Convention Program

Friday Nov. 14, 2014

5:30 PM  Registration

6:00 PM  Meet & Greet

6:45-7:15 PM  Opening Remarks, Solidarity statements and Empowering our Coalition.  Nadine Aly SJPFAU, Muahammed Mustafa SJPFIU, Rasha Mubarak PCRF, Pamela Malvel POWIR, Didier Ortiz Green Party

7:20-7:50 PM  From Palestine to Ferguson Panel: Rania Khalek, Mohammad Malik, and Ahmad Abuznaid. Moderator: Fatin Jarara                                                                                   

8:00-8:45 PM   Refugees / Right of Return Movement Panel: Dr. Zahi Damuni, Khalid Hijazi, Hanna Khalil, Professor Susan Akram. Moderator:  Abbas Hamideh

8:50-9:30 PM  Palestinian Surprises or Treasures  –  Amer Zahr Book reading and signing “ Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile”.  Laila el-Haddad  “Gaza Mom”.  Performance by comedian, singer, writer, and author Mr. Amer Zaher

9:40-10:30 PM  Entertainment. Dabke along! The Handala Dabke Troupe

Saturday Nov. 15, 2014

9:00 AM  Registration

9:30-10:00 AM  Resisting Imperialism and Colonialism from the US to Palestine, Rasmeah Odeh, Steve Salaita, attack  on US Campuses & SJP’s. Panel:  Abbas Hamideh, Muhammed Malik, Cassia Laham, Rania Khalek, and, Ahmad Abuznaid.  Moderator: Abeer Jadallah

10:00-10:30 AM Gaza the Massacre, Attacks on Jerusalem, Our Prisoners, OUR ACTION!  Panel: Laila El-Haddad (blogger, activist, journalist, and author), Amani Barakat, Mnar Muhareb, Abbas Hamideh, Audrey  Bomse. Moderator: Bilal Ziadeh.

10:40-11:30 AM Activate! Be the change you want to see in your community!  Panel: Rasha Mubarak from PCRF-FL, Mohammad Malik from the Green Party, Abeer Jadallah from Al-Awda – FL, Ahmad AbuZnaid from Dream Defenders, Cassia Laham from POWIR. Moderator Anas Amireh.

11:40-12:30 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for the Return  Panel: Susan Abulhawa, Abbas Hamideh Al-Awda Cleveland, Fatin Jarara Al-Awda NY or Don Bryant Al- Awda Cleveland. Moderator Zahi Damuni.

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch Break and Networking

2:00-2:50 PM Empowering Women as Activists  Panel:  Amani Barakat Al-Awda Los Angeles, Rasha Mubarak PCRF FL, Samia Ahmad Al-Awda FL, Rania Khalek Journalist.  Moderator Nadia Safa.

3:00-4:00 PM Round table discussion with main speakers followed by Q&A

7:00 PM Al-Awda’s 12th Annual Gala Benefit

7:15 PM Anas Amireh Al-Awda FL, Welcoming Speech

7:20-7:25 PM Poetry reciting by Gharad Shehadeh

7:30-7:50 PM Al-Awda presentation & Fundraising  Presented by Zahi Damuni and Samia Ahmad

8:00 PM Dinner is served and Handala Dabke Troupe Perform

8:45-9:15 PM Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Akram

9:20-9:44 PM Performance by comedian, singer, writer, and blogger Amer Zahr

9:50-10:15 PM Performance by spoken word artist, rapper, activist Omar Offendum

10:30 PM Hafla by Palestinian singer Ashraf Odeh

Sunday November.16.2014

9:00 AM Al-Awda National, AL-Awda Chapters, and other guest organizations meet for business planning, convention resolutions, and final wrap up.