Dear Elliott, Shabbat Shalom,
I am writing to express my deepest concern and objection to the decision taken by WJC to actively endorse legislation that in its spirit and in its specifics is unconstitutional and an assault on free speech. The call for a legislated ban or boycott of businesses that want to participate in a voluntary boycott of Israel until it ends the occupation and the ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights is hypocritical, and is a blatant effort to silence dissent. You do not even distinguish between boycotting Israel and boycotting settlement enterprises on stolen Palestinian land. As a respected member of the business community for over 40 years, and as owner of a business for over 30 years, I have the right to participate and have my business participate in a nonviolent movement without fear of recrimination from my own government.
It is very disappointing that our local NYS Assembly Member David Buchwald is a co-sponsor of A8220. I am trying to set up a meeting with him. If you are in his district and would be willing to attend this meeting, please let me know. In the meantime, please do be in touch with your state representatives on this free speech matter. The NY State Senate passed a bill last week that will create a blacklist of individuals and institutions that are engaged in a boycott of a U.S. ally. 55 NY state senators voted in favor and 6 senators voted against
These six NYS Senators who voted against are all African American and Latino.
WESPAC Food Justice in partnership with the Westchester County Youth Councils of Family Services of Westchester present:
Herbal Tea Tasting Workshop with Dana Ludmer: Developing our Relationship with Plants and Herbs at this time of Planetary Change and Transformation There is a great practice of sampling tea without knowing what the herb is allowing people to move beyond "this herb is good for this problem" (which is quite allopathic) and start building a relationship with herbs that is more descriptive, personal and experiential. We will engage in conversation about the benefits of plants and how we can nurture them.
Refugees: A Call to Action by the Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley Community
As the tides of refugees from war in the Middle East literally wash ashore in Europe, we are witness to human tragedy of unfathomable proportions. In a world where governments wage wars that result in the displacement of tens of millions of people, we as human beings face a responsibility and a real opportunity to do the right thing. We welcome the tired, the poor the hungry and endangered to our country and community. We cannot be witness and not take action. All around the country, municipalities and local communities are calling for the United States of America to open wide the doors to the refugees, and are ready to welcome refugee families into their communities. We in the Westchester, Rockland and Hudson Valley Community join in the call for action to save and welcome refugees as follows: