For the third time in four years, the Maryland General Assembly is considering an anti-free speech, anti-boycott bill specifically designed to silence supporters of Palestinian human rights. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation worked with grassroots partner Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition and other local groups to fight back against the bill.
BORDC/DDF Joins Palestine Legal, Center for Constitutional Rights in Opposing Unconstitutional Bill in Virginia
On Friday, Palestine Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation sent a memo to Virginia state lawmakers demanding that they oppose HB 2261, an unconstitutional bill aimed at suppressing Palestinian human rights advocacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.