GLENDALE – The Armenian Genocide Committee is proud to announce the solidarity and participation of 49 coalition partners for the April 24 March for Justice in commemoration of the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the demand for accountability by the Turkish government.
“The AGC welcomes the broad-based support it has received from its coalition partners to March for and demand universal justice for the Armenian Genocide. Our coalition partners have consistently expressed their solidarity by actively working with us to educate our society about the consequences of this dark chapter in modern history and by standing together against injustice everywhere,” remarked AGC Board member Saro Kerkonian, Esq.
“Together we stand for truth and justice! We must recognize the horrific genocide committed against the Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians that took place under the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923. Over 3 million lost their lives from forced marches to the fires of the City of Smyrna! Let us recognize the ‘United Nations Genocide Convention of 1948’ that was unanimously approved! This April 24th, ‘The Day of Remembrance’ should become the ‘Day of Truth’ when the United States officially recognizes the crimes that were committed. The American Hellenic Council proudly stands together with the Armenian Genocide Committee to commemorate the memory of those who lost their lives and pledge to work together for the truth to be proclaimed,” noted Chairman and President of the American Hellenic Council, Dr. James Dimitriou.
“We Assyrians here today are the children and grandchildren who, because of the genocide, have fled our homelands and are now dispersed in the four corners of the world. The genocide which exterminated hundreds of thousands of our people destroyed our lands and forever changed the demographics of the area we called home for thousands of years. The results of this tragedy are still causes of great pain and suffering for us. We Assyrians standing here today are the children of a nation which was very nearly completely eliminated from the face of the earth. Hundred and four years ago they thought they had succeeded in exterminating us; however my dear friends, the good news is that they were mistaken!” stated Sabri Atman, Director of Assyrian Genocide and Research Center (SEYFO Center).
“We fully support the efforts of the ANCA, AGC and the Armenian people in their March for Justice. As co-victims in one of the first genocides of the 20th century, we understand what the Armenian people have endured and empathize with them in their efforts to find closure. We also have shared common values which ensures that we will stand side by side with the Armenian people now, and well into the future,” added Aris Tsilfidis, co-founder of the Greek Genocide Resource Center.
The March for Justice will take place on Wednesday, April 24th, 1:00pm at the Turkish Consulate located at 6300 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Further information can be found at the AGC website March4Justice.comand at the Armenian Genocide Committee Facebook page or by calling (888) 924-1915. The community is urged to join the AGC and its coalition partners in making our collective voices and demands heard at the Turkish Consulate.
The signatories below, which include non-profit, civil rights, union, labor, community-based, and student organizations, affirmed their commitment to the global demand for justice for the Armenian Genocide and for the Turkish government to acknowledge and bear responsibility for the unpunished crimes against humanity which it continues to deny.
1. Act for Sudan
2. AF3IRM- A Transnationalism Feminist Organization
3. American Indian Movement (AIM)
4. American Hellenic Council
5. Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
6. Assyrian American Association of Southern California
7. Assyrian Genocide Research Center (SEYFO Center)
8. Assyrian Student Organization of Los Angeles
9. Black Law Student Association of University of California, Los Angeles
10. Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
11. Creative Armenia
12. Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles
13. Equality Armenia
14. Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society (GALAS)
15. Genocide Watch (The Alliance Against Genocide)
16. Greek Genocide Resource Center
17. Hellenic American Leadership Council
18. Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Center (USA – New Jersey)
19. Investors Against Genocide
20. Iranian Student Union, University of California, Irvine
21. Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles
22. Jewish World Watch
23. Kurdish Community of Southern California
24. Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group
25. Los Angeles Hellenic Radio
26. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
27. Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice
28. Never Again Coalition
29. National Organization of Republican Armenians (NORA)
30. Palestinian Youth Movement – Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire Chapter
31. Pan Pontian Federation of USA and Canada
32. Parents Educators/Teachers & Students in Action (PESA)
33. Pink Armenia
34. Radio Iran 670AM
35. SEIU121RN Nurse Alliance
36. South Asia Student Union, University of California, Irvine
37. Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD)
38. Southwest Asian North African (SWANA) Los Angeles Chapter
39. STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
40. Stop Genocide Now (SGN)
41. The Genocide Education Project
42. The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, UK
43. Together We Remember
44. UC Student Association
45. United Staff Workers
46. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)
47. USC Shoah Foundation
48. USC (SJP) Students for Justice in Palestine
49. World Without Genocide