(Update 3/18/16: Colorado Governor Hickenlooper has signed HB 16-1284 into law) HB 16-1284 would require the state pension fund to create a blacklist of for-profit entities that boycott Israel, and would require the pension fund to divest from blacklisted entities and prohibit it from making future investments in blacklisted entities.
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- Bill status (updatd 3/18/16): Governor Hickenlooper has signed HB 16-1284 into law
- Read the bill: HB 16-1284
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.