EDUCATION FOR JUST PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

A national coalition of hundreds of groups working together for freedom, justice, and equality.

aka US Campaign for Palestinian Rights   |   Washington, DC   |  https://uscpr.org/

Mission

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a national network of activists and organizations who are committed to freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people and who work to end U.S. complicity in their oppression. As part of a global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we work to stop US support for Israel until it ends its denial of Palestinian rights. Founded in 2001 as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, USCPR has been a leading player in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Ahmad Abuznaid

Main address

P.O. Box 3609

Washington, DC 20027 USA

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Formerly known as

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

EIN

42-1636592

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy. Founded in 2001 as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, USCPR has been a leading player in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States. The coalition is bound by commonly shared principles on Palestine solidarity as well as our anti-racism principles.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Organizers Conference

More than 350 people from 22 states attended the US Campaign's 13th Annual National Conference. The conference was a great opportunity for networking and strategizing around how to mainstream the struggle for Palestinian human rights and deepen connections with other social justice movements that share our core goals and values. The 13th annual national conference was the largest conference yet and a number of the campaigns launched at the conference have been been tremendously successful.

Population(s) Served
Activists

The US Campaign works to challenge institutional and governmental complicity in Israel's denial of Palestinian human rights. The US Campaign works in all 50 states and more than 1,00 U.S. cities to educate and organize communities in support of a U.S. policy that upholds freedom, justice, and equality for all.

The US campaign has been a leader organizing boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns and in challenging the more than $30 billion in weapons given to Israel by the United States.

The US Campaign has also played a leading role in coalescing a diverse network of faith-based organizations, campus groups, and city-based coalitions to educate Americans about corporations that profit from from violations of human rights and international law.

In furtherance of our mission to educate the general public, the US Campaign also regularly engaged with and appeared in the media. The US Campaign's work has been covered by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, the Nation, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show, Fox News, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, C-Span, Business Week, the Washington Post, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, The Hill, and others.

Population(s) Served
Activists

The United States supports Israeli occupation and apartheid through military aid, diplomatic backing at the U.N., and resolutions in Congress. The US Campaign works to change U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to support human rights, international law, and equality.

Population(s) Served
Activists

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of conferences held

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

National Organizers Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have moved our conference to be a biennial event.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the total number of media appearances by USCPR in a calendar year.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Mission
As part of a global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we work to stop US support for Israel until it ends its denial of Palestinian rights.

Our Vision
Freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people in a world without racism and oppression.

1. Develop and Deepen Alliances with Other Movements

In the coming year, the US Campaign will also make joint struggle work a priority. Beyond the moral and ethical reasons for identifying the intersectionality of various struggles and supporting other movements for social justice, there are practical reasons for joint struggle. It continues to normalize the issue of Palestine among constituencies engaged in other issues. As the U.S. is becoming more diverse, engaging in joint struggle with communities of color is a way to build political power for the future.

The US Campaign has been a key organization helping to challenge institutionalized racism and militarized police brutality in the U.S. This has been a critical moment to educate our base about confronting militarization and injustice domestically as we challenge them internationally. As targets of the same tear gas canisters and similar forms of repressive policing, residents of cities like St. Louis and Palestinians in the West Bank have found common cause is challenging these interlinked systems of oppression.

2. Pivot to proactive legislative strategy

With increased legislative capacity, we'll be able to arrange regular visits with Members of Congress, build a Palestinian human rights caucus, and brief all newly Members of Congress. We could also deepen our engagement with key caucuses like the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and with the Lantos Human Rights Commission. With additional resources, we could build political power mapping tools to help target our advocacy effectively, pre-launch a Congressional report card to score Members of Congress, and bring more resources to bear in mobilizing the grassroots behind asks that we're presenting on Capitol Hill.

One of the US Campaign's major priorities in the coming year is to pivot from simply reacting to the opposition to charting out and pursuing a proactive legislative agenda. As part of this approach, we are working to introduce legislation calling on the administration to take more concrete steps to challenge Israel's expansion of illegal settlements and violations of Palestinian human rights.

