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Why 100 Massachusetts Groups Oppose the Anti-Boycott Bill

by JVP Boston
Freedom to Boycott coalition

Despite its progressive-sounding title, 100 organizations in Massachusetts oppose An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts.  Among the reasons for this opposition  are the following: » The bill is unnecessary. S.1689 /H.1685, An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts, purports to combat discrimination.  But Massachusetts already has robust laws to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s race, […]

Media Advisory: Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia

by JVP Boston

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Liza Behrendt, (603) 397-2412, liza@jvp.org HUNDREDS OF BOSTON JEWS TO MARCH IN SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIMS Days before Chanukah, similar protests planned in over 25 cities WHAT: Beginning at 5 PM on Wednesday, hundreds of Jewish Bostonians and allies will march through Downtown Boston to protest Islamophobia and racism. Days before Chanukah, they […]

Celebrating Jewish New Year, Envisioning Radical Jewish Future

by JVP Boston

On Sunday, October 2nd, 40 Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston members gathered on a cold, rainy day in Cambridge to welcome the Jewish New Year of 5777. We adapted traditional rituals to envision a future where the Jewish community has ended its support for racism and violence, from Boston to Palestine. Tashlich is a a Rosh […]

Against the Israel Exception

by JVP Boston
The Palestine Contingent at a mass rally in Ferguson on 11 October. (sarah-ji/Flickr)

The following letter was submitted to the Boston Globe by local activist Eleanor Roffman, in response to an op-ed by Alan Dershowitz. Alan Dershowitz’s August 15, 2016 editorial (“Black Lives Matter must rescind anti-Israel declaration”) raises an important concern for me. I have often wondered over the years when someone criticizes Israel, why they are […]

EMERGENCY ACTION: The right to boycott in MA is under attack TODAY.

by JVP Boston

The Massachusetts Senate will vote TODAY on legislation to penalize supporters of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) strategy for justice, as well as other social movements that employ economic pressure.  This is part of a national right-wing strategy to silence Palestinians and support Israeli policies by limiting our first amendment right to protest; […]

Why I’m with JVP and Against Hate

by JVP Boston
Newton public schools forum

By Mark Golden  . Last month, JVP-Boston released a statement condemning the actions of Islamophobic hate group Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) at a Newton community meeting.  An APT staffer then published an op-ed in the Newton Tab denying our claims and smearing us.  (We won’t link to their op-ed because it promotes hateful […]

May 18, 2016: Mass Against Hewlett-Packard Campaign Launch!

by JVP Boston
boycott hp fbook

Join us to launch our campaign calling on Massachusetts and its municipalities to boycott Hewlett-Packard (HP) until it agrees to end its corporate complicity in Israeli occupation of Palestine, U.S. Deportation of immigrants, and Mass incarceration. We need you to make this campaign a success! . Speakers will include Caroline Hunter, who led the successful boycott […]

Letter of Support for BDS Colombia’s Israeli Apartheid Week

by JVP Boston

Versión española por debajo  . Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists at the University of Bogotá are currently facing a right-wing backlash for their Israeli Apartheid Week, and a Jewish community leader has put pressure on the university director to censor the events. An organizer with BDS Colombia reached out to us, and here is our letter. […]

Palestinian Youth Are Being Systematically Terrorized by Israel

by JVP Boston

JVP-Boston’s own Laure Jappe writes in Muftah: “The TV screen has been smashed with the butt of a gun, but seventeen-year-old Hamza is unwilling to give it up after the many months he saved to purchase it. So the flatscreen stays in his bedroom, awaiting an unlikely repair. The TV is the smallest casualty of […]

Small Victories

by JVP Boston

By Alice Rothchild Re-posted from Mondoweiss Months ago, I was invited by a longtime 87-year-old activist who wanted me to show my documentary film, Voices Across the Divide (www.voicesacrossthedivide.com) at her retirement community in Seattle. She stressed the general excitement she was feeling from other residents as well as folks from the “outside.” People were canceling their […]