1. JVP Philly Members:

Our members are the lifeblood of our chapter. There is a form to fill out if you'd like to become a member of the chapter; the form lists various ways you can contribute to chapter functions.  While the vast majority of our events are open to both members and non-members, members are added to an internal member email list and are invited to special chapter-building activities.

2. Functional Committees

The Functional Committees are where JVP events, actions, and initiatives are conceived, planned, and executed. Committee members (known as Chapter Leaders) also contribute input to organizational statements and decide on convening new functional committees or collaborative working groups.

 We currently have 3 active functional committees:

  • Actions - Researching and developing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and/or facilitating collaboration on BDS with allied groups. Coordinating legislative or local political campaigns and partnerships. Planning mass actions/demonstrations.

  • Education and Culture - Organizing public educational events (speakers; readings groups; documentaries; educational presentations) or cultural exhibitions (plays; performances; narrative films; benefit events) as JVP Philly or in collaboration with allied groups.

  • Outreach - Increasing membership of, and allied partnership with, JVP Philly through Open Meetings, Open Ritual gatherings, Holiday Parties, tabling, and other outreach opportunities that may arise.

Prospective committee members must first be JVP Philly members. Members interested in joining a committee must complete a one-on-one with a current Chapter Leader. One-on-ones are intended to ensure that prospective leaders are familiar with JVP national policies and values as well as Functional Committee roles and responsibilities.

Functional Committees meet once each month at All-Committee Meetings and additionally as needed.

3. Working Groups

Temporary, task-oriented working groups may be convened by decision of the Functional Committees, the All-Committee Meetings, or the Steering Committee. Past and current working groups include a canvassing working group, media team, and specific groups that plan discrete events.

Membership in Working Groups follows the same membership procedure as for Functional Committees.

4. Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SC) is the central coordinating committee of JVP Philly. The Steering Committee consists of up to two chairs from each committee, plus a treasurer, an administrator, a communications coordinator, and a liaison to JVP National. Steering Committee members are responsible for final approval of major campaigns; managing the administrative tasks that keep JVP going, including social media, email lists, etc.; financial accounting and approving budgetary requests; responding to requests for organizational co-sponsorship/endorsement; approving all organizational statements; deciding or approving if, when, and how JVP Philly will respond to major events; and conflict resolution within the chapter.

Steering Committee members sign up for a minimum of a 6-month commitment to the SC, and must have been active on a committee for 3 months before joining the Steering Committee.

**Additional written chapter protocols are available to all Chapter Leaders.**