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    Somerville Divestment Project submits over 4000 signed petitions for a ballot question on divestment from publicly held funds connected to Israel s Human
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      Somerville Divestment Project submits over 4000 signed petitions for a
      ballot question on divestment from publicly held funds connected to
      Israel's Human Rights violations against Palestinians

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      contact:
      Somerville Divestment Project
      P.O. Box 441259, Somerville, MA 02143
      divestmentproject @ yahoo.com
      www.divestmentproject.org

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      The Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) will climax a nine-month
      ballot initiative campaign by delivering an additional 3000 petitions
      (for a total of 4000) to the Board of Election Commissioners at
      Somerville City Hall at 11:30 am on Friday Sept 24th.

      A Press Conference outside of City Hall will be held at this time.

      The total number of signatures submitted exceeds the requisite number
      of petitions (10% of registered voters = 3966) to place a question on
      the ballot for the November 8th election. Further signatures will be
      delivered on Monday.

      The signatures have been collected despite a well-funded mailing and
      publicity campaign to block collection of the signatures. Mayor
      Curtatone, Congressman Capuano, and the Boston-based Jewish Community
      Relations Council encouraged people not to sign the petition, yet
      thousands of citizens have made their own choice.

      The SDP, like several larger religious and other groups, proposes
      divestment from Israel Bonds and military companies which facilitate
      human rights violations by Israel. Divestment is a means to promote
      justice and thereby peace in the Holy Land.

      The SDP has also filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Superior
      District Court for an injunction against the Board of Election
      Commissioners for their refusal to accept and count the more than 4400
      petitions which the SDP has collected so far.

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