Boycott Documentary Screening with ACLU & Palestine Legal


Add to My Calendar Monday, December 5, 2022 7:00pm


Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre
1022 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
Boycott - the 2021 Award Winning Documentary. When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across 33 states in America. Boycott traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with accidental plaintiffs at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect our rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech.  Come see the Chicago showing of this award winning documentary and have a chance to ask questions of legal experts following the film.

Vince Warren, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, makes an appearance in the documentary Boycott, screening on December 5, 2022. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jerome McDonnell, MC Former Host of Worldview, WBEZ; Rebecca Glenberg, Senior Supervising Attorney, Illinois ACLU; and Dima Khalidi, Director, Palestine Legal.

Over the past six years, unbeknownst to most Americans, 34 states passed laws intending to silence boycott and other nonviolent measures aimed at pressuring Israel on its human rights record. These dangerous bills remove the legal protection that has been awarded to boycotts for generations, granting governments the power to condition jobs on political viewpoints. As this wave of anti-boycott legislation has swept through the country, so has a counter-wave in defense of freedom of speech. Everyday Americans are challenging these laws for their constitutionality in a nationwide battle likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court. With full access to the plaintiffs and in revelatory moments with elected officials, Boycott chronicles one of the most consequential First Amendment battles of the past few decades and investigates the question – how did we get here?

The screening will be held at Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois.
Registration is required, please RSVP here. Masks will also be required.
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This screening is sponsored by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
Co-Sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Arab-Jewish Partnership, Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, Center for Constitutional Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace - Chicago, Palestine Legal, US Palestinian Community Network

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November 18, 2022