On Sunday, February 25, 2018, Democrats voted to oppose federal anti-BDS laws at their annual conference.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 2844 into law. Click here for an FAQ on AB 2844.
Since it was first introduced, AB 2844 was re-written several times. In its final version, it will require certain state contractors to certify, under penalty of perjury, that they are in compliance with pre-existing California anti-discrimination laws and that any policy they have against a nation or peoples is not used to discriminate in violation of those anti-discrimination laws.
Below are links to articles and resources on AB 2844, including a number of memos, action alerts, and advocacy material prepared by the Coalition to Stop AB 2844 and/or individual organizations:
Click here to read AB 2844.
Palestine Legal/CCR FAQ on AB 2844
Coalition Press Release: Gov. Brown Ignores Civil Rights Concerns, Signs AB 2844, Sept. 26, 2016
Coalition to Stop AB 2844 -- list of endorsing organizations (updated July 2016)
LA Times Editorial: Boycotts of Israel are a Protected Form of Free Speech, July 5, 2016
Palestine Legal, CCR, and NLG letter to Gov. Brown requesting a veto of AB 2844, Sept. 23, 2016
ACLU of CA letter to Gov. Brown requesting a veto of AB 2844, Sept. 16, 2016
Coalition memo to Governor Brown: Six reasons why you should veto AB 2844, Sept. 6, 2016
Coalition FAQ for Governor Brown
Resources/Memos on current bill AB 2844 (updated Aug 4, 2016):
Coalition letter to Department of Finance regarding cost of amended AB 2844, Sept. 2016
Coalition Memo: Some Final Words, August 2016
Summary of opposition to AB 2844, August 2016
Coalition Senate Floor Alert, August 2016
Coalition Senate Floor Alert addendum, August 2016
Coalition Assembly Floor Alert, August 2016
Coalition Memo against AB 2844, submitted to Senate Appropriations Committee, July 2016
Coalition Memo against AB 2844, submitted to Senate Judiciary Committee, June 22, 2016
Coalition Memo against AB 2844, submitted to Senate Judiciary Committee, June 19, 2016
ACLU-CA memo of opposition, June 2016
Resources for previous versions of AB 2844
The above documents were drafted in response to amendments made on April 26, 2016. Click here to read the amended bill as of April 26, 2016
Memo to Assembly Judiciary Committee from Stop AB 2844 Coalition
Legal analysis of AB 2844 by the California Assembly Judiciary Committee
Legal analysis of AB 2844 by Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The above documents were drafted in response to the original version of the bill, AB 2844. Click here to read the original version of AB 2844.
The California Senate has passed two resolutions promote re-definitions of antisemitism that encompass criticism of Israeli policy.
The following bills were introduced in California, but failed to pass:
AB 1551 would have prohibited California's public pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
AB 1552 would have prohibited the state of California from doing business with contractors that are engaged in boycotts based on race, color, religion, gender, or nationality. AB 1552 is an anti-discrimination measure that does not mention BDS or Israel. Though it has been characterized as an anti-BDS bill, it is our position that it does not affect BDS, since BDS is not motivated by "nationality" or "religion" but by the policies of the state of Israel.
The Los Angeles City Council has introduced several resolutions condemning boycotts for Palestinian rights and threatening the free speech rights of students who speak out for Palestine.
These bills are the result of a campaign to suppress Palestine human rights activism in the U.S. Israel's interest in restricting this activism should not override our constitutional right to advocate for change.
The good news is that your right to engage in boycotts related to Israeli human rights abuses and to advocate for BDS is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. None of the bills and resolutions described here prohibit you from engaging in BDS activities.
Whatever your views on Israel and Palestine, these bills should be of concern because they threaten the rights of everyone in the U.S. to take collective action to address injustice. Moreover, we should all be alarmed that a foreign government, Israel, is lobbying U.S. politicians to restrict our rights.