Mock Apartheid Wall Week (April 6-9, 2015)
From April 6-9, we held our annual Mock Apartheid Wall Week to raise awareness about the oppression of the Palestinian people. Thousands of students stopped by the wall and learned more about the situation in Palestine and faculty showed their support as well. Supporters took pictures and loved the art on the walls that were set up at four different parts of campus: Campanile Walkway, The Union, Hepner Hall, and The ARC.
O.T.I. Hosted Divestment Discussion/Forum (February 25, 2015)
Hosted by the Olive Tree Initiative and numerous departments, we participated in a discussion about SDSU Divestment and the B.D.S. movement as a whole. O.T.I. panelists asked important questions to our divestment panel and the student body and community also had an opportunity to voice support and/or concern. Almost all those who attended became proponents of SDSU Divest. Thank you to everyone for your relentless support of our campaign!
2,000+ Signatures Reached. Phase 1 Complete. (February 19, 2015)
After roughly three weeks of canvassing and petitioning, we were able to reach our goal of 2,000+ signatures. That's 500 more than A.S. requires for a referendum to take place. Aztecs signed the petition and took pictures to show their support. It's also been confirmed that Divest t-shirts and buttons are a bonafide trend on campus!
1,000 Signature Push (February 10/12, 2015)
The first major push to get Aztec signatures for the Divestment petition was an amazing success! We surpassed our goal of 1,000 signatures and are very close to the 2,000 that we need. Hundreds of people learned about divestment, signed the petition, took pictures with our buttons, bought shirts, and had a great time! Thank you to all who came out and helped! Check our media tab to see all the photos.
1st Open Forum on Divestment (February 3, 2015)
Montezuma Hall was a packed house with around 100+ people turning up for our open forum on Divestment. Both supporters and opponents of the resolution came to voice their support and concerns. Our wonderful panel did a great job on educating both sides and won over some new supporters! Divestment is making noise on campus!
UCLA Divestment Resolution Passes (November 18, 2014)
On November 18, history was made; The University of California, Los Angeles voted to pass divestment in an 8-2-2 vote. Hundreds and hundreds of supporters came from all over to show support for the divestment bill.
Poetic Injustice with Remi Kanazi (November 19, 2014)
Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet and human rights activist, performed for a packed house at Manchester Theatre along with student performers. Kanazi emphasized unity between the struggles of all people. From the oppression of the Palestinians and the silencing of Mexican students to drone strikes in Afghanistan and racism in America, we must all stand in solidarity against any injustice.
Right 2 Education Tour (November 20, 2014)
Two Palestinian students, Mahmoud Douglas and Phantina Sholi from Birzeit University in the West Bank, visited San Diego State as part of the Right to Education Tour. Douglas and Sholi told of their experiences of trying to attain an education and better future despite the Israeli Occupation. They made it clear that Israeli military checkpoints that made students miss class, harassment, lack of supplies and materials due to Israeli blockades, and so much more, would not be enough to deter them and the thousands of other university students from striving for a better future.
SJP National Conference 2014 (October 24-26, 2014)
Representing San Diego State, our co-chairs, Hassan and Osama, attended the largest Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference in history at Tufts University. For more information about the event check out it out on our "News" page or go to this link.
Remember Gaza Event (October 2, 2014)
This summer, US manufactured F16 fighter jets and A-64 apache helicopters were used by the Israeli military to unleash a brutal campaign of murder and genocide on the besieged civilian population of Gaza. Over 500 children were murdered as the world stood silent. 2100+ people were killed and companies that our university invests in reap in on the profits.
With the following co-sponsors: Association of Chicana Activists (Acha), Arab Student Association, International Socialist Organization , Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (Mecha de SDSU), Muslim Student Association, and Queer People of Color Collective, on October 2nd we held our event titled "Remember Gaza" to remember the innocent civilians that were murdered in Gaza over the summer. We put photos of the those killed around Campanile Walkway, passed out pamphlets, held a mock die-in, and called out the names of the children killed. We will not forget the innocent that have lost their lives.
Ball for Palestine Basketball Tournament 2014 (October 25, 2014)
The beginning of a new tradition, on October 25th we held our first "Ball for Palestine" Basketball Tournament. Numerous teams came out and played hard for the championship, but most importantly money was raised and awareness spread for the Palestinian cause!
"If Americans Knew" featuring Alison Weir (October 22, 2014)
We had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Alison Weir, a journalist, author, and founder of If Americans Knew, an organization that provides information on topics of importance that are substantially misreported or unreported in the US media. Ms. Weir gave a lecture to students and members of the community about the relationship between the United States and Israel, why Americans should be outraged about U.S. involvement in Israel, and her perspective on the whole issue. For more information about Ms. Weir, her organization, or to read some great journalism, click on this link.
"A Feminist Perspective on Gaza" by Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi & Dr. Simona Sharoni (October 16, 2014)
In co-sponsorship with the Department for Women's Studies, the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies, and the International Security and Conflict Resolution Department, we welcomed Dr. Abdulhadi and Dr. Sharoni to speak about the events that unfolded in Gaza over the summer from a feminist point of view.
TED Speaker: Maysoon Zayid (October 16, 2014)
Maysoon Zayid, a Palestinian-American, TED speaker, comedian, actress, writer and producer performed her show, Survival of the Un-fittest. Maysoon talked about living with, rather than suffering from, disabilities, the clash of her two cultures, her journey in the media and comedic world, and opened the audience's eyes with her descriptions of her trips to Palestine and the oppression the Palestinians face.
Mock Apartheid Wall & Palestine Solidarity Month
Every year we put up a wall on the SDSU campus to symbolize the apartheid wall Israel built in the West Bank in 2003. This wall is a symbol of Israel's illegal occupation of the Palestinian people and their land. The wall is also considered illegal by the United Nations. Our Mock Apartheid Wall is followed by our annual Palestine Awareness Week (PAW), a week of educational events aimed at raising awareness at SDSU about the Palestinian struggle for human rights, and teaching what we can do as students to support the Palestinian cause. Check out our 2013 Mock Apartheid Wall video, our photo gallery from the wall (below), learn more about this year's events and join the Palestine Solidarity Month 2014 Facebook page.
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