The Strategy and Network Development (SAND) initiative seeks to strengthen the U.S.-based movement for Palestinian equality, justice, and dignity by focusing on movement strategy and network development amongst movement actors. SAND also seeks to expand the movement for equality and justice by identifying new avenues and categories for participation, including in non-traditional spheres.
The Strategy component will establish new mechanisms to study the movement and develop strategies for the benefit of future and ongoing campaigns. These mechanisms include developing strategy memos of past campaigns, creating heat maps of victories and losses, mapping the movement players and initiatives, and creating archives. The Network Development component aims to strengthen existing and budding leaders, to create a stop-gap for the loss of institutional memory, and to leverage new and existing networks to increase their impact.
The Strategy is comprised of four components: Strategy Memos, Heat Maps, Movement Mapping, and an Archive.
The Network component of SAND is comprised of former student leaders in the U.S. movement for Palestinian rights. Each class, compromised of recently graduated students, will be selected annually and be connected to prior and future classes. The network is a lifelong commitment to one another and the guiding principles. The program is comprised of a skills-building retreat, a year of service and a mentorship project. Leaders will be selected through a nomination and vetting process that includes all existing members of the network.
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