Hearing on Divestment from Nuclear Weapons and Saudi Arms Sales
November 18 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
The state legislature’s Committee on Public Service will hear testimony on two bills submitted by the Massachusetts Peace and Justice Network as part of the Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda: Nuclear Weapons Divestment and Divest from the Yemen War/Raytheon.
The hearing will start at 11:00 am in the State House’s Gardner Auditorium. Supporters of Divest from the Yemen War/ Raytheon Antiwar Campaign will rally at 9:30 on the State House steps.
Come to the hearing to testify for the bill, or to listen and support those who are testifying. Let us know you plan to testify, to get involved in planning, or to request or offer a ride. Sign up online, or contact the Mass. Peace Action office (617-354-2169, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Testimony is limited to 3 minutes; you can use charts or posters, but no electronic media. You can submit longer written testimony. You will have to sign up on the day, and while people are typically called in the order they signed up, we will give the committee the names of those who sign up with us in an effort to help them prepare.
Nuclear Weapons Divestment
This act would divest state pension funds from corporations involved in the manufacture or maintenance of nuclear weapons.
Divest from the Yemen War/Raytheon
AN ACT RELATIVE TO PENSION DIVESTMENT FROM COMPANIES SELLING WEAPONS TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA H.2349
This act divests state pension funds from companies selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Read the Bill Text H2349
Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham and has manufacturing plants and other major facilities in Burlington, Andover, Cambridge, Woburn, Tewksbury, Billerica, Marlborough and Northborough. Its weapons, technology, deepening relationship with the brutal Saudi regime and influence in the U.S. government have helped make war crimes possible in Yemen. The war in Yemen lays at our doorstep here in Massachusetts. More information here!
Committee: Joint Committee on Public Service
Logistics: Allow time to pass through the metal detector when you arrive.