The Massachusetts Against HP campaign calls on the elected officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its municipalities to end contracts with Hewlett-Packard (HP) until the company ends its corporate complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, U.S. deportations, and mass incarceration.
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Why HP?

In 1970, the first successful consumer boycott against South African apartheid began in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Local chemist Caroline Hunter discovered that Polaroid profited from the passbooks that black South Africans were forced to show at checkpoints. She launched a campaign to boycott Polaroid, and by 1977, the company pulled out of South Africa.  Today, we have a chance to resist a modern Polaroid.

HP provides the technology the Israeli military needs to continue its occupation of Palestine and restrict the freedom of Palestinians, including the biometric data used in Israeli checkpoints on Palestinian land. In the US, it operates inmate data systems in prisons and works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to speed up deportations. HP is also one of the world’s top military contractors.

HP holds a multi-million dollar contract with the state of Massachusetts to sell computers, printers, and servers to public institutions in the state.

By ending their contracts with HP, Massachusetts and its voters create an economic incentive for the corporate giant to end its complicity with institutionalized racism and violence.


BACKGROUND:

Jewish Voice for Peace endorses the call from Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) as part of our work for freedom, justice and equality for all people.  We believe that the time-honored, non-violent tools proposed by the BDS call provide powerful opportunities to make that vision real. We join with communities of conscience around the world in supporting Palestinians, who call for BDS until the Israeli government:

  • Ends its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantles the Wall
  • Recognizes the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality
  • Respects, protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

Get involved to learn about our current coalition campaigns to boycott Hewlett-Packard and to stop the Massachusetts-Israel Water Partnership.

Here are some of our past campaign victories…

  • Boycott SodaStream: JVP-Boston worked with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to boycott SodaStream, a home beverage-carbonation machine manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim, built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank.  The Boston campaign gained coverage in national media, helped push Macy’s to remove SodaStream from their shelves, and mobilized over 700 Boston-area residents to ask their local hardware store to join the boycott.  This Fall, the company officially closed their West Bank plant in response to international pressure.
  • TIAA-CREF, Divest: JVP-Boston worked with the national We Divest campaign to compel retirement fund giant TIAA-CREF to drop Caterpillar and Veolia from it’s Social Choice Fund. These actions, by the largest retirement fund in the US, defined profiting from violations of Palestinian rights as outside what it means to be socially responsible. The Boston campaign mobilized hundreds of shareholders, shareholders, professors, students, public health workers and community activists to march on TIAA-CREF demanding they stop investing in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation is irresponsible and unethical. We worked closely with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)Grassroots International, and Students for Justice in Palestine on these actions, including the flash mob performance below:

Get involved today!