3. Connect B and D with S

As the political rift between the US and Israeli government appears to grow, we need to leverage this moment to build our political power and dramatically shift the political calculus of U.S. lawmakers.Israel's new status as a wedge issue is an opportunity to cultivate and embolden our natural political allies and synergize the success of our BDS work with our burgeoning legislative advocacy campaigns.

The US Campaign is unique in its breadth and diversity: a national coalition of more than 400 local and national organizations working together to change U.S. policy, in its broadest sense, to support human rights, international law and equality, rather than Israeli military occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians.

The US Campaign is the only national coalition uniting organizations representing Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and many other diverse constituencies into a common platform to advocate for a just and lasting peace. It brings together in a common cause hundreds of grassroots organizations, building a powerful national network of groups which draw upon each other's challenges and victories to build a strong movement. It joins groups young and old, supporting the divestment initiatives of Students for Justice in Palestine on college campuses across the country, as well as sanctions campaigns by organizations such as the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, whose venerable history stretches back to World War I.

The US Campaign is also distinctive in its ability both to drive successful national campaigns and to resource and lift up to national prominence campaigns led by local, grassroots organizations. At the national level, the US Campaign initiates and leads campaigns bringing together national organizations to affect policy and institutional change. For example, the US Campaign has successfully coordinated a coalition of groups that have stymied U.S. politicians' bid to have Israel enter the Visa Waiver Program by highlighting the discriminatory border treatment meted out by Israel to Palestinian-Americans. The US Campaign led successful BDS campaigns to convince Oxfam International and the Earth Day Network to disassociate themselves from SodaStream, an Israeli corporation headquartered in an illegal West Bank settlement which profits from pilfered Palestinian land and resources.

The US Campaign has coalesced national, interdenominational forums to promote BDS through mainstream church denominations, an effort which stands on the cusp of bearing fruit as the Presbyterian Church (USA) prepares to vote this summer for divesting funds from corporations that profiteer from Israeli military occupation.

The US Campaign also functions as an information leader for the hundreds of member group comprising its coalition by producing widely-used fact sheets and other resources, and by convening conference calls to provide political analysis, skills-building workshops and trainings. Its annual national organizers' conference is attended by hundreds of delegates representing dozens of groups, providing a unique forum in which grassroots organizations share lessons learned from their campaigns. By supporting the work of the US Campaign, donors have a multiplier effect with their investments reverberating across the country to hundreds of groups which benefit.

This past year has been a truly a special time for the movement working in support of Palestinian rights. Everywhere you look, activism around this issue is growing. From universities to churches, even in the halls of Congress, campaigns in support of a just and lasting peace have become commonplace and victories numerous.

Many factors in the past decade have contributed to make this happen. There has been a major discourse shift, which signifies a shift in people's consciousness. Palestine is a mainstream issue for progressives and becoming more and more of a popular cause, especially among younger people. The opportunities are immense and the urgency for ending Israel's decades-long occupation and continued dispossession of Palestinians could not be greater. Despite the successes we've seen in recent years, the siege of Gaza, settlement expansion in the West Bank, and the recent escalation of violence are all reminders of how much work we have left to do.

Your support will help us strengthen current campaigns and expand our capacity to respond to unforeseen opportunities. With additional resources and staff, we will be able to deepen our involvement in under-resourced grassroots organizing campaigns and respond more quickly to encourage positive developments. In the coming year, we hope to replicate and build on BDS corporate victories such as with Veolia, G4S and Hewlett Packard, in cities and counties across the country.

As part of that work, it is critical to have a staff member who can strengthen and deepen relationships with a diverse array of partner organizations and constituencies, including those working towards racial, economic, and environmental justice, as well as international partners to challenge contracts held by UN agencies. This position will also be critical to continuing education around the connections between mass incarceration policies in the United States and Israel. With the addition of a full-time grassroots organizer, we would have the capacity to proactively identify and pursue a greater number of high profile divestment and educational campaigns.

Financials

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EDUCATION FOR JUST PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2022
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Board chair

Ms. Mina Aria

Andy Clarno

Mina Aria

Rena Zuabi

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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