SJP Conference 2012: Photos of the first half

The second annual National SJP Conference is hosted at the University of Michigan. Here are some photographs of what we’ve been doing the last day and a half. Special thanks to Danya Mustafa, Sara Jawhari, and Debbie Southorn for collecting and sharing these photographs.

Students at the opening plenary of the National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Conference 2012 discuss ways to address and tackle dynamics of oppression within campus solidarity movements. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

A plush panda, which belongs to an SJP conference organizer, dons a traditional Palestinian kuffiyeh. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

One conference attendee’s face is illuminated by a computer screen as she excitedly takes notes during Nada Elia’s opening remarks. Elia spoke on the importance of liberating ourselves from within. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

After sharing personal experiences on the frontlines of campus organizing, students tune into Elia’s “inconclusive conclusion,” which is that SJP has developed a viable framework to ensure full equality within campus groups as well as outside of them. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

One SJP conference organizer live-tweets the plenary discussion on gender dynamics. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

Students from over 100 different universities introduce themselves during the National SJP Conference at the University of Michigan. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

A National SJP Conference booklet lies on a table as two conference organizers facilitate a discussion about the roles SJP chapters should have in overcoming subtle forms of oppression. Photo credit: Debbie Southorn

Nada Elia explains how the microculture of campus organizing often absorbs elements of sexism from the surrounding macroculture even though solidarity movements are quick to work against other forms of discrimination. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

Representatives from Chicago attend the National SJP Conference held in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Photo credit: Debbie Southorn

SJP organizers live-tweet some more. The Twitter hashtag #SJPConf rose to the third highest trending hashtag in the U.S. on Saturday morning. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

Over 300 students and solidarity members attended the official opening of the second annual National SJP Conference at the University of Michigan. Photo credit: Danya Mustafa

Noura Erakat addresses the crowd of students during the opening and keynote address. “[Israel’s occupation] is an ethnic cleansing project. It is a project aimed at limiting us in number. It is a project concentrating us so we can be controlled,” Erakat said. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

Student organizers and attendees in the special media section of the main hall reported on and live-tweeted the National SJP Conference’s opening and keynote address featuring Noura Erakat and Hatem Bazian. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

Noura Erakat and Hatem Bazian spoke to a full crowd in this year’s opening and keynote address at the National SJP Conference hosted at the University of Michigan. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

Conference organizers and host-school representatives take notes during Hatem Bazian’s speech in which he outlined SJP’s history of involvement in allied causes across the world and across the nation. SJP’s first major celebration was on the success of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

A conference organizer dons his conference shirt. From the pair of black hands emerges an olive tree. Photo credit: Sara Jawhari

One conference attendee writes notes during Hatem Bazian’s keynote address. Photo credit: Debbie Southorn

Hatem Bazian shares five reasons why SJPs are in a position of great success. “Our strength is our diversity,” Bazian said. Photo credit: Debbie Southorn

A conference organizer peers into Hutchins Hall 100, moments before the opening begins. Like the panda in the photograph above, he dons a traditional Palestinian kuffiyeh. Photo credit: Danya Mustafa

A baby, also donning a kuffiyeh, made it out to the second annual National SJP Conference. Photo credit: Danya Mustafa

Hatem Bazian gives his final remarks about the uphill battles SJPs are bound to face and the great successes they are destined to have. Photo credit: Danya Mustafa

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