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ACTION ALERT: Anti-Boycott Resolution to be voted on TODAY! 

3/25/14

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Victory: Update on Illinois Anti-Boycott Resolution

Victory: Update on Illinois Anti-Boycott Resolution

4/11/14

The Illinois Coalition to Protect Academic Freedom and Free Speech of which PSG-Chicago is a member
released this statement on the Coalition’s defeat of both the anti-boycott bill and resolution.
On April 1st, the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Illinois State Senate effectively derailed the efforts of Sen. Ira Silverstein to undermine academic boycotts as a form of protest. The committee cast 3 votes for the resolution, 2 against it, and 5 members recorded their votes as “present.” This means the resolution did not get the required majority to pass in committee, and so it was not passed on to the full State Senate for action.
The fact that Silverstein’s resolution failed meant that it would be virtually impossible for him to secure the passage of a punitive bill that he had previously introduced requiring the state to withhold funding from universities whose professors or students engage in academic boycott – Senate Bill 3017. The deadline

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ACTION ALERT: Anti-Boycott Resolution to be voted on today!

ACTION ALERT: Anti-Boycott Resolution to be voted on today! Your voice needs to be heard!

3/25/14

After the overwhelming opposition to his Bill 3017, Illinois State Sen. Ira Silverstein introduced a resolution (instead of a bill) that will be voted on in the Judiciary Committee today, Tuesday, at 3 PM.

1) We urge you to take a moment this morning to call the members of the Judiciary Committee or the chairman to voice your opposition to this resolution. 

2) We further urge you to fill out a witness slip  between 2 and 3 today.  That had a tremendous impact last time and the way this has been “announced” – we have a small window.

Details on action steps are listed below.

After the overwhelming opposition to his Bill 3017, Illinois State Sen. Ira Silverstein introduced a resolution (instead of a bill) that will be voted on in the Judiciary Committee today. We urge you to take a moment Read More »

Emergency Action Needed TODAY – Illinois Legislature Reassigns Anti-Boycott Bill to New Committee

Emergency Action Needed TODAY as Illinois Legislature Reassigns Anti-Boycott Bill to New Committee

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

After our vigorous call-in campaign March 4th, the Illinois Higher Education Committee postponed action on the anti-boycott bill.  Last Friday, the bill was reassigned to the Judiciary Committee and the bill may be up for discussion as early as this Wednesday, March 19 at 3 p.m.  WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW.
Illinois State Senate Bill 3017 would deny funding to public universities that support faculty members’ participation in professional associations that boycott Israeli academic institutions.  It would, for example, prohibit a faculty member from getting funds to travel to an American Studies Association (ASA) meeting, even if that meeting is unrelated to the boycott, or the professor herself is opposed to the boycott. A college that defies this prohibition would lose all public funds for that academic year. This bill, which was previously assigned to the Higher Education Committee, has been re-assigned to the Judiciary Committee. A hearing of the Judiciary Committee at which

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Action Alert: Keep Up Pressure on Illinois State Legislature to Kill the Anti-Boycott Bill

Bill Did Not Go Forward March 4th – Keep Up Pressure on Illinois State Legislature to Kill the Anti-Boycott Bill

March 12, 2014Illinois State Senate Bill 3017 would deny funding to public universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.  It would, for example, prohibit a faculty member from getting funds to travel to an American Studies Association (ASA) meeting, even if that meeting is unrelated to the boycott, or the professor herself is opposed to the boycott. A college that violates the prohibition would lose all public funds for that academic year. According to the legislation’s sponsor, it was drafted in response to the ASA’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, like similar bills around the country.

IL State Senator Silverstein first introduced the Amended SB 3017 on February 25, 2014. The bill’s original text, which was a placeholder for the amendment with the anti-boycott language, was assigned to the Higher Education Committee and was posted for a hearing on March 4th.  Even though the Amendment to the bill was not posted, the Illinois Coalition to Protect Academic Freedom and Free

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Winning Justice for Palestine & for Rasmea Odeh: Panel & Fundraising Dinner – March 8

Winning Justice for Palestine & for Rasmea Odeh: Panel & Fundraising Dinner 

Saturday March 8 – 4:00PM – 8:00PM

Trinity Episcopal Church 125 East 26th Street, Chicago

The panel will include analyses of the current peace talks from two of the more prominent national Palestinian organizations in the U.S., plus a discussion of the role of the BDS movement in Chicago and around the world.

