Euphoric, human flood, insanely well behaved, overwhelming, pride, second largest demonstration in Los Angeles history, thrilling, tremendous – these are all terms that I heard to describe the 130,000 people who started marching in Hollywood’s Little Armenia on April 24th, then massed in front of the building housing the Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles.…
This year, April 24th found me in Arizona.
It will come as no surprise that during these days of intense activity on the occasion of the Genocide’s centennial, some serious discussions occur, despite how occupied everyone is with this intense activity. Some are inspiring, others banal; some irritating, others activating; some profound, others superficial; some with the usual activist suspects, others with people who have just come on or returned to the scene; some constructive, others distracting.
It’s been a while since I’ve told humorous, telling, inspiring, and sometimes even instructive, stories from election campaigns.
Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first: I am not related to the subject of this article.
Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, in that order, will wrap up their election cycles over the next few weeks.
I must give credit to fellow columnist, Harut Sassounian, for inspiring this piece with his “10 Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24″ that appeared last week.
In just over a month, it will crescendo. It has already begun.
You were undoubtedly pleased over the last few weeks when you read about Los Angeles and Portland dropping disgusting Dick Gephardt, the former House Speaker and Genocide recognition advocate who sold his soul to Turkish government denialists in exchange for millions of dollars, as their lobbyist.
Armenians have two recent victories to celebrate, the Starbucks snafu and toppling of a proposed Ataturk statue in the City of Carson before it was even erected.