Seventh Annual International Al-Awda Convention
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Convention Program

The following is the tentative program of the Freedom For Palestine 7th Int'l Al-Awda Convention. This program may be subject to change:

Friday May 22, 2009

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Meet and Greet - New friends, old friends and all attendees
Appetizers/Arabic food provided courtesy of Anaheim's Victory’s Bakery and Restaurant, Alsanabel Restaurant and Bakery, and Sahara Falafel

7:00 pm – 7: 15 pm – Convention Opening and Welcome

7:20 pm - 8:20 pm – Solidarity organizational reps: Richard Becker, John Parker, Michael Prysner, Todd Chretien

8:20 pm - 9:05 pm – Special guest solidarity voices: Cindy Sheehan, Fernando Suarez Del Solar and Marta Rodriguez

9:15 pm – 10:45 pm – "Salt of This Sea" - Full-feature film by Annemarie Jacir starring Suheir Hammad and Saleh Bakri

10:45 pm – 11:00 pm – Closing 

Saturday May 23, 2009

8:00 am – 10:00 am Embassy Suites Breakfast Cart (items available for purchase outside main hall)

9:00 am – 9:10 am – Introductory Welcome

9:10 am to 9:25 am – Palestinian Refugees - Background and Current Status, plus Al-Awda Refugee Support programs - by Dr. Jess Ghannam

9: 30 am – 10:10 am  - "Present Absentees In Galilee Clinging to their Land - a Testimony" - Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, Galilee Society and Ittijah founder and author of 'A Doctor in Galilee'

10:20 am – 10:30 am - Palestinian Refugees in Iraq – Alan Santistevan

10:35 – 11:10 pm – Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions with Lubna Hamad (Adalah New York)

11:20 am - 12:00 pm - Academic Freedom with Professor William Robinson, UCSB Sociology Professor

12:10 pm – 12:50 pm – Recent Media Coverage of Palestine - Al Jazeera correspondent Khaled Dawoud

1:00 pm – 2:40 pm Lunch with Keynote address “ The Palestinian Struggle in the Aftermath of the Gaza Attack" by Dr. Jamal Nassar, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB; “The Daily Struggle in Jerusalem” by Yacoub Odeh, former political prisoner, human rights worker, and national coordinator for the Palestinian Popular Committees against Zionist house demolitions.

2:45 pm - 4:05 pm - Forum: Palestinian Political Affairs and Structures with Ghassan Elias, Dr. Masad Arbid and Muna Coobtee

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm - Viva Palestina US Forum with George Galloway MP, Ron Kovic and Kevin Ovenden

7:30 pm – midnight - Banquet with Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark "War Crimes in Gaza" - and "Growing our Global Movement - Freedom For Palestine" with George Galloway; Fundraising and National Dabke Contest

Parallel Events on Saturday May 23, 2009

9:15 am - 3:50 pm Youth Program includes educational sessions such as Palestine 101, Screening of Sling Shot Hip Hop, Performance by Omar Offendum and Dabke class with Zaytouna Dabke group

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - "Amreeka" - Full-feature film by Cherien Dabis, starring Nisreen Faour

Baby Sitting will be provided for children ages 1 to 12 years old, Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and 7:30 pm to midnight. The cost per child is $25.00. For baby sitting during Saturday banquet ONLY, the cost is $15.00 per child. For reservations: Go here

Sunday May 24, 2009

8:00 am – 10:00 am Embassy Suites Breakfast Cart (items available for purchase outside main hall)

9:00 am - noon- Chapters and Students

Reports, challenges and future action plans

Membership and 501C3 status

Points of unity and by-laws amendments

Convention Resolutions

1:00 pm - end - Social Networking


Additional information

Youth Program
Baby Sitting
Travel Directions
For Media
Flyer color or b&w
Host Committee
Points of Unity

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