Apr 18, 2013

Take Action Now to Overturn Berkeley Divestment Bill - ACT AND PASS ALONG


JCRC Action Alert: 
Email UC Berkeley Student Body President to Veto Anti-Israel Bill ! 
Early this morning the Associated Students (ASUC) at UC Berkeley passed SB160 calling on the ASUC and the UC Regents to divest from three companies doing business with Israel. We are proud of the dozens of pro-Israel students, Jewish faculty members and Hillel for their tremendous efforts that fell just short.
The President of the UC Berkeley Student Body has until Wednesday, April 24 to veto this one-sided and harmful bill. 
What can YOU do?
Email President Connor Landgraf TODAY calling on him to veto the bill. We only have a small window of opportunity to urge him to veto the bill, so now is the time to act and spread the word - we cannot be complacent!
Here's how you can make your voice heard:

In the subject line, write: VETO SB160

We have also created a sample email text for you to paste into the body of the letter (see below). However, we encourage you to personalize your letter and speak from the heart, and let President Landgraf know that the passage of Bill SB160 is alienating and hateful. Feel free to share any personal connection you may have to Cal, the Jewish community and Israel. Please refrain from using any incendiary or offensive language that may detract from this important cause.

Sample Email Text:

Dear President Landgraf

I am writing to you today to encourage you to veto SB160.  This is a one sided and biased bill that is already being co-opted by the international BDS movement, whose sole aim is to delegitimize the state of Israel.  Your leadership and clear thinking is crucial at this critical time. 

Stand up for human rights for all the citizens of the world.  It is clear that this bill is using the guise of human rights to unfairly assign blame and tarnish the reputation of Israel, a world-leader in technology and innovation.

Veto SB160.

Thank you for your consideration.  
Your Name (and if a Cal alumnus, your year of graduation)    

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