Palestinian Youth Movement
The Palestinian Youth Movement (“PYM”) is a transnational, independent, grassroots movement of young Palestinians in Palestine and in exile worldwide as a result of the ongoing Zionist colonization and occupation of our homeland. Our belonging to Palestine and our aspirations for justice and liberation motivate us to assume an active role as a young generation in our national struggle for the liberation of our homeland and people. Irrespective of our different political, cultural and social backgrounds, we strive to revive a tradition of pluralistic commitment toward our cause to ensure a better future, characterized by freedom and justice on a social and political level, for ourselves and subsequent generations.
Due to the accumulating challenges as a result of the ongoing Zionist colonization and occupation of our homeland, our determination to fulfill our aspirations for return and liberation are stronger than ever. Guided by principles of justice and liberation, we recognize that our struggle is inherently connected with the struggles of all oppressed and indigenous peoples. We affirm that our struggle is deeply rooted in the Arab regional context that must be freed of neocolonialism in order for the complete liberation of Palestine to become a tangible reality.
Our vision is to mobilize Palestinian youth, strengthen our role and assume responsibility and accountability to our national struggle. In order to revitalize our participation in the Palestine liberation struggle, we build upon historical and lived experiences that allow us to understand our various current realities while defending a strong common vision for Palestine.
WHAT DO WE DO?
PYM is a space that brings together Palestinian youth from all over the U.S. with diverse views and various political, cultural and social backgrounds in a collective process of decision making, leadership building, and action. By cultivating the skills of young Palestinians we work toward empowering the Palestinian grassroots movement locally and ultimately around the world. We do this by:
Initiating grassroots, community-based organizing on the ground, particularly addressing the context and needs of the different Arab/Palestinian communities we live in while maintaining PYM’s Return and Liberation framework of struggle.
Organizing specialized Palestinian youth workshops and local, national and international programming aimed at developing leadership skills and critical analysis among our members and Palestinian youth through a rigorous educational curriculum we continue to develop through our biennial Summer Schools.
Celebrating, commemorating, and honoring our culture, heritage and national historical events simultaneously via local community-based events.
Participating in forums, conferences, events, and initiatives that seek to challenge colonialism, racism and injustice globally through a joint-struggle approach.
Growing and developing with third world solidarity allies to maintain and build relationships tying the Palestinian struggle for liberation among all indigenous peoples.
Sustaining our organization via grassroots fundraising and donations from our generous supporters.