Kate Ruane

Kate Ruane is a Senior Legislative Counsel at ACLU.

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Their recent legislative push stands in stark contrast to repeated attempts by other members of Congress to stamp out constitutionally protected boycotts of Israel. (Photo: Erik McGregor) Views
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
With the Right to Boycott Under Attack, Some Members of Congress Are Pushing Back
More than 250 million Americans , some 78 percent of the population, live in states with anti-boycott laws or policies. With the right to boycott under attack across the United States, some members of Congress are pushing back against these dangerous and unrelenting attacks. Last week,...
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More than two dozen states have adopted laws and policies restricting boycotts of Israel in the past four years. (Photo: Sipa USA/AP) Views
Friday, May 10, 2019
Congress, Laws Suppressing Boycotts of Israel Are Unconstitutional. Sincerely, Three Federal Courts.
Congress just got yet another reminder that the First Amendment right to political boycotts is alive and well in the United States, and any legislative attempt to infringe on that right puts them squarely against the Constitution. Last week a federal district court in Texas blocked as...
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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Marco Rubio and His Colleagues Need a Refresher on the First Amendment
This week, amid a partial government shutdown, senators tried to sneak through a bill that would encourage states to suppress constitutionally protected political boycotts of Israel. Ultimately, the Combating BDS Act failed to make it to the Senate floor, largely because enough people exercised...
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The Combating BDS Act would attempt to give legal cover to states that enact laws penalizing businesses and individuals who participate in boycott activities against Israel and Israeli-controlled territories. (Photo: Alex Christy/Flickr) Views
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Instead of Ending the Shutdown, Senators Plan to Encourage Punishment of Israel Boycotts
In the middle of a government shutdown, the Senate leadership’s first order of business in the 116th Congress is not legislation to reopen the government. Instead, and incredibly, the Senate is again trying to slip a measure intended to suppress protected political expression past public scrutiny...
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This is a full-scale attack on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms. (Photo: Paul Zinkin/ Associated Press) Views
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Congress Is Trying to Use the Spending Bill to Criminalize Boycotts of Israel and Other Countries
According to recent reports , congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle are planning to sneak a bill criminalizing politically motivated boycotts of Israel into the end-of-the-year omnibus spending bill. The bill’s original sponsor, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), is pushing Democratic leadership...
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