• Petitioned Hon. Gale Brewer

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NYC Councilmember
Hon. Gale Brewer
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Sara Gonzalez
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Brad Lander
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Stephen Levin
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Michael Nelson
NYC Councimember
Hon. David Greenfield
NYC Councilmember
Hon. James Oddo
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Domenic Recchia
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Mark Weprin
NYS Assemblymember
Hon. James Brennan
NYS Assemblymember
Hon. Kareem Camara
NYS Assemblymember
Hon. Walter Mosely
NYS Senator
Hon. Kevin Parker
NYS Senator
Hon. Brad Hoylman
NYS Senate
Hon. Dan Squadron
Brooklyn Boro President
Hon. Marty Markowitz
Manhattan Boro President
Hon. Scott Stringer
NYS Assemblymember
Hon. Rhoda Jacobs
NYS Assemblymember
Hon. Joan Millman
NYS Assemblymember
Hon. Deborah Glick
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer
Speaker of the NYC Council
Hon. Christine Quinn
Speaker of the NYC Council
Hon. Christine Quinn
NYC Comptroller
Hon. John Liu
NYC Comptroller
Hon. John Liu
NYC Comptroller
Hon. John Liu
Hon. Bill Thompson
US Senator
Hon. Charles Schumer
NYC Public Advocate
Hon. Bill de Blasio
NYC Elected Officials
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Dan Halloran
NYC Councilmember
Hon. Lew Fidler

New York City elected officials -- Stop the attacks: stand up for free speech, including criticism of Israel.

    1. Brad Taylor
    2. Petition by

      Brad Taylor

      New York, NY

The letter linked below was initially sent to the NYC elected officials who signed statements condemning criticism of Israel and human rights advocates at Brooklyn College, NYC's LGBT Community Center and the Park Slope Food Co-op. We now add our voices as constituents from all NYC communities. 

See the original letter from NYC communities to elected officials.
List of elected officials who joined the attacks on free speech or human rights advocates.

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Excerpt from the
OPEN LETTER TO NEW YORK CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS
March 12, 2012 

...New York City elected officials have recently joined with powerful political forces to become a major player in silencing critics of Israel and advocates of Palestinian human rights. Elected officials have added their names to calls for censorship generated by anti-Arab and anti-Muslim extremists - highly inappropriate bedfellows for representatives of our communities.

In at least three major instances over the last year – the Park Slope Food Co-op’s discussion about holding a vote on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a presentation at Brooklyn College on BDS, and most recently the LGBT Center’s two-year ban on discussion of Palestine – our elected officials have wielded their influence to try to quash discussion with which they didn’t agree. They have written public letters outlining their own political positions, ridiculing or defaming those who disagree, and directly or implicitly threatening to pull public funding from community spaces used as forums for open discussion. Media investigation of these events makes it increasingly clear that electeds’ responses to such calls have been coordinated with promoters of the Israeli state, not with or on behalf of the communities they represent.

In addition to chilling political speech and forcing their communities to defend free speech rights against their assaults, our elected officials’ actions directly contribute to the environment of fear and violence against Arabs, Muslims, immigrants and people of color perceived as non-Jewish and non-Christian. This is an unacceptable situation.

We call on our elected officials to stop attempting to stifle political speech on Israel/Palestine, and instead, to vigorously defend it. Let us be clear: Israel is a state and Zionism an ideology. Jews are a diverse and widespread group of people. Criticizing Israel or Zionism is not anti-Jewish; it is political speech...

We call on our elected officials to transparently identify their interactions with lobby groups and other forces behind their recent efforts to chill such free speech. ...We insist on knowing the full extent to which the JCRC and other forces far beyond our communities have guided our elected officials to chill free speech in a local co-op, a public university, and an LGBT community center.

We call on our elected officials to acknowledge, and renounce, the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry that underlies much of the pressure to hold Israel above criticism....Elected officials cannot ignore the twisted roots of their recent bids to chill speech about Israel.

Finally, we call on our elected officials to stop using their megaphones in the media, and their influence over public funds, to demonize human rights activism. ...[BDS and anti-pinkwashing] movements are internationally recognized human rights campaigns. Regardless of our political positions, we respect human rights advocacy as critical to humanity, and we insist that our elected officials do the same.

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    • Rob Schultz NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • 9 months ago

      There should be a State/Federal referendum on funding the Israeli Government with our tax dollars.

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    • Chris Berg NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Israel is not above criticism and questioning the policies of the current leaders should never be shut down.

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    • Allison Brown BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Elected officials who claim to be progressive have no business pandering to Islamophobes; instead, they should be standing up in support of equal rights and justice for Palestinians. And no elected official, whether progressive or conservative, has any business trying to quash free speech.

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    • A.J. Vild BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      hi, duh, free speech.

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    • Gloria Bletter NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      AIPAC already makes sure that the Israeli government's militancy gets support in the US "free" press. Opposition to that position needs to be declared publicly, as part of a democracy.

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