Saturday, October 8th, Dr. Hatem Bazian headlined a half day conference and gala dinner in Southern California hosted by American Muslims for Palestine called Palestine: Action Towards Liberation. Alongside other pioneers for the Palestine movement in America, like Taher Herzallah and Osama Abuirshaid, he spoke on the progression of the Palestine movement in the U.S. and internationally. This event was co-facilitated by the Palestine Youth Movement. Dr. Hatem Bazian is a renowned leading Palestinian advocate on the West Coast, and spoke on the different actions and campaigns toward liberation at a local and national level.
AMP Coming to Southern California
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) stated regarding the event, “Our last major conference in Southern California was in the winter of 2013… A lot can change in 9 years. Palestine advocacy organizations with an office in the nation’s capital. With your support, AMP’s grassroots education and advocacy work now reach[es] nearly every major city in the US. More Palestinians and Muslims are outspoken and bringing Palestine to the halls of power than ever before. Expanding our work to Southern California is a crucial part of our strategy to bring more members of our community into Palestine advocacy work on the national level.”
These events gather community members, families, youth, activists, and community leaders in reflecting on the growth of their collective work. They allow for collaboration, networking, growth, and connection among people with similar interests. When speakers reflect on the work, campaigns, and grassroots organizing initiatives they’ve led over the years and how they contributed to the Palestine advocacy movement as a whole, this inspires youth who are seeking a sense of direction to get started in this work.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is a Co-Founder of American Muslims for Palestine
Dr. Hatem Bazian is also a co-founder of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). AMP is an organization that works to educate the American public about justice in Palestine from within the American policy context and under human rights and international and American law. This organization was founded in 2014 and has only grown exponentially in size, chapters, and impact over the years.
Hatem Bazian is a Co-Founder of The Biggest Student Advocacy Group for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine
Dr. Hatem Bazian is considered a pioneer for the Palestine movement in America. He is a co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the main organization on college campuses across America that organize and mobilize students to advocate for Palestine. According to the National Students for Justice in Palestine page, the group’s purpose is defined as “Building on the legacy and impact of the student movement in occupied Turtle Island (U.S. and Canada), National Students for Justice in Palestine (National SJP) seeks to empower, unify, and support student organizers as they push forward demands for Palestinian liberation and self-determination on their campuses.
The student movement for the liberation of Palestine first began in the 1950s through the formation of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS). From the U.S. to Palestine, GUPS chapters galvanized thousands of students toward a liberated Palestine. The 90s’ wave of corrupt politicians and faulty deals changed the liberation movement as we knew it and many institutions, including the student movement, collapsed.
In the absence of a Palestinian student movement, organizations such as SJP emerged across occupied Turturle Island (U.S. and Canada) as a way to educate, advocate, and mobilize in support for Palestinian liberation.
Nearly two decades after the formation of the first SJP, the movement for Palestine has taken colleges and universities across North America by storm. With over 200 campus Palestine solidarity organizations across the continent, students have been leaders in uplifting demands for freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people.”