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All morning sessions at Center Hall

9:30 am - Welcome
Zahi Damuni, Al-Awda San Diego

9:40 am - 10:00 am - Plenary I
Status of the Struggle for the Palestinian Right to Return
Musa Al-Hindi, Al-Awda Executive and Coordinating Committees

10:05 am - 10:30 am - Plenary II
Grassroots Organizing for the Cause - Report Back from New York
Lamis Deek, Al-Awda New York

10:30 am - Break

10:40 am - Noon
Discussion of Conference Goals and Expectations
Developing a strategy and work plan for organizing the upcoming Al-Awda International Convention and Network on the West Coast.
Moderator: Zahi Damuni, Al-Awda San Diego

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch
Price Center cafeteria offers variety of fast foods

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm - Workshops I

Campus Activism
Location: Center Hall
Facilitator: Mona Kadah
Panel: Fawad Shaiq (UCSD SJP), Alia Hasan (UCLA Al-Awda), Justin S Shahbaz (USC SJP), Afif Wensky (UC Davis SJP)

Mainstream Media
Location: Price Center - Gallery A
Facilitator: Rhoda Shapiro
Panel: Ahlam Muhtaseb, Alison Weir

Campaign for Palestinian Children Political Prisoners
Location: Price Center - Davis/Riverside
Facilitator - Jess Ghannam
Panel: Michael Shahin, Musa Al-Hindi

Location: Price Center - Gallery B
Facilitator: Catherine Pfister
Panel: Jody Bong, Nadia Keilani

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Workshops II

Chapter Building
Location: Center Hall
Facilitator: Peggy Sanders
Panel: Jess Ghannam, Marwan Abderrazzaq, Zahi Damuni

Outreach to the Palestinian and Arab Communities
Location: Price Center - Gallery A
Facilitator: Manal Swairjo
Panel: Samera Sood, Ban Al-Wardi, Mahmud Ahmad

Coalition Building and Outreach to Other Communities
Location: Price Center - Gallery B
Facilitator: Laila ElSherif
Panel: Muna Coobtee, Justin Akers, John Parker, Mark Gonzalez

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm - Workshops III

Alternative Media
Location: Price Center - Gallery A
Facilitator: Tara Bosi
Panel: Ahlam Muhtaseb, Edward Sweed

Location: Price Center - Gallery B
Facilitator: Mahmoud Zubaidi
Panel: Lamis Deek, Manal Swairjo, Jamal Kanj

Price Center - Davis/Riverside
Facilitator: Musa Al-Hindi
Panel: Zahi Damuni, Rhoda Shapiro

Location: Center Hall
Facilitator: Fawad Shaiq
Panel: Richard Becker, Zachary Wales

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Summation - Center Hall

Workshop report back from facilitators
Formation of Convention Program Development Committee
Summation - Dr. Jess Ghannam, Al-Awda SF
Cultural - Poetry reading by Mark Gonzalez

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