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?
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