MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Ibraheem Samirah, (202) 492 – 0034, ibraheem.samirah@gmail.com

Statewide Boycott of Hewlett-Packard to Launch in Cambridge, MA

Activists Condemn HP’s Complicity in Racism; Call on Local Governments to End Contracts

WHAT: Massachusetts Against HP (MAHP) is calling for local and state governments to end contracts with Hewlett-Packard until the company agrees to end its corporate complicity in Israeli occupation of Palestine, U.S. deportation of immigrants, and mass incarceration. This launch event brings together activists from multiple movements to demonstrate the growing support for boycott tactics and give the community an opportunity to learn more about the campaign strategy.

WHO: Speakers will include Caroline Hunter, who started the successful boycott of Polaroid due to their complicity in South African apartheid and Tarek Abu-Jbarah of Mass Against HP. This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th at 6 pm.

WHERE: Friends Meeting at Cambridge. 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138.

WHY: The state of Massachusetts spends millions of taxpayer dollars on technology from Hewlett-Packard, a company that profits from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, the racist U.S. prison system, the deportation of U.S. immigrants, the global weapons industry, and the surveillance of global political dissidents. By purchasing products and services from HP, Massachusetts is complicit in violence and racism around the world. The campaign is launching in Cambridge, where, in 1989, the City Council once endorsed a boycott of several companies, including HP, for their complicity in the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. MAHP’s campaign builds on the state’s long history of opposition to racism and oppression.

PHOTO/VIDEO: There will be opportunity to video our panel speakers and interview organizers from MAHP; there will be opportunity to take photographs of attendees, organizers, and speakers at this launch event.

 

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Massachusetts Against Hewlett-Packard is a new campaign with members representing community and human rights groups. Visit website, facebook, or twitter for more information.