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Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill Affirming the Right to Boycott

HeadlineJul 18, 2019

Congressmember Omar introduced a bill Wednesday that would protect the right of people to use boycotts to effect social change. House Resolution 496 reads, in part, “Boycotts have been effectively used in the United States by advocates for equal rights since the Boston Tea Party and include boycotts led by civil rights activists during the 1950s and 1960s in order to advocate for racial equality, such as the Montgomery bus boycott, and promote workers’ rights, such as the United Farm Workers-led boycott of table grapes.” The bill is co-sponsored by Georgia Congressmember John Lewis and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, another of the four congresswomen cited by Trump in recent racist attacks. This comes as congressmembers of both major parties have pledged support to a nonbinding resolution that would condemn the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions—or BDS—movement against Israel over its human rights abuses and its occupation of Palestinian lands.

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