Thursday, March 21, 2013

[SDCPJ] Southern California Youm Al-Ard, Land Day Events

Youm Al-Ard, Land Day Events in Southern California
March 29-31, 2013
 
Background
 
Youm Al-Ard, Land Day
Youm Al-Ard/Day of The Land has been marked world-wide yearly since the killing on March 30, 1976 of six Palestinians in Galilee by Israeli troops during peaceful protests over the confiscation of Palestinian lands. The Zionist occupation imposed a curfew effective from 5 PM on March 29, 1976 on the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin, Arraba, Deir Hanna, Tur'an, Tamra, and Kabul after it announced plans to further expropriate/steal thousands of dounams of Palestinian Arab land for "security and settlement purposes". In response Palestinians called and organized a general strike and protests from Al-Jalil in the north (Galilee) to Al-Naqab in the south on March 30 1976. During the protests, occupation Zionist soldiers and police attacked and killed 6 Palestinians, 3 women and 3 men, wounded one hundred, and arrested hundreds. Solidarity strikes were also held almost simultaneously in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and in most of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Youm al-Ard is particularly significant because it was the first time since the 1948 occupation that Palestinian Arabs in "Israel" organized a response to Zionist occupation policies as a Palestinian national collective. Palestinians and their supporters throughout the world mark Youm Al-Ard annually ever since.
 
Events In Southern California
 
As part of the annual Youm El-Ard/Day of the Land Activities in Southern California, Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition has organized the following program of events:
 
Day of the Land Demo
Los Angeles: A Day of the Land Demonstration will be held on Friday March 29, 2013, starting 3 PM in front of the Zionist consulate (1766 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025) with participation from all of Al-Awda's chapters in Southern California. Organizations wishing to co-sponsor, please email mazenalmoukdad@hotmail.com
 
San Diego: On Saturday March 30, 2013 Al-Awda's Chapter in San Diego will be presenting the following program starting 5 PM at Al-Awda's Palestine National Center (2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J, Carlsbad CA 92010): A Youm Al-Ard and Spring Bazaar to help raise awareness and support for Al-Awda's work; A discussion on the Significance of Youm Al-Ard in the Palestinian national struggle for liberation and return; A presentation by Khayrieh Zubaidi about the current dire situation in Al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria and what you can do to help; And a screening of the film "Degrees of Incarceration" followed by discussion with one of the film makers Nidal Al-Azraq from Aida refugee camp. For additional information please email office@al-awda.org or call 760-918-9441
 
Orange County: On Sunday March 31, 2013 starting at 11 AM at The Holiday Inn, 14299 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638, Al-Awda's Los Angeles/Orange County chapter will host a screening of "Degrees of Incarceration" with discussion by Nidal Al-Azraq. This will be followed by presentation by Khayrieh Zubaidi about the current dire situation in Al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. For further information please email mazenalmoukdad@hotmail.com or call 323-350-0000
 
Ventura County: On Sunday March 31, 2013 starting 5 PM at the Arroyo Vista Community Center (4550 Tierra Rejada Rd Moorpark, CA 93021), Al-Awda's Conejo Valley chapter will host a screening of "Degrees of Incarceration" with discussion by Nidal Al-Azraq. This will be followed by presentation by Khayrieh Zubaidi about the current dire situation in Al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. For further information please email amanibarakat@gmail.com or call 805-390-6480 or 805-217-7138
 
"Degrees of Incarceration": This film documents the effects political imprisonment has on a community of Palestinians in Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank. Since 1967, more than 600,000 Palestinians have passed through the prisons of the Zionist/Israeli occupation. The film introduces viewers to Palestinian mothers, teenagers, children, and community leaders as they strive to support each other through crises of arrest and detention. This film demonstrates that Palestinians continue to struggle against the subjugation of their human spirit, and challenges the veracity of portrayals of Palestinians as despairing people http://degreesofincarceration.com/
 
 
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442
E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org
 
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is dedicated to education and advocacy for the restoration in full of Palestinian human, national, legal, political and historical rights with particular emphasis on the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and lands of origin from which they have been dispossessed since 1948. PRRC is 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. To donate, please go to http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and follow the instructions. To become a member, go to http://al-awda.org/membership.html
 
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