Hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, friends, food (and football, to continue to the alliteration!) Thanksgiving is one of those times that reminds me of my roots – how I am not truly American like my peers – and also of family gatherings back at home and how valuable those are in my life. At the same time, this break didn’t stop activists around the US, and around the world, from continuing to gather together in solidarity and focus on next steps moving forward!
As an example, this coming week there is a large protest of HP products, and the BDS movement is pushing to have it go global. Hewlitt-Packard, a company well-known for its many electronic products and IT systems, has been a target of the BDS movement for years. According to the Facebook event for the boycott, “in Palestine, Hewlett Packard companies provide imaging for Israel’s apartheid checkpoints and ID cards system; enable Israel’s deadly blockade of the Gaza Strip; provide services to illegal Israeli settlements; and manage people for profit in Israeli prisons where torture is systematic. While claiming to uphold values of social responsibility, HP companies are notorious for involvement in oppressive practices worldwide, like providing technology to enable deportations, mass incarceration, and solitary confinement in the United States.”
The Facebook event, in addition to many articles from the BDS movement and other sources, outline a list of many ways to participate in the boycott and take action – no matter the location or how much time, money or manpower one has available.
This boycott is not alone! This week alone, there are a number of protests taking place, both connected to Palestinian rights and not, to check out! Here is a great short article proving the point: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/11/tis-season-boycott/ This year, the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People takes place on November 29 – what better time for these boycotts and protests to take place!
There are a number of articles discussing the call to action:
From the BDS movement itself (with a short, helpful video): https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp/week-of-action
Electronic Intifada overview of the HP Boycott in history: https://electronicintifada.net/content/palestine-solidarity-campaigners-target-hp/18236
The Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/112884545846474/