FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2016
Contact: Alison Glick, Chairwoman, Freedom2Boycott in Maryland
Freedom2Boycott in Maryland Defeats Anti-BDS Effort in State Assembly
Supporters of free speech, Palestinian human rights prevent bill's introduction
Annapolis, MD (April 26, 2016) — The Freedom2Boycott in Maryland coalition won a significant victory when the 2016 Maryland legislative session ended April 11 with no anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) bill being introduced into the General Assembly.
Before the commencement of the legislative session, the Baltimore Jewish Council — a leading opponent of BDS — identified anti-BDS legislation as “its major policy issue”. However, due to intense opposition from the public and state legislators, this plan was abandoned and no bill was even introduced.
Freedom2Boycott in Maryland Chairwoman Alison Glick said, “Our success shows that Americans understand that an attack on BDS, a nonviolent movement calling for protecting Palestinian human rights and upholding international law, is also an attack on one of the most treasured rights that we have – the right to free speech.”
Former Maryland Delegate and Freedom2Boycott Communications head Saqib Ali commented, “We will remain vigilant and be prepared to fight for free speech and Palestinian human rights in future state legislative sessions. There are signs that Americans are increasingly concerned about the Israeli occupation. This issue has even become a flashpoint in recent presidential debates.”
Freedom2Boycott in Maryland is a coalition of groups and individuals advocating for free speech rights in the State of Maryland in support of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) that promote social justice in Israel/Palestine.
Nearly three dozen Marylanders from across the state participated in our Lobby Night on February 8th. Our message supporting free speech and First Amendment rights was well received by the many representatives and staff we visited. In addition to visiting several Delegates and Senators from both parties, our group was introduced and acknowledged during the House session. Read the details and see the photos from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee newswire.
Freedom2Boycott in Maryland’s Lobby Night in Annapolis
Monday February 8th 5 - 9 pm
Anti-Palestinian politicians are once again trying to pass laws to harm the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) movement. This time they are trying to blacklist companies that engage in BDS from doing business with the Maryland State Government. We need your help to stop them!
How can you help? Come join us for “F2B Lobby Night” at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis on Monday February 8th as we urge our Maryland State legislators not to pass any anti-Palestinian legislation.
What? F2B Lobby Night in Annapolis to oppose anti-Palestinian legislation
When? 5 - 9 pm on Monday February 8, 2016
Where? Lowe House Office Building. 6 Bladen St Annapolis, MD 21401, Room #142
What do I need to bring? Just bring yourself. We will provide all the instructions, materials, refreshments, etc!
RSVP By clicking here (this will also schedule appointments with your legislators): bit.ly/lobby-night
All of our Lobby Night materials are available on our Take Action section of this site.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jodie-Zisow-McClean, Steering Committee Member
House Appropriations Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh opposes anti-BDS Bill
On December 22, 2015 Chairwoman McIntosh released the following statement:
While I understand the concerns of Delegate Hettleman and others, I strongly believe in freedom of speech and would not support this type of legislation on those grounds. I plan to oppose this legislation should it come to the House floor for debate. Similar legislation aimed at the university system came up several years ago, and I opposed anti-BDS then, too.
This development is highly significant because Delegate McIntosh chairs the House Appropriations Committee. This is the committee through which pension-related bills must pass. Her opposition to this type of legislation makes the task of anti-BDS proponents significantly more difficult.
David Bernstein, the President and CEO of Jewish Council For Public Affairs has penned a new article discussing the role of "intersectionality" in the rising popularity of the BDS movement. This is a remarkable article and you should read the whole thing.
But this article is remarkable not for the reason intended by its author.Read more