The following letter was sent to Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito, New York State Commissioner of the Office of General Services, following 2016 Executive Order 157 of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees is the 501(c)(3) corporation that provides fiscal sponsorship to the Northern California chapter of the International Solidarity Movement, the Free Palestine Movement and other social justice organisations, and it took this action with their full support and encouragement.
June 7, 2016
RoAnn M. Destito, Commissioner
Office of General Services
41st Floor, Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
Dear Commissioner Destito:
In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s 2016 Executive Order No. 157, Directing New York State Agencies and Authorities to Divest Public Funds Supporting BDS Campaign Against Israel, we wish to report and confirm that our corporation boycotts all Israeli products and services, and encourages other institutions, companies and individuals to cease and avoid all economic, academic and cultural activity that supports the racist state of Israel until that state dissolves itself, welcomes all Palestinians to return to their homes, restores all of their property and pays damages for the harm it has done to Palestinians and their property.
Please therefore place the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees, Employer Identification Number 20-5516191, on the Publicly Available List of BDS Assets, as specified in Article II, section A. of Executive Order 157. We note that the law requires you to offer a 90 day waiting period for us to present evidence that our institution does not participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary. We hereby stipulate that we waive this period and do not wish to disprove our participation in BDS activity. Please therefore place the name of our corporation as soon as possible on the list of institutions posted on your website as participating in the BDS Campaign against Israel.
Since Executive Order 157 applies to both parent companies and subsidiaries, please be advised that subsidiaries of the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees include the Free Palestine Movement, the International Solidarity Movement – Northern California, the Syria Solidarity Movement, the International Committee, the Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund, the One State Assembly, the Arab Women’s Progressive League, NoTaxDollarsToIsrael, and the Solidarity Movement for a Free Palestine, all under EIN no. 20-5516191. Please place all of these names on the List of BDS Assets.
Please also confirm receipt and fulfillment of this request.
Paul Larudee, Treasurer