San Jose Peace & Justice Center

BDSLike Free Speech?

Think we have a right to criticize governments that violate human rights?

Tell CA State Senate to oppose AB 2844 which:

✔seeks to stop peaceful efforts to end Israel’s violations of international law and human rights, including its home demolitions, occupation, illegal settlements, apartheid laws & extrajudicial killings.
✔threatens to criminalize our right to boycott, a tactic used to help end apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow laws in the South, and to support farmworker rights in California.
✔goes against the 1st Amendment: our right to free speech.
✔will waste our tax dollars by requiring the California Attorney General to investigate bogus claims that boycotts are a "pretext" for unlawful discrimination.
✔would stigmatize and threaten with criminal sanctions those contracting with the state, including companies, churches, nonprofits, and individuals, who choose not to do business with Israel.A

Help Stop AB 2844:
Contact the CA Senate now

Tell our state legislators that our tax dollars should not be used to defend the Israeli government's well documented human rights abuses! Contact the Senate Appropriations Committee to vote no on AB 2844 when it is heard Aug 1, 2016! Call: 916-651-4101 Write:

Two South Bay senators are on the Senate Appropriations Committee! This is a critical opportunity to have our voices count - and our best opportunity to kill this bill! Go to to find your state senator and assembly member. Contact:

Senator Jim Beall - 916-651-4015

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Senator Jerry Hill - 916-651-4013
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Thank South Bay senators who voted NO on the Sen. Judiciary Committee:

Sen. Bob Wieckowski: cc:

Sen. Bill Monning: cc:

For more information or to join a carpool to Sacramento to help pack the hall at the August 1st hearing, contact:


Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speech

 The Times Editorial Board

July 5, 2016

"In recent months, a number of states have passed laws or taken other official actions to punish companies that participate in boycotts against Israel. California soon may do the same. But if it does, it will be making a mistake.

You don't have to support the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to be troubled when state governments in this country penalize American citizens for their political speech. As the Supreme Court has recognized, boycotts are a form of speech, protected under the Constitution."

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