THIS WEEK'S UPDATES
2013-2014 was an exciting year for Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA! Read our write-up on everything SJP-UCLA accomplished in one of our best years yet.
P.S. there's photos too.
RESPONSE TO PROGRESSIVE JEWISH STUDENTS AT UCLA STATEMENT
We write to commend your recent statement outlining your position on Israel/Palestine. We recognize the difficulty in speaking out about those positions, particularly under conditions in which community institutions frequently speak on behalf of the entire Jewish community. In particular, your condemnation of “Israeli policies of military occupation, expansion of West Bank settlements, failure to take action against settler and soldier violence, demolition of Palestinian property, unequal distribution of resources, and policies that restrict Palestinian movement” is a heartening and important statement of recognition of the severe and persistent oppression experienced by Palestinians in the West Bank. Read more...
STUDENTS EXPOSE LA CITY COUNCIL MEMBER BLUMENFIELD'S ATTEMPTS TO BULLY AND CENSOR ETHICS STATEMENT:
Earlier this year, students from various campus communities drafted a statement asking candidates for student government not to participate in trips from external political organizations that had records of discrimination and bigotry. The Los Angeles City Council will soon deliberate on a resolution (embedded below) calling for the UC to censure this effort. This is a disturbing attempt to intimidate and silence students concerned with the integrity and transparency of their council.
IN THE NEWS
SJP IN THE DAILY BRUIN: LOBBYISTS AND POLITICIANS SHOULD STAY OUT OF CAMPUS DEBATES
Much like the destructive effect of political lobbies on national politics, this injection of money into campus politics is hampering the progressive movement and having a corrosive effect on the entire student democratic process. Milstein’s donations were directed to the campus’ relatively conservative party, giving it a financial advantage relative to others. The students that lost those elections represented a wide range of progressive organizations and social justice causes.
AUDIO: LOS ANGELES TO THREATEN CAMPUS PALESTINE ACTIVISTS WITH "LAW ENFORCEMENT"
Students at UCLA sign an ethics statement in response to ongoing concerns that elected leaders were taking trips with non-student lobbying organizations with records of discrimination, such as AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. We talk with a UCLA student about the statement and why the administration, along with Los Angeles city council members, are intimidating and silencing students who are calling for transparency in student government. Click here for the segment.
PRESS RELEASE: SJP AT UCLA CONCERNED BY JUDICIAL BOARD VERDICT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Students for Justice in Palestine views today’s Judicial Board ruling in SJP v. Singh and Rogers as a major blow to the integrity of student government at UCLA. Sunny Singh and Lauren Rogers’ actions clearly constituted a conflict of interest, and this was a missed opportunity for the Judicial Board to set a precedent. SJP is concerned that this verdict will signal a green light to additional off-campus groups to lobby student leaders and council members through free trips and other in-kind gifts as a means of buying loyalty and influencing council votes. SJP will await the full opinion of the Judicial Board, the justification of the majority opinion, and the position of minority opinion (if any) before outlining its next steps in the struggle to keep USAC free of off-campus lobbying interests.
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