A week ago, we held our first protest at the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholder’s meeting, and it was a spirited success, according to all involved!
At the same time as we were protesting, over 4,200 of you sent emails of concern to the HP Board of Directors. Some of you received bounce messages from Hewlett-Packard. Undeterred, we posted the email address of the Board of Directors, so that you could email them directly despite their filtering. Thanks to all of you who persisted and got through! If you want to write to the Board of Directors, you can still do so. Here’s their address: email@example.com.
During our protest, we used the HP initials in all our signage. Corporations are very conscious of their branding and logos, and don’t want the brand associated with anything negative, so we hope this is an effective theme for our ongoing campaign.
In addition to the signs, we handed out almost 300 flyers calling attention to HP’s role in the Occupation, and the potential consequences to HP shareholders of institutional divestment, such as the United Methodist and Presbyterian churches’ upcoming votes to divest from Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Motorola Solutions because of their role in the Israeli occupation.
Thanks to all who wrote to HP and to all who attended the protest, including folks from the San Jose Peace and Justice Center and the American Friends Service Committee.
Special thanks to Jeff Mendelman of Palo Alto for the HP signage ideas and to Alexei Folger from San Francisco for protest logisitics.
Michael Batchelder, Jewish Voice for Peace
PS. Want to learn more about Hewlett-Packard’s role in the Israeli occupation? Go here.
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