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SJP Events - Fall 2012

Palestine: Laboratory for the Future

by John Collins, Professor and Chair of Global Studies, St Lawrence University, Thursday October 11th, 2012
This talk was amazingly informative and provocative. These are two links to video of his talk: Channel 16 (RETN) Streaming video and broadcast schedule Channel 17 (Town Meeting Television) streaming video Professor Collins gave us very clear and novel insights into the consequences of 'Settler Colonialism' for indigenous populations exploited and displaced by settlers, backed up by military force. He used several historical examples (South Africa, Australia and North America), and focused especially on the current case of Israel's continued settlement of Palestinian land. If you missed the 'live' talk, or if you want to see this brilliant talk again, here's your chance. Palestine is the site of an ongoing settler-colonial occupation. Colonized territories have long served as testing grounds for new forms of violence, social control, solidarity, and resistance that often have broader global implications. Palestine is no exception. Based on his new book Global Palestine, John Collins will explore what we can learn about the future of settler-colonialism, permanent war, contemporary globalization and indigenous resistance movements by excavating Palestine's past and its struggle against occupation and colonialism. John Collins teaches courses on globalization, social change, media and cultural studies, and the global politics of violence at St. Lawrence University. He holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Global Palestine was published in London by Hurst in 2011 and in New York by Columbia University Press in 2012. He is also the author of Occupied By Memory: The Intifada Generation and The Palestinian State of Emergency (NYU Press, 2004) and co-editor, with Ross Glover, of Collateral Language: A User's Guide to America's New War (NYU Press, 2002).

Roadmap to Apartheid - Vermont Film Premier

at UVM, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Roadmap to Apartheid is the first documentary film to explore the striking parallels between apartheid in South Africa and in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Filmmakers Ana Nogueira (a white South African) and Eron Davidson (a Jewish American-Israeli) were on hand to discuss the film and answer questions. see

Witness to Occupation

Presentation on August 11th 2012 by Nolan Rampy, Psychology Graduate Student at UVM about his trip to Gaza in Summer 2012 as a member of a delegation of psychologists. On-line streaming by Regional Educational Technology Network (Channel 16) at

Spring 2012 Events:

UVM Demonstration 1984

Struggles Against Apartheid - Past and Present

A special UVM Event held for the 8th annual Israeli Apartheid Week in support of Palestinian Civil Society's call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Lessons to be learned from the struggle for divestment from South Africa for the growing global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on Israel A presentation and discussion with Mark Hage (Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel) Nolan Rampy (UVM Graduate Student, UVM International Socialist Organization) Nancy Welch (UVM Professor of English, Author of "Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World" (with a chapter that focuses on the anti-apartheid struggle at UVM) Date: Thursday 1st March 2010 Hosted by UVM's International Socialist Organization and Students for Justice in Palestine. Endorsed by Foment Press and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine. "I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid" --Archbishop Desmond Tutu See a video of the event at

National and International Events:

Israeli Apartheid Week March 2012

Film Screenings

"Peace and Propaganda" (Details soon) Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land is a 2004 documentary by Sut Jhally and Bathsheba Ratzkoff which-according to the film's official website-"provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" and which "analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media". (Wikipedia)

SJP-UVM's First Year of Activities & Organizing: 2010-11

SJP-UVM formed initially to support an anti-occupation divestment effort on campus, the first of its kind. In a few short weeks, we collected 524 student petition signatures in favor of the initiative. Several members of the organization testified at a UVM divestment proposal "open hearing" (17th March 2011) that was covered by the local "Burlington Free Press" newspaper and that triggered several letters to the campus student newspaper ("Cynic"). SJP also organized a showing of the films "Occupation 101" and "Budrus," met with members of UVM Hillel to discuss possible joint educational events, and had a 'speak out' in front of the library. We do tabling regularly in the Student Center, and we've attended and made an impact at Zionist events, including a noisy demonstration at a pro-Israel fundraising event.

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Students for Justice in Palestine was recognized as a UVM organization by the Senate of the Student Government Association on 3rd May 2011.