Our 2017 Conference Theme & Goals
Our 2017 National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference will be held on Friday-Sunday, October 27-29, hosted by University of Houston Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in Houston, TX. Our theme will be "A Reimagined World: Dismantling Walls from Palestine to the Rio Grande."
In the face of expanding settlements, walls, and state violence, we call for a reimagined world. At our first-ever national conference in the South, student organizers will be convening in a region with a distinct legacy of the displacement and theft, enslavement and disenfranchisement, and exploitation and domination of oppressed peoples. Today, we witness the continuation of these structures enshrined in the walls of immigration detention camps, the texts of racist state laws, and the blueprints of border walls and fences. Though they are distinct, we find parallels between the Zionist project and its settler colonial counterpart, the United States of America.
Zionists have laid siege to Palestinian land with apartheid walls, segregated roads, and illegal settlements. The militarized walls of these two settler colonial projects cast a shadow over the indigenous people of Occupied Palestine and the colonized Americas. Since we know these very real walls and borders began with a colonial imagination, we call for a decolonial reimagining that frames the water in Gaza and the water of the Rio Grande as necessarily connected, that links ICE raids to home demolitions in ‘67 Palestine, that continues to intertwine Black and Palestinian resistance histories and weave them into a collective liberation. As we come together in Houston to create coalitions and grow networks centered on and towards justice, we draw from these legacies of survival and resistance and commit to honoring the histories behind and beneath us.
The 2017 National SJP Conference will achieve the following goals:
We can't wait to see you in Houston!
National Students for Justice in Palestine
University of Houston Students for Justice in Palestine