4:00-6:00PM
Panel on the Middle East Peace Process and the Growth of the BDS Movement

Speakers:
- Rama Kased – National Coordinating Committee Member U.S. Palestinian Community Network – San Fran
- Tarek Khalil – American Muslims for Palestine

6:00PM-8:00PM
International Women’s Day Dinner Honoring Rasmea Yousef Odeh

Rasmea, Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), has made it her life’s work to serve and help empower Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families. She was arrested in October, 2013 by agents from the Department of Homeland Security and indicted in federal court that same … Read More »

Support Rasmea Yousef Odeh – Chicago Palestinian Community Leader

Support Rasmea Yousef Odeh –

Chicago Palestinian Community Leader

Tell U.S. Attorney: Drop the Charges Now!

 

The Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago calls on all Palestine solidarity activists to support Palestinian community leader Rasmea Yousef Odeh who was vindictively arrested at her home on Tuesday morning by the Department of Homeland Security accused of “immigration fraud”. In her application for citizenship, she allegedly didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago by an Israeli military court that routinely detains and tortures Palestinians without charge. The US immigration service has a long history of using immigration forms many years later to deport political activists from many countries including Ireland, Palestine, and Arab and Muslim-majority countries.

 

Her arrest seems closely related to the case of the 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists subpoenaed to a grand jury in 2010. Well-known labor, community and international solidarity activists around the Midwest had their homes raided by the FBI when Read More »

Protest the Annual Friends of the IDF Fundraiser 10/24 5PM

UNFRIEND THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES (IDF)

Thursday 10/24 5-6PM
Chicago Hilton 720 S. Michigan Ave

Come to the Chicago Hilton to protest the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Central Region Annual Fundraiser.

The IDF are the chief enforcement arm of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Their violations of Palestinian human rights are notorious and documented. While Israel shuts down Palestinian and international humanitarian aid organizations, more land and resources are stolen in the West Bank, Gaza continues under siege, and the Israeli Knesset votes to forcibly relocate tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens of Israel from their traditional lands.

The FIDF’s fundraising is tax deductible. While IDF supporters in the US get tax deductions for funding educational, social, and recreational programs and facilities for the IDF, funds for education and social services here in the US are being cut. And the U.S. Congress annually provides over $3 billion in military aid to the IDF.

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PSG-Chicago Supports North American Palestinian Activists in Rejecting the Resumption of Negotiations

8/2/13

PSG-Chicago endorses this statement initiated by Palestinian activists in North America that says NO to the Resumption of Negotiations.

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Palestinians in Shatat Say NO to Resumption of Negotiations

The following statement was initiated by Palestinian activists in North America:

We, the undersigned Palestinians and Palestinian organizations in shatat and exile, write today to express our firm opposition to the resumption of bilateral Israeli/Palestinian negotiations under U.S. auspices in Washington DC, today, July 29.

For twenty years, the negotiations have not served Palestinian interests. Through countless sessions of futile negotiations, Israeli settlement construction has escalated, thousands of Palestinian political prisoners are held behind bars and Palestinian rights – including Palestinian refugees’ right to return – are no closer to implementation. While the Netanyahu government is planning the massive dispossession of Palestinians in the Naqab via the Prawer Plan, the negotiations serve only to provide a thin veneer of legitimacy to the aggressive policies of Israeli occupation and apartheid.

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Chicago Activists Protest the Friends of the IDF Fundraiser.

On June 13, Chicago activists from many organizations including  the Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) – Chicago, US Palestine Community Network (USPCN) -Chicago, and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) -Chicago protested the Friends of the IDF fundraiser called “Boys Night Out: Barbeque and Bourbon” at the Vertigo Sky Lounge (part of the Dana Hotel and Spa). On their website, the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) says “Their Job is to Look after Israel, Our Job is to Look After Them”. Our job is to let them know that foreign occupation armies that oppress the Palestinian people, kill civilians, and torture prisoners are not welcome in Chicago. The FIDF is a “charity” whose fundraising is tax deductible. At the NYC fundraiser in March, the FIDF raised $27 million. So U.S. Zionist supporters get tax deductions for giving money to the Israeli Army’s violations of human rights, while Palestinian humanitarian aid philanthropists here get shut down and indicted, and … Read More »