For Immediate Release
April 11, 2007
Uniting for the Return: Fifth Annual International Al-Awda Convention
VENUE: Riverside, Southern California
DATE: May 25-27, 2007
Don't Delay! Register Today!
Al-Awda's Fifth Annual International Convention will be held this year in Southern California on the May 25-27 memorial day week-end. The theme of this year's convention is Uniting for the Return.
The date of the convention commemorates the Nakba, the 59th year since the "State of Israel" was declared on stolen Palestinian land, and which led to the Zionist occupation of all of Palestine.
The community-based local host committee currently includes the Southern California chapters of Al-Awda (Al-Awda Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego), Students for Justice in Palestine at UCR, The Palestinian American Women's Association, The Free Palestine Alliance, The National Council of Arab Americans, The Middle East Cultural and Information Center, The Muslim Students Association at Palomar College, The Muslim Students Association at UCSD, Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA, The Muslim Students Union at UCR, and The Arab Community Center of the Inland Empire.
The Fifth Annual International Al-Awda Convention promises to be an amazing three-day event from speakers and workshops, a youth program, to a Palestine Cultural Dinner Event. The opening will be held on the evening of Friday 25 May and include a moving event at which survivors of the Nakba, the great catastrophe, share their recollections of their first-hand experience in 1948.
On Saturday May 26, the convention will devote itself to political assessments, and to developing the ongoing work of organizing Right to Return campaigns such as refugee support, media work, student, divestment, art/culture, etc., in addition to our recruitment and outreach projects.
On Sunday May 27, the convention will arrive at its resolutions based on the concrete recommendations of the various workshops.
The Saturday evening Palestine Cultural Dinner Event will include keynote addresses as well as Palestinian folkloric dance, music, a traditional Palestinian Arab fashion show and readings of children's writings from refugee camps.
Among the confirmed convention speakers are:
Dr. Naseer Aruri, former member of The Palestine National Council
Elias Rashmawi, National Coordinator National Council of Arab Americans
Leila Al-Arian, journalist, daughter of political prisoner Sami Al-Arian who will discuss his case
We invite all Al-Awda members, and groups and individuals who support the implementation of the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their towns and villages of origin, and to reclaim their land, to join us in our landmark Fifth Annual International Convention. The convention is a superlative forum for activists to listen to expert presentations and to share their own thoughts on how they would like to see our collective efforts and campaigns for the rights of Palestinian refugees develop.
Like its predecessors, Al-Awda's Fifth International Convention will be one of the largest annual gatherings of Palestinian Arab activists and their supporters. We highly encourage out of town guests to plan and make their travel and accommodation arrangements early.
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We thank you for your support and look forward to your participation!
The Fifth Convention Host Committee
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible.