Many of you have responded to previous calls for action on this and other attacks on academic freedom. To defeat this resolution, we need your help now!
Support unconstitutional actions that limit constitutionally protected speech and association (See ACLU opposition to resolution at www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1500)
3) If you have time, call the resolution’s sponsor, Ira Silverstein, who is on the committee.
WE ARE ALSO ASKING YOU TO SIGN AN ONLINE WITNESS SLIP TODAY to oppose its passage in the committee and by the Illinois General Assembly. Already, supporters of Senator Silverstein are mounting their own witness slip campaign in response to the success of our past efforts. It will only take a couple of minutes – but its impact on legislators is major (directions below). IF YOU ALREADY SIGNED A WITNESS SLIP ABOUT THE BILL, THIS IS A NEW PROCESS FOR THE NEW RESOLUTION – PLEASE SIGN THIS AS WELL.
The Illinois Coalition to Protect Academic Freedom and Free Speech was formed in response to anti-boycott legislation introduced in the Illinois State Senate.
The coalition includes CAIR-Chicago as well as the Center for Constitutional Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, American Studies Association, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago, Arab-Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Committee Against Political Repression, Friends of Sabeel: North America, United States Palestinian Community Network, American Friends Service Committee- Chicago, Just Foreign Policy, Defending Dissent Foundation, American Muslims for Palestine, UIC Graduate Employees Organization, IFT-AFT Local 6297, the National Lawyers Guild- Chicago, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Muslim American Society-Public Action and Civic Engagement, and other individuals.