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START YOUR OWN BALLOT QUESTION

Step 1: Read about our Massachusetts Campaigns (Below)
Step 2: Send US your address so we can send you materials
Step 3: Research ballot rules in your own muncipality, or State Rep District, or County
Step 4: Invite an SDP Person to attend one of your meetings either in person or by phone

What Happened in Massachusetts:

Nov. 5th, 2008: Somerville and Cambridge Massachusetts

Americans Voted 62% For Equal Rights for Palestinians and Against Jewish State Discrimination

The final numbers are in. The Somerville Divestment Project is pleased to report that question 4 won handily in Somerville with a decisive margin (see below) despite the opposition of the Somerville mayor, the major newspapers and all of the local elected officials in Somerville, and a vigorous attempt to block the question by the pro-apartheid side's lawyer this past September. Cambridge also voted in favor. Question 4 called for supporting the right of "all people, including non-Jewish Palestinian citizens of Israel, to live free from laws that give more rights to people of one religion than another."

Somerville 62% YES
YES: 9100 NO: 5542
Cambridge 73% YES
YES: 9637 NO: 3650

SDP Press Statement (pdf)

This follows our effort in 2006 when 45% supported the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees, despite active opposition from both Gubernatorial candidates, the local Congressman, and the Mayor !

Our group, the Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) believes in citizen-to-citizen grassroots education and action about the core issuesinvolving Palestine (the Right of Return to reverse the ethnic cleansing that occurred in 1948 and Equality to end the apartheid that has since developed in all areas of the historic Palestine including Israel).

If you know of people who might be interested in doing a similar ballot initiative effort in their area, or any other part of the U.S., then please let them know of our work and we will send them a packet of materials. We are in the process of developing a national network of people who believe in grassroots citizen action for justice.

Website: www.divestmentproject.com   -   Email: divestmentproject@yahoo.com   -   Phone 617 230-2835

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