Solidarity with Trayvon Martin & Victims of Racial Violence

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Members of NW Campus BDS Coalition (Including SUPER UW) have collaborated on writing the below statement endorsed by schools across the country and SJP nationally. Read this excellent article about it in Electronic Intifiada Here!

Read the full statement below!

In light of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP),  Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), and other organizations that work to secure the rights of the Palestinian people take a firm position against the racist institutions and laws that allowed for the murderer of an unarmed teenager to walk free. SJP and SUPER are in solidarity with Trayvon Martin’s family and loved ones, and with all victims of racist violence, as well as with the thousands of people who are working for racial justice in the U.S.
This trial highlights yet again that we do not live in a post-racial society, nor is our justice system colorblind. As Syreeta McFadden put it, “Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.” Through an appeal to racist stereotypes and character assassination, Trayvon was unjustly criminalized, much like thousands of black youth, women, men, and trans* people in this country are everyday.

As people who are fighting for justice in Palestine, we understand how racism is used to justify and perpetuate an unjust system that oppresses whole populations. Our government tries to divide us by telling us that black is synonymous with “criminal” in the same way that it tries to tell us that Arab and Muslim is synonymous with “terrorist.” In many ways the Black struggle coincides with the Palestinian struggle, from racial profiling, to youth incarcerations, to segregated roads, buses, housing, and education. On top of this, a handful of the same corporations, like G4S and other prison industries are profiting off of the racist mass imprisonment of both African Americans in the U.S. and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

We understand that racism did not end with the abolition of slavery, nor did it end with the defeat of Jim Crow, and as people who are fighting to end U.S. support for the racist system of Israeli apartheid, we know that this struggle cannot move forward without challenging racism here at home. We also must address racism within our own organizing spaces and college and universities. Advocating for human rights is incomplete without challenging institutional racism in the university. SJP and SUPER are in solidarity with the victims of racist injustice here at home and those struggling to end it, because we know that La union hace la fuerza (With unity there is strength).

With this statement, we ask all those who are committed to the struggle for Palestine and who are committed to ending U.S. complicity with racist and colonial regimes abroad to take a position against the racism and injustice that is perpetrated at home by our same government. We encourage all those who are fighting for justice in Palestine to sign the NAACP statement calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman (https://donate.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition). We also encourage all to mobilize for protests and other events in solidarity with Trayvon Martin and against racism, such as the upcoming national 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 24 in Washington DC (http://nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/) and local solidarity protests that will take place on this day.

In Solidarity & Struggle,

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)–National Steering Committee
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) at Portland State University
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) at University of Washington
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Antioch University Seattle
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of California Santa Barbara
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at San Diego State University
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of California Berkeley
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of California San Diego
TESC Divest! at The Evergreen State College
Mideast Solidarity Project at The Evergreen State College
Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) at University California Santa Cruz
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the CUNY School of Law
North Africa, the Middle East, the Subcontinent and Neighboring Countries at UC Riverside
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of California Riverside
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of Colorado Denver
Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Hunter College
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Brooklyn College
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at John Jay College
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)  at College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Cornell University
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of California Los Angeles
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)  at California State University Fullerton
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Houston
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at University of New Mexico
Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) at the Ohio State University
Students of Color Collective at Hunter College
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Rutgers University – Newark
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Florida International University
Albany-Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace
WESPAC Foundation
Palestine Israel Working Group of Nevada County
Al-Nakba Awareness Project
Palestine-Israel Action Committee
The National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee
Al-Awda New York, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign – Vancouver
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Philadelphia
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Portland
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Seattle
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Boston
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Los Angeles
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Tacoma
Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
International Solidarity Movement – Northern California
Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago
Free Palestine Movement
The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’n, West Bank
Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bil’n, West Bank
Ali Abunimah
Noura Erakat, human rights attorney and Jadaliyya Co-Editor
Remi Kanazi, Palestinian poet, author of Poetic Injustice
Nada Elia, member of the Organizing Collective of USACBI
Sherry Wolf, editorial board, International Socialist Review
Nora Barrows-Friedman, editor of The Electronic Intifada
Iyad Burnat, head of Bil’n Popular Committee
Ben White, writer and activist
Vibeke Lokkeberg, director of Tears of Gaza
Eric Ruder, journalist, SocialistWorker.org

To add your organization’s signature, please email palestinetmletter [at] gmail.com

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