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CAIR Action Alert: Free Speech Advocates Urged to Attend Feb. 27 Legislative Hearing on Texas Anti-BDS Act

(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.

Video: CAIR Attorney Interviewed on MSNBC About Legal Challenge to Texas Anti-BDS Law

https://youtu.be/YY6jmx16M3M  

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 misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105, msheikh@cair.com; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-742-6420, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

 

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