JVP Bay Area Work Teams
The Racial Justice workgroup creates workshops and discussion spaces with the goal of shifting chapter culture in ways that promote racial justice and challenge white supremacy practices. These events, usually oriented towards white members, focus on internalized white supremacy culture, tenets of BIPOC feminism, and how to be accountable in multiracial movement spaces.
Legislative work is an integral part of JVP's efforts to change U.S. foreign policy. We work both on a federal as well as local level on legislative issues relevant to ending the occupation and ending other human rights violations that Israel perpetrates on the Palestinian population. This committee aims to build power for legislative organizing to create long term change through building relationships, visiting our legislators, attending town hall meetings and educational work. Currently we are working to defeat federal anti-boycott legislation and to pressure Israel to stop incarcerating children. Please come join us!
The Education Workgroup aims to create collective learning spaces for our members and supporters. Some of the current education projects include:
- Palestine/Israel 101 - an eight week series on the histories of Palestine/Israel, Zionism and resistance movements through current day
- Study/Action - a multi-week co-learning, co-facilitated space for members to engage in group discussions on topics relevant to JVP’s mission
- One-time workshops - educational sessions that include speakers, films, discussion, and more!
Palestine Action Network
The Palestine Action Network (PAN) is a coalition of organizations and activists working on Palestine solidarity work in the SF Bay Area. We center the leadership and participation of Palestinian and other Arab communities most impacted by Zionism and other communities most impacted by the US-Israel relationship, particularly the collaboration between the two on policing, repression, war, and militarization. Palestine Action Network is a network of organizations and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area raising awareness on the Palestinian struggle. JVP-Bay Area is a participating organization, and we’re looking for point people to support with media, logistics, security, and programming for upcoming and future events.
Study / Action
As a "spoke" of the Education Work Group, our team is offering a collective learning environment focused on the role of police and military in the US and in Palestine, looking through a lens of envisioning a world without these oppressive systems of control. We're planning a six-week class that includes diving into ideas and information as well as taking actions related to our theme.
From Shabbat dinners, to demilitarizing Hanukkah, to seders in the streets, there is so much liberatory Jewish ritual to be created and celebrated in JVP Bay Area. If you are interested in co-facilitating or leading ritual at the next Shabbat dinner (monthly), envisioning a gathering or event for a Jewish holiday, or at all interested in discussing how a radical Judaism supports our work to free Palestine click the link below!
Our focus is the community we are building and growing -- how we engage and support new people and long-time members to effectively be building toward justice, equity, and freedom for Palestinians and all people. We are working on leadership development, anti-racist and intersectional culture shifting, and trainings for our membership as we grow in the Bay Area.