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Today, Representatives Ilhan Omar, John Lewis, and Rashida Tlaib introduced H.Res.496 which affirms the First Amendment right of all Americans to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, and that includes advocacy for Palestinian human rights. The Resolution charts the long and proud history of boycotts in U.S., from the Boston Tea Party to opposing apartheid in South Africa, and includes the instrumental Civil Rights Era boycotts which were planned in part by Representative Lewis himself. It not only affirms our right to boycott, but also opposes efforts to limits the right to boycott and urges governments and civil rights leaders to oppose anti-boycott legislation. Full story

21 July