Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Seeking Palestinians and activists for a Video Quilt to mark the Nakba anniversary
"I am a Palestinian. We still hold the key and deed to our home in Lyd. WE WILL return!" "I am a supporter of human rights and I want to see the Palestinian refugees return home" "I am from Tabaria. Its my right! I want to go home!"; "My home is in Haifa and I want to return"; "I am not Palestinian, but 60 years of forced exile is wrong. Palestinians must be allowed to return home!"
For 60 years the Palestinian refugees' right to return to their land and homes of origin has been under attack from various forces that wish to rewrite the past and dictate the present and future of Palestine and its people. Despite these attacks, for 60 years Palestinians and their supporters around the world have remained steadfast in not just supporting this right, but demanding and asserting that it is a right that must be implemented if justice and real peace are to be achieved. These voices unfortunately have all too often been deliberately muffled and fragmented ... It's time to collect these voices -- literally.
On this the 60th year of the Nakba we are collectively creating a Video Quilt demonstrating that among Palestinian refugees and their many supporters there remains a strong united voice for the Right to Return. This Video Quilt stitches together the voices of refugees and supporters around the world and will be premiered at the 6th Annual Al-Awda Convention on the 60th year of Al-Nakba. It will be shown online and at various exhibits and venues afterwards. Al-Awda's 6/60 Convention will be held May 16-18, 2008 in Anaheim California.
Help Needed With Video Quilt!
If you or someone you know has a video camera and is interested in helping film for the Video Quilt Project, please let us know. We are looking for individuals across the globe to act as liaisons and videographers. There are many interested individuals and groups who would like to contribute their messages in support of the Right to Return but don't have access to a video camera. Their voices must be heard! If you are interested in assisting with this project please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To download an informational flyer visit: http://al-awda.org/until-return/vidqlt1.pdf
To upload and send your own video to us, please use one of the following services:
http://www.yousendit.com (up to 100mb limit, free account)
http://www.sendthisfile.com (unlimited file size upload with free registration, but slow for large files)
Be sure to send all files to: email@example.com
In any format, please mail to:
Al-Awda PRRCPO Box 131352Carlsbad CA 92013, USA
Just as a reminder, these video messages are as simple as
1. Facing the camera2. Stating your name and where you live3. State where you are from (in Palestine or elsewhere)4. State a brief message in support of the Right to Return.
For further information, please see our earlier announcement at:http://www.al-awda.org/alert-video_quilt.html
Al-Awda Media Center
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
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. http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html
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