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Ninth Annual Int'l Al-Awda Convention


Ninth Annual International Al-Awda Convention - Onward, United and Stronger Until Return!

Just In: Just back from Egypt having been part of the Arab Egyptian revolution in Tahrir square, Ahmed Shawki, Egyptian journalist and editor of the International Socialist Review, will be joining the convention to provide a first hand account of the Egyptian revolution, the future of its people in the months to come, and its impact on struggles in the Arab and rest of the world.

Dr. Musa and Mrs Suheila Nasir to receive Al-Awda's community award at the Saturday April 30 Banquet for long time service to the community, the Palestinian cause, their outstanding work with The Palestine Children's Relief Fund, and for continuous support of Al-Awda.

Strategy, tactics and planning discussions:

  • The Palestine Papers and the Arab people's uprising; Impact on the Palestinian struggle and future organizing
  • Student Summit with the Community
  • Boycotts & Divestment for the Return
  • Return From Exile Project with Free Palestine Movement
  • Cultural Resistance Through Various Forms of Art
  • Palestinian Children's Rights Campaign and Refugee Support
  • Young activist program with Youth from Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Founding President of the Palestine Land Society
  • Hugh Lanning, Deputy General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, and Palestine Solidarity Campaign's Chair UK
  • Ahmed Shawki, Egyptian journalist and editor of the International Socialist Review
  • Ali Abunimah, Palestinian author and co-founder Electronic Intifada
  • Lubna Masarwa, Palestinian activist, survivor of Mavi Marmara massacre
  • Laila Al-Arian, Palestinian Author, writer and Al-Jazeera English producer
  • Dr. Jamal Nassar, Specialist in Middle East politics, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB
  • Rim Banna, Palestinian singer & activist
  • Najat El-Khairy, Palestinian porcelain painting artist
  • Hala Gabriel, Palestinian filmmaker producer
  • Remi Kanazi, Palestinian spoken word artist, activist
  • Michel Shehadeh, Executive Director Arab American Film Festival
  • Ziad Abbas, Associate Director Middle East Children's Alliance
  • Dr. Paul Larudee, International Solidarity Movement, Free Palestine Movement, and cofounder Free Gaza Movement
  • Dr. Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, member Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
  • Youth from Al Bayader Center Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Palestinian singer Rim Banna will also perform some of her songs live during the convention!

Plus . . .

Zaytouna Dake Group, Cultural presentations, films, books and solidarity items, network with friends and fellow activists & lunch keynote presentations & evening banquet with live music! (Baby-sitting available for entire convention)

Media: Special arrangements available for media reporters who will cover the convention including interviews with guest speakers and panelists and organizers. If you are with the media, please contact us at office@al-awda.org

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