We are excited to announce that our board has approved changing the name of our partner organization from the Israeli-American Nexus, to the Israeli-American Coalition for Action (IAC for Action). This new name reflects our goals, our vision, and is a clear connection to our Israeli-American Council community; as partner of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) the two organizations will grow together, succeed together, and strengthen each other.
The Israeli-American Coalition for Action is a non-profit, bipartisan organization dedicated to strengthening the US-Israel relationship and making the voices of Israeli-Americans heard by policymakers on a range of issues at the federal, state, and local level.
The first legislative initiative led by the Israeli-American Coalition for Action is a landmark bill in California designed to prevent the BDS movement from discriminating against Israeli-Americans, Jewish Americans, and those who choose to freely associate or do business with Israel. Thanks to the work of our Israeli-American community leaders and advocates this bill will soon move to Governor Brown's desk for signature.
Working with both Democrats and Republicans, the Israeli-American Coalition for Action has ensured our elected leaders in California support this important legislation, a vital and strong showing of bipartisan support in a state where BDS is most active. We have also generated significant grassroots advocacy activity with the Jewish, Israeli-American, and allied communities sending thousands of emails and making hundreds of phone calls in support of this anti-BDS bill.
In addition, in just over the past six months, the Israeli-American Coalition for Action has facilitated a joint research and development partnership between Israel and California focused on stem cell research, led a "Climate Smart" delegation to Israel with California's top agriculture experts, and negotiated a partnership between the Southern California Association of Governments and Israel's Federation of Local Authorities; bringing together 191 California cities with all of Israel's municipalities. In the coming year, IAC for Action will expand this exciting work to states across the country.
You can learn more about the Israeli-American Coalition for Action, and get involved, by visiting the website at http://www.iacforaction.org