Today: Stop Anti-BDS Legislation in Illinois House

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Call Your Illinois House Rep: Stop the Politicizing of Our Pension System!

SB 1761, the “State-Prohibited Transactions” bill, passed the House Executive Committee yesterday and the full House may vote on the bill tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. We need you to weigh in!

This bill requires the pension funds, at the expense of public employees and taxpayers, to blacklist and divest from companies that boycott Israel, as well as Iran-restricted and Sudan-restricted companies.

TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP THIS BILL BY CALLING YOUR ILLINOIS STATE REPRESENTATIVE!

If you don’t know what District you are in, use this address lookup here:
http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/addressfinder.aspx

You can find your Representative’s phone number here:
http://www.ilga.gov/house/

Here are some talking points:

· The Illinois legislature should not further burden the beleaguered pension system with politically motivated policies. SB 1761 requires Illinois retirement funds to expend time and money investigating, blacklisting, monitoring and withdrawing funds from such companies. This is being done at a time when Illinois has the lowest credit rating and worst funded pension system among the 50 states.

· SB 1761 forces state pension fund administrators to blacklist companies that boycott Israel or businesses that operate in “territories under the control of Israel.” Illinois should not be shielding Israel from boycotts protesting human rights abuses and settlements, which are illegal under international law in what is considered occupied territory by the U.S. government.