Federal court blocks law aimed to criminalize boycotting Israel in this State..

PHOENIX — A federal court today blocked an Arizona law that requires state contractors to certify that they will not boycott Israel, finding that the law likely violates state contractors’ free speech rights under the First Amendment. “A restriction of one’s ability to participate in collective calls to oppose Israel unquestionably burdens the protected expression … Continue reading Federal court blocks law aimed to criminalize boycotting Israel in this State..

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Arab Americans had their most exciting Democratic Party convention

The Arab American Caucus played an important role in the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego, which took place on February 23-25 with many members of the caucus taking leadership roles in several committees, caucuses, and the Party’s Executive Board, and plenty of them running for local, state and federal office. This convention marked … Continue reading Arab Americans had their most exciting Democratic Party convention

California Democrats vote to oppose bills penalizing boycotts of Israel, endorse bill to protect Palestinian children from arrest and torture

The Progressive, Arab American, and Veterans caucuses issued the following press release today: On Sunday, Feb. 25, at their annual convention in San Diego, California Democrats approved a set of positions on opening legislation that include opposition to S 720/HR 1697, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a federal bill that would impose draconian penalties for boycotts … Continue reading California Democrats vote to oppose bills penalizing boycotts of Israel, endorse bill to protect Palestinian children from arrest and torture

In Massachusetts, a Victory for the Right to Boycott

Defenders of free speech and Palestinian human rights won a victory in the Massachusetts legislature on Thursday, February 8, when a key committee refused to advance a bill that would have prevented the state government from signing contracts with those who support an economic boycott of Israel. The legislature’s Joint State Administration and Regulatory Oversight … Continue reading In Massachusetts, a Victory for the Right to Boycott

Lawsuit challenges Arizona anti-boycott law

Today, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit arguing that an Arizona anti-boycott law violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Mikkel Jordhal, a lawyer whose solely-owned law firm contracts with the state to represent indigent inmates. In order to contract with the state, Jordhal was required to certify that his law firm did … Continue reading Lawsuit challenges Arizona anti-boycott law

Lawsuit challenges unconstitutional anti-BDS bill in Kansas

Today, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging an anti-BDS law in Kansas. The Kansas law requires prospective state contractors to certify that they do not support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns for Palestinian rights. The lawsuit challenges the Kansas law on First Amendment grounds, arguing that political boycotts, like boycotts for Palestinian rights, are protected by … Continue reading Lawsuit challenges unconstitutional anti-BDS bill in Kansas

Why I am not voting for Bauman for CDP Chair

I received messages from Eric Bauman's campaign for the California Democratic Party chair race asking whether I'd support him this weekend. While Eric's positions on most issues are commendable, his stance on BDS is troubling.   Eric attended the Arab American Caucus meeting in Long Beach last year when one of the issues addressed was … Continue reading Why I am not voting for Bauman for CDP Chair