AYF Announces Genocide Commemoration T-shirt

The AYF t-shirts

GLENDALE—For the second year in a row, the Armenian Youth Federation – Western Region decided to print a community T-shirt to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. With that a decision was also made to start a design contest for the design of the shirt.

Over the past month, the AYF-WR held the Contest with all the Western Prelacy Armenian Schools. After countless submission, the AYF decided that the winner of the community shirt for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide was Osheen Manukyan from Chamlian Armenian School.

The T-shirts will be passed out at all the Prelacy Schools as well as sold at cost of printing to anyone who would like the shirt by the Armenian Youth Federation. The cost of the T-shirts will be $5 and will be available on www.AYFWest.org.

Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian-American youth organization in the United States working to advance the social, political, educational, and cultural awareness of Armenian-American youth.


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  1. Arsen Mashoian said:

    Whoever designed these should be given a medal of honour, so sad but so true.
    Long live the Armenians all over the world,
    Be proud, be Armenian

  2. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    This poetry or the lyric can be transformed to a Song…

    Any singer interested to sing…
    You can add famous “Al Ayloughs music” of Gomidas/Komitas …
    Anyone interested let him take by all means
    I wish I had nice vocal cords to sing (Sylva)

    Obama…Why… Why.. Why… Why…?
    “Screams from Souls of Armenian Genocide”

    Obama with his Angel-Pink-Passionate-Heart…

    Politics crushed it…became heartless…

    Show your face,
    You our Dear, Real, Brave Human Obama…

    As We praised and voted for you …

    (be the Lincoln of the new America)

    Why you changed…


    Shame on you… don’t pretend blind…
Show your tongue, what you said at 2008

    You said from your Innocent Pink Heart
    It was “A True Genocide”

    Why You changed …


    Why you denied after you became president…?

    You-Are… A Poet, Doctor of Justice…
    Did you tear genes of your stanzas…?


    You allowed them to play on your astrocytes*…?
Crushing your “Angel-Pink-Passionate Heart”…!

    Why…Why…Why…and endless countless Whys…

Screams from souls of Armenian Genocide…”

    Dr. Sylva Portoian

    April 24, 2013


    *star shape brain cells: it is a medical term

  3. K Zildjian said:

    Where can one buy the t-shirt? There’s nothing on the site???

  4. john Ahmaranian said:

    The idea and desigh are perfect. My suggestion: Would not be better if the scipt was put
    in the past tense? “You have cut…You have burnt…”

  5. john Ahmaranian said:

    The idea and disign are perfect.
    My suggestion: Wouldn’t it better if the script had been put in past tense: “You have cut…You have burnt…”

  6. Daron said:

    The message on the T-shirt is very passive… and if you think they “will never touch my roots”, you are in a dream land. Why do you think we have Diasporas all over the world. As far as I can say, they did uproot my ancestors from their homeland. One of the consequences of that uprooting is the establishment of AYF in the US. I believe, if the Turkish authorities recognize a minor opportunity they will seize the moment and uproot rest of the Armenians from their ancestral land for good. That said, this T-shirt does not express the true spirit of AYF nor it expresses our anger and resolve as a nation regarding the crime of the Genocide.

  7. Sevag said:

    I believe the message on shirt is as true as can be. Even tho they have kicked us out of our lands, we are all Armenian. The Armenian Language is still alive, the Armenian Culture is still Alive! Roots does not literally mean roots, it means that we are still Armenian, and we will forever stay Armenian.

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