New Castle County Pension Board Votes Not to Support Anti-Boycott Bill, Thanks to You!
Friday, November 20, 2015
Your Activism Is Working, But We’re Not Done Yet
Dear Petition Supporter,
We have some exciting news to share with you. On Wednesday, the New Castle County pension board voted not to support an ordinance to divest from corporations that support boycott or divestment against Israel or corporations located in Israel’s illegal settlements.
This is a major victory made possible by you, one of more than 100 New Castle County residents who signed our petition telling the county to oppose the ordinance and not protect Israeli settlements.
More than one dozen members of Delaware Neighbors Against the Occupation attended the pension board hearing and spoke at public comment in opposition to the ordinance.
We also received invaluable help from Councilman Penrose Hollins, who not only spoke against the ordinance, but made a vital contribution by ensuring the process followed the rules of the county code.
By the way, Mr. Hollins was the second elected official in the United States to pass legislation boycotting apartheid South Africa.
Together we convinced the pension board not to support this ordinance. But our effort to defeat this legislation is not yet over. Although the pension board failed to pass it, the County Council can still pass the ordinance with a supermajority vote.
This won’t happen until December 8 at the earliest. If and when this ordinance does come up for a vote at the County Council, we’ll let you know right away and we’ll ask for your help again in mobilizing to defeat it once more.
In the meantime, let’s savor our victory. Thanks for helping to make it possible!
Delaware Neighbors Against the Occupation