Though the local press rarely covers it, the annual international Al-Awda Palestinian Right to Return convention will be taking place once again in Anaheim this weekend. Speakers at the three-day event will include British member of parliament George Galloway, Ron Kovic, Dr. Jamal Nassar and UCSB professor William Robinson. Galloway was present at a fund raising event organized by Al-Awda last month in Anaheim when he announced the beginning of the Viva Palestina USA campaign to bring relief to the beleaguered people of Gaza besieged by the Israeli assault of late December – early January. He is coming to town once more to follow up on organizing that effort which is scheduled to depart on the fourth of July.
Various panels and film screenings will also be taking place throughout the convention on everything from Palestinian hip hop to divestment campaigns against Israel. It’s excellently organized, informative and provides immediate channels to participate in the efforts to end the occupation of Palestine so if you’re not going out of town this Memorial Day weekend, do consider checking it out.