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Dear friends and allies,
We’re very excited to announce that Students for Justice in Palestine will be gathering at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts from October 24-26 for the fourth National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference. After a summer of devastation and oppression in Palestine and in the United States, now more than ever we must collectively analyze how far we have come and how we can deepen our skills, analysis, and relationships in order to escalate our struggles for justice in the coming year.
Will you invest in the future of the US Palestine solidarity movement and help us bring hundreds of students together?
Building on the amazing work SJP activists around the country have done to connect different struggles and movements, this year’s theme of “Beyond Solidarity: Resisting Racism and Colonialism from the U.S. to Palestine” challenges us to move towards thinking in terms of joint struggle- how our work in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the struggles to dismantle racism, militarism, and colonialism in the U.S. and other parts of the world/ And to move towards creating meaningful changes in our communities and beyond.
This summer the Gaza Strip saw the worst Israeli assault in memory. Casualty rates, particularly for civilians and children, are shockingly high, and the level of devastation to the Strip is so great that the United Nations projects it could take 20 years to rebuild. Israel’s actions were widely described as war crimes and despite global calls to lift the blockade, as of this writing the siege of Gaza still remains in place. We in the United States must move beyond condemning these acts to organizing to stop them.
Meanwhile this summer, activists in Ferguson were being tear-gassed by the same product used to teargas and repress Palestinians. In a moving display of international unity, Palestinians sent messages of solidarity and advice on how to best treat teargas burns, SJPs around the country were putting out calls to action for solidarity vigils and were deepening their analysis of how militarism of police in the U.S. is modeled on Israel’s militarism and suppression of Palestinian resistance. This year, we will look at how to further our collective analysis and understanding, and envision what true joint struggle action would look like in our efforts to advance boycotts and divestment at our colleges and universities.
Every year our conferences have been successful because of the broad representation of amazing and brilliant student activists from around the country. While some students are able to get travel assistance from their schools, a large number of student participants rely on the funds we are able to raise before the conference and give out as travel assistance.
Can you help us this year by making sure that at least 100 students are able to represent their SJPs in Boston with the help of travel stipends?
If you believe that the success of SJPs is central to the success and growth of the Palestine solidarity movement in the U.S., please consider making a donation – large or small, every dollar goes a long way – to SJP National through our paypal (http://sjpnational.org/donate) or send a check to our fiscal sponsor, the WESPAC Foundation, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603. All donations are tax deductible and checks should read SJP-National in the memo.
The National Students for Justice in Palestine Steering Committee