THIS WEEK'S UPDATES
Wednesday: Report Back from Palestine:
SJP at UCLA is excited to present a report back from Palestine with UCLA Alum and former Afrikan Student Union at UCLA chair Kamilah Moore. Moore recently travelled to Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders, and will be presenting images and stories from her trip. This event is proudly co-sponsored by Afrikan Student Union. This event is also an excellent opportunity for students who are new to the topic of Palestine.
Wednesday, January 28, 7-9pm
Kinsey Pavilion 1240B
For Immediate Release:
Students for Justice in Palestine Celebrates Armenian Students Association Divestment Victory
January 21st, 2015
On the evening of Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, UCLA’s Undergraduate Student Association Council voted to pass the Armenian Students Association’s “Resolution to Divest from the Republic of Turkey to End the Perpetuation of the Armenian Genocide.” The resolution passed without any votes in opposition or abstentions, a testament both to the moral urgency of its cause as well as the amazing campaign mounted by the Armenian Students Association.
The mood in the room was electric. So many students showed up to provide public comment that it became necessary to let them in one at a time because the room was over-capacity for most of the public comments portion of the council meeting. While there were individuals who spoke in opposition, an overwhelming majority of students from various backgrounds spoke about why they felt compelled to support the resolution, and what connections they drew between their own personal stories and histories and the plight of their Armenian peers and their families.
SJP is inspired by this milestone victory for our allies, the Armenian Students Association, and we hope that this decisive occurrence, as well as the organizing efforts that are sure to follow, will help pave the way for long-overdue reparations, acknowledgement of the grave injustice committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire and its perpetuation by the Republic of Turkey, the legalization of genocide recognition by the Republic of Turkey, and formal apologies to the families of genocide victims.
Additionally, we see the passing of another divestment resolution as one more historic step towards ethical finance in education and investment reform. Contrary to the tired trope of divestment being “divisive,” we have repeatedly seen students from various backgrounds who represent a range of political and social justice causes uniting around the common goals of ethical investments on the part of the Regents, greater student oversight in how tuition dollars are invested, and ending students’ financial complicity in the oppression of our family members, communities, and the loved ones of our allies and peers. The success of the ASA, and the intersectional support they received from student organizations and individuals acting in solidarity, suggests that it is only a matter of time before these goals are fully realized.
SJP at UCLA Offers Organizing Assistance to Progressive Student Groups
Thank you again to all the organizations who have helped SJP UCLA with our most recent UCLA Divest campaign. We are truly grateful for your help. Now it’s our turn to help you!
We would like to offer our assistance to progressive student groups who are seeking to learn how to do the following: set up an email service such as Mailchimp, create a website, manage social media, research and write resolutions, and organize a campaign (including events like a townhall).
If your student org needs help with any of these or even something that is not listed on here, please feel free to ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can arrange a training.
For Immediate Release:
Students for Justice in Palestine Hails Divestment Victory, Thanks all Supporters
November 19, 2014
Divestment organizers at UCLA, representing a wide coalition of students from all backgrounds and sectors of campus, celebrated a milestone victory for social justice with the passage of "A Resolution to Divest from Companies Engaged in Violence against Palestinians." The resolution, sponsored by Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed, Conrad Contreras, and Manjot Singh, passed by an 8-2-2 margin. It was sponsored by 15 student organizations and endorsed by an additional 17, making for 32 total student groups in support of divestment. UCLA's vote marks the 6th of 9 undergraduate University of California campuses to have taken a majority vote in support of divestment from corporations that violate Palestinian human rights.
Council members from a variety of political affiliations voted in favor of the resolution, including independents, progressives, and a member of the campus' moderate party. Before the vote, council members expressed their admiration and respect for the coalition building, education, and outreach by SJP-UCLA during our campaign. Also notable was the positive tone of the hearing and discussion, wherein most council members affirmed their support for one another regardless of their votes.
The resolution could not have been successful without the support of the students from many communities who came out to speak in its favor and who stayed at the hearing until it passed. Alaa Abuadas, the programming director for SJP-UCLA said, "as a Palestinian, I want to thank every single person who helped us pass this bill, for getting us one step closer to a free Palestine."
This resolution's victory does not mark the end of SJP's efforts. SJP sees the passage of divestment as a chance to help other communities use this tool as an avenue to attain more political agency. On that note, the organization sees this vote as laying a principled foundation from which students from myriad backgrounds can continue to educate and organize in support of not just Palestinian rights but all causes of social justice.