When I Return…

[We reprint below an interesting call to the millions in the Palestinian diaspora to re-focus the collective imagination on the day of … liberation? independence? revolution? (however the day is envisioned) and share those thoughts with the community.  The call appeared on the KABOBfest website. — Frontlines ed.]

By andrew
May 11, 2011

Check out this new initiative from the US Palestinian Community Network. If you want to be a part of the project’s debut, be sure to get your submission in asap!

WHEN I RETURN – A collective celebration of hope and promise

When I Return, an initiative by young members of the US Palestinian Community Network (www.uspcn.org), invites you to participate in highlighting the collective aspirations for the freedom and liberation of Palestine.

When I Return is an online participatory campaign featuring simple notes by Palestinians, Arabs and allies describing what they hope to do when Palestine is free and/or when they return to Palestine.

When I Return intends to unleash the Nakba’s daily resonance, as not only a vanishing point in a past to be commemorated, but a persistent moment binding us to our past, our present and to each other. In this project, we hope to take part in reviving the celebratory and revolutionary spirit that has always been a part of the Palestinian national struggle, working against all odds, bolstered by our collective will to always resist, always dream. In this year of revolutionary hope and change, now more than ever, we know, as we have always known, Palestine will be free.

This project asks you, for just a moment, to take liberation for granted, and to think of your first day after liberation. What will you do? Where will you go? What will you be dreaming of next?

The project cannot work without your participation. We are inviting Palestinian, Arab and ally scholars, community members and organizers, artists and activists, of all ages, to submit their own contributions for the launch.

In order to contribute to this project, please send us a statement in whatever medium you choose, video, audio, text, musical piece or artwork, in Arabic, English or Spanish, that completes or addresses either of two statements:

“When I return to Palestine, I will…”
“When Palestine is liberated, I will…”

It can, but need not be, somber; the joys of liberty and freedom can be as mundane, funny or as profound as you wish.

Please submit to: whenireturn@palestineconference.org

In your submission, please indicate:
1) Your first and/or last name (or however you would like to be featured)
2) Your current location
3) If you are Palestinian, your town/village of origin.

Please try and submit your contribution by May 13, 2011 so that it can be included in the launch of the website.
Campaign launch will be on May 14, 2011. You may continue to submit after this date of course.

Your contribution will be featured on a website that will launch on May 14, 2011. A campaign will also begin on Twitter (#whenireturn), as well as a Facebook page. Submissions to both will be fed into the website.

Statements are currently being collected from Palestinians all over the world. A member of the initiative is currently working on video footage in refugee camps, and another is interviewing Nakba survivors in the United States.

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