Right to Boycott

January 24, 2017

BORDC/DDF Joins With Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in Sending Letter to Maryland General Assembly About Proposed Anti-Free Speech, Anti-BDS Bill

BORDC/DDF has fought similar anti-BDS legislation in a number of states, including on two previous occasions in Maryland. Both times in Maryland we joined with grassroots coalitions and successfully managed to defeat the unconstitutional, anti-free speech BDS bills.
December 29, 2016
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Standing up to Threats Against Palestinian Human Rights Advocacy: Year in Review

As a domestic civil liberties organization, we don’t take a position on the Middle East conflict, but when we see a systematic effort to crack down on a social movement, we fight back. As such, we have long been involved in opposing attempts to shut down Palestinian human rights advocacy. In 2016, we saw a record number of threats to Palestinian human rights advocacy domestically in the United States and a record level of involvement on our part.
December 6, 2016
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Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Silencing Pro-Palestinian Activism on Campuses

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is an attempt to use real fears about a political climate in which white supremacy is increasingly becoming normalized and made mainstream to enact a longstanding political project aimed at censoring and restricting speech about Israeli policies. As such, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act must be rejected.
August 31, 2016
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Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk in California that Chills Speech

We've reported on many bills across the country aimed at deterring individuals from engaging in Constitutionally protected political speech about Israel’s human rights policies. Now: the long and windy saga of California’s own such bill, which is on its way to the Governor's desk and could become law at any minute.
August 19, 2016
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“First as Tragedy, Then As Farce” Donald Trump’s Plan to Police Political Views of Immigrants Hardly Original

Trump’s vitriolic anti-immigrant, anti-civil libertarian, and openly racist policies have elicited a wave of condemnations. However, as many have pointed out, some of those most quickly running to condemn him are themselves the architects of policies that have been largely racist and anti-civil libertarian.
June 7, 2016

Help Make Cuomo’s “First in the Nation” Anti- Free Speech Order The Last

Did you hear the news? Governor Andrew Cuomo is bragging about his “first in the nation” executive order aimed at  political speech he dislikes. We want to help Cuomo have the distinction of his unconstitutional order not only being the
June 6, 2016
NY Gov. Cuomo Announcing Executive Order 157

New York Governor Signs Unconstitutional Executive Order

On Sunday June 5 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to penalize those who engage in political expression he doesn’t approve of. This move is unquestionably unconstitutional and was met with near instantaneous outcry from the civil
May 20, 2016

Ohio: Your Right to Boycott is Under Attack

The First Amendment says you have the right to engage in an “expression of protest against the policies” of a foreign government, yet the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee just voted in favor of HB 476, which runs in flagrant
May 5, 2016
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The Effort to Silence A Movement

BORDC/DDF Vice President Fadi Saba joins Other Voices, to talk about the way Congress and state legislatures around the country are trying to silence the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
April 25, 2016
California Capitol Building

Supporters of Bill to Deny Contracts to California Businesses that Support BDS Spend Hearing Decrying Campus Activism

On April 19, 2016 The California State Assembly Committee on Judiciary considered and ultimately passed an amended version of the “Combating Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions Act.”
March 16, 2016
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61 Groups Defend Right to Boycott in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Freedom to Boycott Coalition hand delivered an open letter yesterday to each member of the state's House of Representatives.
February 10, 2016

Marylanders Travel Across State to Advocate for Free Speech

On Monday February 8, 2016, as the evening session commenced for the Maryland House of Delegates, it began with Delegates making announcements and welcoming special guests. Part way through this, Del. Jill Carter asked the gathered legislators to welcome “activists
February 4, 2016
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What’s Up With Anti-BDS Legislation?

In the past several months, numerous state legislatures have considered legislation and resolutions targeting the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which advocates for Palestinian human rights. There are also reports that other legislatures may be considering similar resolutions. So far
January 28, 2016
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New York Anti-BDS Bill Would Limit Freedom of Speech for Any Critics of US Allies

In an attempt to silence the growing social movement that seeks to use Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) to protest Israeli violations of Palestine human rights, the New York State Senate has passed a sweeping bill that would insulate “US allies” from boycotts. To avoid being criticized for singling out one viewpoint for censure, the bill prohibits the state from doing business with any people or companies that are boycotting any of approximately 52 “US allies”. As a result, a number of social movements could be ensnared in the New York State Legislature’s political repression.
January 26, 2016
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Action Alert: Protect Free Speech in New York State!

Do New Yorkers have a right to disagree with U.S. foreign policy? Should they be allowed to participate in the boycott of Canada over the clubbing of seals? What about the boycott of Japan over whaling? Or the boycott of