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AOC is now cosponsoring Ilhan Omar’s boycott bill

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A resolution affirming that Americans have the right to participate in the boycott of foreign countries has four new cosponsors, including New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

H.Res.496 was introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) earlier this month. Although the text of the resolution doesn’t mention Israel or Palestine, it’s been interpreted as a response to the growing number of bills that target the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). “We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” she  told the website Al-Monitor, “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez signing onto the legislation, the bill also obtained backing from Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep.  Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA). The bill now has fourteen cosponsors.

Earlier this week the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the BDS movement. Omar and Ocasio-Cortez were 2 of the 17 lawmakers to vote against it and the amount of Representatives cosponsoring Omar’s bill has more than doubled since that vote. Republicans in the House are now pushing for a vote on H.R.336, a bill that would provide legal cover for states that adopt anti-BDS laws.

Last month Ocasio-Cortez became a cosponsor of H.R.2407, a bill that would prohibit U.S. funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.

Michael Arria

Michael Arria is the U.S. correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. Ejosephweixel on July 27, 2019, 2:58 am

    Good going AOC.

  2. CigarGod on July 27, 2019, 9:01 am

    OT, but if you haven’t taken a look at AOC’s twitter feed, you probably don’t have a feel for the hateful mob she deals with.

  3. Elizabeth Block on July 27, 2019, 9:31 am

    I’d like to write to all these members of Congress to thank them – but it’s hard to send them an email unless you’re a constituent! And I doubt that my own congresswoman is likely to join them any time soon.

    BTW: People who oppose what these people are doing should remember not only the South Africa boycotts and the grape boycotts, but the boycott by British women of slave-grown sugar, which helped bring an end to the slave trade.

    • Bumblebye on July 27, 2019, 9:56 am

      To add to your “BTW” – british millworkers refused to work with American slave produced cotton, so committed that they lost children to diseases of malnutrition. There’s a world of difference between exploitative elites and the rest, probably true in most countries.

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