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
- Additional documents/resources:
- 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
- Coalition One-Pager
- ACLU-CA memo of opposition, June 2016
- Resources for previous versions of AB 2844
- May 2016
- One-Pager of the amended bill AB 2844 & full legal analysis of the amended bill 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
- April 2016
- Legal analysis and one-pager from Stop AB 2844 Coalition
- 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
- Legal analysis by ACLU-CA
- 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.
- May 2016
The following bills were introduced in Caliornia, but are currently inactive:
- AB 1551 would prohibit California's public pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
- AB 1552 prohibits 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.
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.