Friday, March 31, 2006

Re: [THIRD-WORLD-EARTH-NEWS] Sponsorship of Al-Awda's Fourth Annual International In San Francisco

Re: [THIRD-WORLD-EARTH-NEWS] Sponsorship of Al-Awda's Fourth Annual International In San Francisco

Gracias Brother Zahi ~ Let me be free enough to take this opportunity to express my sincere support for the Right to Return of Palestinian refugees, for the shining success of the
Fourth Annual International Convention in San Francisco (July 14-16, 2006) and to remind all peoples of the 8th Annual CESAR CHAVEZ WALK on SATURDAY, April 1st, 2006 8:00am at Historic Olvera Street 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, California.

As you should know there has been recent Spiritual Awakenings of Chicanos, Latinos and indigenous natives in the United States since the Great March in LA and other American cities. We are over 40 MILLION strong in our numbers inside the United States!

Many of our brothers and sisters are fighting for the exact same basic humane rights desired by all refugees, all immigrants and all exiled world citizens in their quest to be treated as decent human beings.

Let us learn of each others Movements, struggles and histories in order to work together to make true “liberty and justice for all” more than a sweet American slogan while we still suffer in the aching misery of poverty and sad suffering.

No Human Being Upon Mother Earth Is A Foreign Illegal Alien!
Peter S. Lopez ~aka Peta
Humane Liberation Party
Sacramento, California, USA

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Frequently Asked Questions on Al-Awda

1. What is Al-Awda's mission?
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, is a broad-based, non-partisan, global, democratic association of grassroots activists and students. Our mission is to educate the international community to fulfill its legal and moral obligations vis-à-vis the Palestinian people and to support the refugees with direct aid and empowerment projects. Al-Awda develops, coordinates, supports and guides, as needed, global and local grassroots initiatives for action related to Palestinian rights. Our advocacy includes the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland, and to full restitution of all their confiscated and destroyed property in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International law and United Nations Resolutions which uphold these rights.

2. Is Al-Awda a political group?
Al-Awda is not backed by any particular political group or faction. However, that does not mean that individuals who are members of Al-Awda may not have their own political and factional sympathies, if any. People are welcome to work with us on the Palestinian refugees' right to return campaign regardless of their organizational affiliation, if any.

3. How is Al-Awda structured?

To help achieve our goals, Al-Awda members set up or join a local Al-Awda chapter in their area. Members may also join national and/or international action committees. Chapters and action committees elect representatives from their ranks to the Coordinating Committee. The functions of the Coordinating Committee are to coordinate the activities of the various chapters and committees as well as manage Al-Awda's functions per the organization's bylaws. The Coordinating Committee elects the Executive Committee from its own ranks. The Executive Committee manages Al-Awda's administrative affairs including those related to Al-Awda's internal, external and financial affairs.

4. What are the criteria for membership of Al-Awda?

The current criteria for membership of Al-Awda are commitment to our goals and points of unity. Anyone regardless of political, religious, ethnic or organizational affiliation may join Al-Awda if they are committed to these criteria.

5. How do I join Al-Awda?
To find out how to join or develop an Al-Awda chapter in your area and to find out how to join a national and international action committee, please write to us.

6. Where does Al-Awda get funding for its campaigns and educational programs?
Al-Awda is registered with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America as a 501(c)3 non-profit exempt organization. Al-Awda relies on volunteers and donations for maintaining its campaigns and educational programs. Please Donate Now to help us achieve our goals.

7. Who sets the agenda and plans?Each chapter sets its own local agenda and plans of action within the context of Al-Awda's mission, goals and points of unity and, for example, in support of workshop decisions arrived at the annual conventions of the organization. Through their elected representatives on the Coordinating Committee, chapters and action commitees coordinate their activities at the national level.

8. How do local chapters handle financial matters?
Chapters may only solicit funds if Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, is registered with their state and if they are authorized to do so by Al-Awda's Executive Committee. Such authorized chapters are responsible for collecting funds but they must provide information on such funds to the Executive Committee in a timely manner so that the Executive Committee may issue receipts for funds collected via the organization's national treasurer. The elected represenatives of all local chapters are required to submit annual financial reports to the Executive Committee by no later than 30 Januray of the following fiscal year. These reports will be used for the required annual Federal and State reporting.

9. How do chapters and action committees coordinate their activities?
Chapters and action committees coordinate their activities through their elected representatives to the Coordinating Committee. Overlapping memberships in chapters and on action committees further facilitates coordination and communication. Members may join several action committees. Local chapters are naturally restricted to those in their areas.

10. How are members of the Coordinating Committee elected?
Each chapter and action committee elects representatives to the Coordinating Committee. Elections and representation are carried out annually per the bylaws. Each elected representative serves for a renewable one-year term.

11. How are members of the Executive Committee elected?
The Coordinating Committee elects the Executive Committee from within its ranks. The Executive Committee in turn elects the chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer to serve renewable one-year terms. Elections to the Coordinating and Executive Committees are carried out in an ordered manner that ensures overlap and continuity.

12. How do I communicate with chapters and committees without necessarily joining them?Please use the contact information provided.
For general questions about Al Awda, please write or call us at:
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568

The contact information of the elected chapter and action committee representatives currently serving on Al-Awda's Coordinating and Executive Committees is posted at the indicated pages.
Zahi Damuni wrote:
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2006
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, is pleased to announce a generous donation from renowned San Diego poet Steve Kowit to help fund our Fourth Annual International Convention in San Francisco (July 14-16, 2006).

As a token of our appreciation, we will send the first twenty sponsors of our upcoming convention, a signed copy of his powerful poem entitled "INTIFADA" (Caernarvron Press, San Diego Copyright @ 2005).

The first twenty sponsors will also receive a free DVD copy of the Al-Awda Alternate Focus film contest winner 'My Land' by Tone Andersen.

Sponsorship will help us with convention-associated costs such as venue, speaker travel and accommodation, mobilization, advertising, student participation etc.

Individual and organizational sponsorship are welcomed on the following basis:

Bronze - $50
Silver - $100
Gold - $250
Platinum - $500
Diamond - $1000

Please send your sponsorship donation to:

Al-Awda PRRC
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA

Alternatively, to make a secure donation online, simply click on the "Donate" button at

Please indicate that your donation is for sponsorship of the convention.

Note: Sponsors will be listed in the printed program of the convention unless otherwise requested.

We thank you for your support and look forward to your participation.

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible.

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