Over 150 actions in 101 cities in 30 countries on 6 continents!
The international alliance is targeting HP companies because they provide critical information technology (IT) services and infrastructure that facilitates the segregation and oppression of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation, the naval blockade of Gaza, and the suppression of Palestinian human rights. In conjunction with the global week of action organized by the International Boycott HP Network, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Palestinian BDS National Committee have launched a petition drive to collect individual and institutional endorsements supporting the boycott of products and divestment from HP companies
HP companies also provide services and technology for some of the largest illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, and provide services and hardware to the Israeli prison system that incarcerates Palestinian children and hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners. Hewlett-Packard companies supply computers for the Israeli Ministry of Defense and equip the Israeli Navy with hardware and the information technology infrastructure that enables the ongoing naval blockade of the Gaza Strip serving to collectively punish 1.7 million Palestinians confined to the tiny coastal enclave because of their religion and ethnicity.
The Boycott HP Week of Action was a phenomenal success, with creative actions in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Japan, Kenya,Malaysia, Peru, Sudan, and across the Middle East, Europe, and North America! In the U.S. alone, there were 40 actions in more than 30 cities across 16 states! It is extraordinary what we can achieve when we build together, and the victories have already begun:
In Italy, HP was removed from the program of an Italian “Ethics and Social Responsibility in Information Technology” conference following efforts from BDS Italia.
In Derry, Northern Ireland, five councillors gave back their HP equipmentin support of the boycott as part of the week of action.
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The diversity of actions and tactics was stunning…
In Rome, activists dropped a banner near the Colosseum to kick off the week of action that saw 26 actions across Italy.
In the Gibraltar countryside of southern Spain, activists produced their own original boycott HP video.
In Berlin, Germany and Seattle, activists lifted up indigenous resistance from Standing Rock to Palestine. The Northwest BDS Coalition’s mic-check flash mobs offer a fantastic action model.
In Jerusalem, students revealed why they’d been placing stickers on HP equipment saying “When I grow up, I wanna be a checkpoint,” kicking off a campus boycott campaign.
In Philadelphia and Boston, students came together to learn why HP is an important BDS target while in Kuala Lumpur activists held actions at public university libraries.
In Valencia, Spain, students performed a mock checkpoint.
In Khartoum, Sudan, activists held a lively action in a park passing out boycott HP stickers and flyers.
In Osaka, Japan and Los Angeles, organizers erected mock apartheid walls.
In Hamburg, Germany, activists projected a video about HP’s crimes in a spirited protest outside a major electronics store.
In San Francisco, a stone’s throw from HP headquarters, activists projected images of HP’s oppressive activities onto buildings and performed boycott HP street theatre.
In Toledo, OH; New York City and Ithaca, NY; Santa Fe, NM; Asheville, NC; Rome, GA; Doral, FL; Omaha, NE; Pittsburgh, PA; St. Louis, MO;up and down the state of California; and in too many other cities to count, activists sang boycott HP carols, held signs and passed out flyers, educating shoppers and passersby.
Around the world, activists jammed the #HPEDiscover hashtag as British activists engaged HP employees and clients at a trade show starting the same day as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people — just one of more than 40 actions in the UK alone!
And on and on…