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CAIR Action Alert: Texas Free Speech Advocates Urged to Attend March 29 Court Hearing on Implementation of State Anti-BDS Act

(AUSTIN, TX, 3/28/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Texas voters who value free speech and the Constitution to attend a Friday, March 29, court hearing on the Texas Anti-BDS Act. #PackTheCourtroom

[NOTE: BDS refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in support of Palestinian human rights.]

CAIR says the hearing is to determine whether implementation of the law designed to restrict the First Amendment right to speak out against the discriminatory policies of a foreign nation – Israel – may be blocked and whether Bahia Amawi may return to her job as a speech pathologist after refusing to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel.

WHEN/WHERE: The hearing will be held in the chambers of Judge Pitman at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 29, in Texas Western District Court, 501 W. 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. NOTE: The courthouse opens at 8 a.m., so please arrive early because seating is limited.

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

In December of last year, 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.

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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