Thriving local communities participating in the leadership and decision-making process and geared to achieving the fullest of human and community potential of a capital city. A healthy, sustainable society based on justice and dignity in a free regional metropolis.
Support local Palestinian self-empowerment
Revive the largest Palestinian metropolis and capital
Impact international policy so that it answers to the needs and aspirations of Jerusalem’s Palestinian communities
Contribute to the Palestinian struggle for justice!
Grassroots al-Quds is a platform for Palestinian grassroots mobilization and networking with the goal of contributing to the creation and implementation of a Palestinian-led long term strategy for al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Storytelling and Mapping
We research the history and current reality of the communities in the Jerusalem district, and document their stories. We map grassroots initiatives and community organizations active in these communities, and the resources available for them. Our mapping project aims at the preservation of the Palestinian identity of Jerusalem, as well as support grassroots mobilization. Community stories, organizational profiles and maps can be found on our website: www.grassrootsalquds.net.
Local Mobilization and Networking
We support community-led mobilization challenging the displacement policies implemented against the Palestinians in al-Quds. We help grassroots initiatives and community organizations find the resources needed for mobilization regarding issues of immediate concern. At the same time, we support networking between the different al-Quds communities and organizations, building long-term strategies that defy the occupation.
Consultancy and Organizational Development
We share our experience and lessons with other Palestinian organizations that wish to develop in a sustainable and self-sufficient way. Passing on our own model of funding: focusing on core-funds, crowdfunding and income-generating work, in order to be able financially independent and remain loyal to our agenda and plans in the face of donor dictations.
We believe in the importance of networking between the different struggles around the world. While corporationalism and economic interests dictate realities of colonialism and oppression everywhere around the world, it is only natural that we join the struggles and support each other in our local mobilization efforts. Aside from networking with movements around the world, Grassroots Al-Quds gives political tours of Jerusalem, and has published a political tourist guidebook for the city titled Wujood (Arabic for “Existence”).