The Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild signed on to two letters this week.
The first was sent to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, asking him to rescind the executive order he signed on October 23, which requires business entities to certify that they do not boycott Israel in order to receive a state contract. The Maryland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, along with the other co-signers of the letter, pointed out that boycotts are forms of political expression which are protected by the First Amendment, and that it is illegal for governments to coerce businesses or individuals from engaging in boycotts. The full letter can be read here; and here is an interview with the Director of Palestine Legal on the Real News, putting the anti-BDS executive order in a broader context.
The second letter which the Maryland NLG signed onto this week supports House Resolution 81 calling for debate in the U.S. Congress to end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war. The text of the letter and more background can be found here.