National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) was established in 2010 when an informal network of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activists from across the country began organizing around a growing need to coordinate campus efforts and host a central gathering event for our young, intersectional social justice movement. As of late 2017, we have roughly 200 chapters nationwide!
NSJP’s work is centered on freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people, who have been living without basic rights under Israeli military occupation and colonialism since 1948. We believe that all struggles for freedom, justice, and equality are interconnected and that we must embody the principles and ideals we envision for a just society. NSJP stands against homophobia, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, classism, colonialism, ableism, and bigotry and discrimination of any form.
Who we are
The National SJP Steering Committee is made up of 10-20 volunteer college students and recent alumni. If you are active and experienced in your own SJP chapter and would like to get involved on a national level, stay tuned for the next time we accept applications!
What we do
NSJP is an independent grassroots organization composed of students and recent graduates that provides support to about 200 SJP chapters on university and college campuses, as well as taking part in the broader national and global solidarity movements for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality.
As students, education, awareness, and critical analysis are our priorities. Each year, we host a national conference where student organizers can attend skill-building and political development workshops, meet with fellow organizers, and learn about other social justice movements and the history of our own. (Some years we organize regional conferences too! If you'd like to see one in your region in early spring, contact us!) We also coordinate national campaigns like the Right to Education tour, curate a national newsletter, and provide SJPs with resources and specialized assistance in planning events and actions, organizing boycott and divestment campaigns, writing resolutions and statements, working with media and press, connecting to legal aid, outreach, and more.
Besides sharing our points of unity as a starting point, we do not dictate to SJP chapters: all individual SJPs are autonomous student orgs on their respective campuses and, with the national points of unity as a base, they can determine their own political visions, missions, goals, and even names––like SAIA, SPJP, SFP, SUPER, SAFE, MEPPA, PSA, PSC, SPHR, SPER, and more––as a function of who they are, where they're based, and what they work on. Any campus-based student Palestine solidarity group built around these points of unity can become a chapter.