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The Right to Boycott: Olympia Food Co-op Board Sued for Constitutionally-Protected Activity

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On July 15, 2010, the Olympia Food Co-op’s Board passed a resolution by consensus to enact a peaceful boycott of Israeli goods. Annual Board elections were held in November 2010, in which a number of members ran on an anti-boycott ticket and lost. The five candidates endorsed by Olympia BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) won overwhelmingly. Some of the losing members subsequently sued the Board members of the Co-op, seeking to punish these individual Board members for their constitutionally protected activity. CCR is now representing the  Board members who were sued.