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