18,000 people will lobby for AIPAC this year. How many will advocate for Palestine?

February 21, 2018

For several years, AIPAC has boasted about the thousands of people it attracts to its annual policy conference in DC. Sadly, I can tell you that I have personally witnessed entire congressional buildings flooded with Zionist activists determined to shape U.S. policy—whether it is introducing anti-BDS legislation and criminalizing pro-Palestinian activism or relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem which Trump delivered on last December. 

We all know about the power of the Israel Lobby, but there is really no greater statement than to have several thousand people in the echelons of power fiercely push their cause.

For the last four years, AMP has been offering hundreds of students, community activists, and leaders the opportunity to train in political organizing and civic engagement in order to cultivate a new generation of advocates for Palestine. We are asking that you join us from March 16 – 19 for an empowering program that brings Palestine to lawmakers.

This year, we’re planning visits to the offices of a hundred Members of the House and Senate as well as a meeting with State Department officials. Will you join our delegation or sponsor someone to do so?

As meaningful as protests, boycotts, and petitions are, we firmly believe that direct action and organizing for Palestine cannot exclude a government relations component. Currently, we have an opportunity to push for legislation that could make a difference in the lives of Palestinian children. The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act or H.R. 4391 was introduced a few months ago by Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and has about two dozen congressional cosponsors. Help us urge the hundreds more elected officials to sign onto and support this important bill.

I can’t stress to you enough how important it is to have in-person meetings with our leaders. How can we expect any change to happen when they aren’t hearing more than one narrative? This is what pro-Israel groups fear the most and why we must be proactive.

Register today to join our initiative. Spaces are filling up quickly and we are scheduling meetings with each participant's representative—which needs advance coordination.

If you can’t make it, please consider making a donation to sponsor someone with financial hardship.