(AUSTIN, TX, 2/26/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Texas voters who value free speech and the Constitution to attend a Texas House of Representatives Committee on State Affairs public hearing Feb. 27 on amendments to the Texas Anti-BDS Act.
WHEN/WHERE: The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Texas Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas (room E2.014).
NOTE: Texas residents may learn how to testify live on Wednesday at this portal.
In December, CAIR filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the Texas Anti-BDS Act on behalf of Bahia Amawi. Amawi lost her job as a speech language pathologist for Texas schoolchildren because she refused to sign Texas’s mandatory pledge that she does not boycott Israel. Her case has attracted widespread national and international attention.
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In response to that lawsuit, Texas House Representative Phil King introduced legislation to amend the Texas Anti-BDS Act to stop it from applying to individuals like Amawi.
“This measure does not go far enough. Any law that requires a person or company to not boycott a foreign nation as a condition of contracting with Texas violates the First Amendment,” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh.
CAIR is calling on all Texas residents to contact their state representatives and demand the complete repeal of the Anti-BDS Act.
Texas Legislature Online: https://capitol.texas.gov/Resources/contactText.aspx
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, email@example.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-742-6420, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com