement to end South African Apartheid. The BDS call seeks to end the occupation of Palestinian lands, dismantle the Apartheid wall, achieve equality under the law for Israel’s Arab-Palestinian citizens and ensure the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land as guaranteed by U.N. Resolution 194.

Because of grassroots pressure, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has already withdrawn her co-sponsorship for the bill, officially known as S.720.

Get this: If the bill becomes law, violators could be subject to a maximum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.* This is a wholesale criminalization of political speech!
* S.720 Sec. 4 amends the definition of criminality as pertains to 50 U.S.C. 1701-sec.586E, the International Emergency Economic Powers act.

Join the Green Party of New York State in demanding Schumer rescind his support for this anti-democratic bill!

Who's signing

Charles Lucas
Peter Louis
Debra Rosario
Joy H Houston
John Whitford
Scott Sassano
Rose Gomez
Irene Diaz-Reyes
William Nogueras
Michael Brush
Abigail Hastings
Sean Declet
Michael Lindsey
Nancy Beers
Mary Jo Robertiello
Marina Shpirt
Debora Dino
Susan Peehl
Antonia Shouse
Jay Lebowitz
Jocelyne jesenof
Erin Hayde
Alan Bare
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  • Charles Lucas
    @RukasuBudoDojo tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-10 21:15:02 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech http://www.gpny.org/petition_bds?recruiter_id=16602
  • Charles Lucas
    signed 2018-10-10 21:06:10 -0400
  • Peter Louis
    signed 2018-05-20 09:58:15 -0400
  • Debra Rosario
    signed 2018-01-16 17:32:18 -0500
  • Joy H Houston
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-25 00:14:51 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech
  • Joy H Houston
    @IAmJoyHabe tweeted link to this page. 2017-10-25 00:14:45 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech http://www.gpny.org/petition_bds?recruiter_id=12544
  • Joy H Houston
    signed 2017-10-25 00:14:24 -0400
  • John Whitford
    signed 2017-10-04 19:18:07 -0400
  • Scott Sassano
    signed 2017-09-22 01:37:31 -0400
  • Rose Gomez
    signed 2017-09-13 07:29:59 -0400
  • Irene Diaz-Reyes
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-06 13:21:07 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech
  • Irene Diaz-Reyes
    @IreneDiazReyes tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-06 13:21:01 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech http://www.gpny.org/petition_bds?recruiter_id=11785
  • Irene Diaz-Reyes
    signed 2017-09-06 13:20:14 -0400
  • William Nogueras
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-13 08:58:58 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech
  • William Nogueras
    signed 2017-08-13 08:58:44 -0400
  • Michael Brush
    signed 2017-08-12 18:14:33 -0400
  • Abigail Hastings
    signed 2017-08-08 13:28:45 -0400
  • Sean Declet
    signed 2017-08-06 16:21:39 -0400
  • Michael Lindsey
    signed 2017-08-05 11:29:58 -0400
  • Nancy Beers
    signed 2017-08-05 10:06:53 -0400
  • Mary Jo Robertiello
    signed 2017-08-04 15:21:47 -0400
  • Marina Shpirt
    signed 2017-08-04 14:00:22 -0400
  • Debora Dino
    signed 2017-08-04 13:43:38 -0400
  • Susan Peehl
    signed 2017-08-04 13:36:14 -0400
  • Antonia Shouse
    signed 2017-08-04 12:56:16 -0400
  • Jay Lebowitz
    signed 2017-08-04 12:45:54 -0400
  • Jocelyne jesenof
    signed 2017-08-04 12:15:37 -0400
  • Erin Hayde
    signed 2017-08-04 11:45:35 -0400
  • Alan Bare
    signed 2017-08-04 11:32:26 -0400
  • Barbara Trypaluk
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-04 11:30:27 -0400
    Sign the petition: Support BDS and Free Speech