Black Friday is almost here; Christmas presents are waiting to be bought, but we
hope you will check your list twice before buying from HP this year.
Consider joining the international boycott HP network, inspired by the Palestinian BDS National Committee
, who are calling for an international week of action against HP over its role in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. The week of action will take place November 25-December 3, which includes the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29.
In Palestine, Hewlett Packard companies provide imaging for Israel’s apartheid checkpoints and ID cards system; enable Israel’s deadly blockade of the Gaza Strip; provide services to illegal Israeli settlements; and manage people for profit in Israeli prisons where torture is systematic. While claiming to uphold values of
social responsibility, HP companies are notorious for involvement in oppressive practices worldwide, like providing technology to enable deportations, mass incarceration, and solitary confinement in the United States. In response to their coroporate policies supporting the illegal occupation, the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA) voted to divest
from Hewlett Packard.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights have launched an international boycott pledge. Click here to sign.
There are actions against HP taking place all across the world. Contact the week of action organizers
for support with organizing an action in your area.
Event organizers suggest the following as ways your group may partake the HP Week of Action!
1 Launch a campaign to get HP de-shelved from a local store.
2 If the store refuses, hold signs and flyer outside to escalate pressure and educate shoppers about HP and Palestine. Or flyer on a busy street during shopping season. Gather local signatures for the soon-to-be-released Boycott HP petition.
3 Organize a mock checkpoint or boycott HP flash mob
4 Go holiday carolling -- with boycott HP lyrics.
5 Hold an informational teach-in about what makes HP an important target.
6 Ask a local community institution or church to pledge to be HP-free
7 Get creative putting Boycott HP stickers in smart places.
8 Host a social media house party; culture-jam HP with your friends on Twitter. Or sign up here to join a social media team
to tweet/post throughout the week!
9 Organize an action outside of one of HP’s offices or tech industry gatherings.
10 Start building a municipal, campus, and faith-based campaign targeting HP.
Now is a great time to start identifying local HP vendors or researching institutional ties -- such as contracts and investments -- between HP and your city, university, or faith community. Together, let’s show HP companies it’s time to live up to their stated principles.
RSVP on facebook
and join us now!
Also, check out these excellent audiovisual resources:
Video: Join the Global Week of Action
Webinar: What Makes HP an important boycott target?
Webinar: How to Build an effective Boycott HP campaign