UMKR Calls for HP Boycott
United Methodists for Kairos Response calls upon all United Methodist laity and clergy to boycott HP products until HP companies cease to enable and profit from Israel's violations of human rights and international law.
See more information below about the international boycott of HP products.
For decades, The United Methodist Church has opposed the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and the multi-faceted violations of Palestinians' rights that occupation incurs. In 2012, the church called on all companies to cease profiting from and supporting the occupation. (See Resolution #6111: Opposition to Israeli Settlements.)
For many years, an ecumenical group of church leaders engaged in corporate advocacy with HP. (See the history of engagement.) Yet today, HP technology and services are still a key part of the Israeli occupation regime over the West Bank and Gaza.
UMKR also calls for United Methodist congregations to join the HP-Free Churches Campaign, brought to us by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).
See the list of current HP-Free Churches, including 8 United Methodists congregations!
THE HP BOYCOTT
UMKR has prepared two HP-focused resolutions for use by United Methodists in 2017. See and download the resolutions here.
UMKR has sent letters to HP companies regarding their involvement in Israel's systemic human rights violations and UMKR's call for boycotting HP products. See the letters here.
Sign the International Pledge, for individuals
Join people around the world in signing the pledge:
see it below and sign it here.
"We call on Hewlett Packard companies -- including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and all spin-offs -- to end all participation in the brutal oppression of the Palestinian people and other targeted communities worldwide. We pledge not to purchase products -- including printers, computers, and ink -- from complicit HP companies, and we call on retailers, universities, schools, faith communities, investment funds, municipalities, governments, trade unions, and other institutions to boycott and divest from HP companies until they cancel all contracts that supply Israel with technology, equipment, and information used in its ongoing violations of Palestinian rights and international law."
Quick Facts Sheet and Q & A
Download a 2-sided flyer about the HP Boycott or the
Q&A (4 pages) that supports UMKR's 2017resolution for the
boycott. Use them to show others why thousands of United
Methodists and millionsaround the world are joining the HP
Use "This is My Last HP" Labels
Do you have an HP device now? You don't have to throw it out to
support the boycott! Put a label over the HP logo that reminds you and tells others about your support for the boycott. And when it is time to replace it, if the boycott is still going, avoid HP products. See below: we have sheets of labels you can print, in three sizes that are easy to find in local office supply stores or online.
Give out free labels along with our Quick Facts sheet, in your church, at your annual conference, and at other events.
If you just want just one label for yourself, you don't have to buy adhesive labels. You can print a label on plain paper (choose whichever of the 3 sizes you prefer), cut it out, and tape or glue it to your HP device!
One page of 2' x 4" labels, 10 on a page - download it
One page of 3 1/3" x 4" labels, 6 on a page - download it
One page of 3 1/2" x 5" labels, 4 on a page - download it
A single 2" x 4" label - download it
A single 3 1/3 x 4" label - download it
A single 3 1/2 x 5" label - download it
Watch this short video about the HP Boycott and share it with others!
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A Growing Campaign
More than 1.8 million people have signed a petition calling on HP to end
its role in Israeli apartheid and settler colonialism.
In 2014, 1,000 activists with the Boston for Palestine coalition marched on an HP conference.
More than a dozen student governments in the US have called on their university to divest from HP.
There is active campaigning on HP across the US,
as well as in the UK and Italy.
The International Week of Action
Nov. 25 (Black Friday) – Dec. 3, 2016:
Over 150 actions in 101 cities in 30 countries
on 6 continents
Read the report of US Campaign for Palestinian Rights about of the International Week of Action .
See the photo gallery of HP Boycott actions around the world during the Week of Action.
Church Divestment from HP
In the last few years, 10 United Methodist Annual Conferences have voted for the denomination to divest from HP and several have divested the annual conference's investments in HP.
In 2016, Wespath, the investment arm of the United
Methodist Church, created the Equity Social Values Plus Fund
(ESVPF) which excludes the companies that United Methodist justice advocates have focused on for divestment from the Israeli occupation: HP, Caterpillar, and Motorola Solutions. (See the long history of Corporate Engagement with these companies that preceded the call for divestment.)
Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the investment firm that serves over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States, divested from HP in 2012.
The Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) voted to divest from HP in 2014.
The United Church of Christ (US) voted to divest from HP in 2015.
UMKR Calls for HP Boycott
ON THIS PAGE:
• Introduction: UMKR Calls for HP Boycott
• The HP Boycott: How you and your church or conference can participate
» UMKR resolutions for church bodies; letters to HP executives
» Sign the International Pledge
» Quick Facts Sheet and Q&A; "This is my last HP" stickers
» FOSNA's HP-Free Churches Campaign
• A Growing Campaign - the broad international campaign and church divestment from HP
To learn more about the role of HP technology and services in Israeli's oppression of Palestinians, visit this page: Why Boycott HP?
HP-Free Churches Campaign
Ask your church to pledge to be an HP-Free Church
Learn more about the campaign at FOSNA's website
Your church isn't ready for that?
Hold an informational teach-in!
At that same page find the PREZI presentation FOSNA has
prepared to explain why boycotting HP is essential to justice
and to the values held by Christian communities.
Download the Notes for it.
At the end of that page, see also the list of Additional Resources.
See more HP Boycott ideas from the BDS National Committee:https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp/week-of-action
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