We want to thank the large number of people who attended the showing of the award-winning documentary Boycott at the Lake Theatre on Dec. 5. Many of you were appalled to learn about legislation, passed by 38 states — including Illinois — intended to silence boycott and other nonviolent measures aimed at pressuring Israel on its human rights record. As the film and discussion make clear, these bills specifically target the growing movement for Palestinian human rights but also threaten the free speech rights of all Americans.

The Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine and other Chicago-area organizations are committed to educating the public about this issue and organizing against this type of legislation in Illinois. We plan to reach out to the community in the new year to discuss further education and action opportunities.

CJPIP Steering Committee, Oak Park

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