December 11, 2018
Defend Free Speech
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are non-violent forms of protest protected under the 1st Amendment. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (H.R. 1697) would criminalize some Americans who use BDS as a strategy to shed light on and oppose unjust policies towards Palestinians by Israel. Such individuals would be subject to civil penalties of up to $250,000 and criminal penalties for willful violations of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. The ACLU said this bill would “punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs.” Defend our constitutional right to free speech and vote against H.R. 1697. Plymouth's Peace Action Group urges you to sign the petition (in the Lounge) which will go to our national senators and representatives.
Measure I-1000 would allow the state to remedy discrimination for certain groups and to implement affirmative action, without the use of quotas or preferential treatment (as defined), in public education, employment and contracting. The target for signatures is 360,000, due by the end of the year. I-1000 is supported by former Governors Gregoire, Evans and Locke, Faith Action Network, Church Council of Greater Seattle and Washington State Labor Council. Go to YesOn1000.com for more information, to contribute or volunteer for this campaign. The I-1000 petition is available to sign at Plymouth Sundays through December. —Adele Reynolds, Plymouth Peace Action Group