Armenians and Progressive Politics to Host David Barsamian

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David Barsamian to Speak in Glendale as part of the ARF's "Armenians and Progressive Politics" endeavor

David Barsamian to Speak in Glendale as part of the ARF’s “Armenians and Progressive Politics” endeavor

GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western United States will be hosting an upcoming talk with David Barsamian, as part of its “Armenians and Progressive Politics” initiative. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariam and Kirkor Karamanougian Youth Center in Glendale.

Barsamian’s talk, titled “Rise Up and Resist,” will touch upon what it takes for a people to move from passivity to active resistance. History has presented numerous instances of people defying tyranny and fighting back regardless of the odds. Barsamian will draw upon an example from Nazi Germany, often considered the benchmark of evil. Even though opposition to the regime was highly dangerous, Hans and Sophie Scholl, along with others at the University of Munich, formed the White Rose Movement and called on Germans to recognize their moral duty and overthrow the government. Their resistance led to their arrest and murder in 1943, but their resistance and courage is recognized and honored to this day. Barsamian will attempt to answer just when enough really becomes enough and people are deemed to take certain risks.

The event is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by the Armenian Youth Federation – Western United States, and the ARF Shant Student Association.

As a tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalist, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show “Alternative Radio” and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy, and Edward Said. In his work, he covers world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis, and global rebellions. Barsamian is the recipient of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He has been named by the Institute of Alternative Journalism as one of its “Top Ten media Heroes.” Barsamian has a forthcoming book with Noam Chomsky titled, “Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy.”

The Mariam and Kirkor Karamanougian Youth Center is located at 211 West Chestnut Street, Glendale, CA 91204. Additional parking is available in the adjacent St Mary’s Armenian Church parking lot. For questions please contact Razmig Sarkissian at or by calling (323) 236-4399.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    This discussion should be held in Yerevan. The active resistance should be first directed towards the local and Russian oligarchs who have brought Armenia to its knees for the last quarter century. Once this yoke of repression is removed, then the real work of resistance towards Turkey and its cohorts can begin. We must build internal strengthen and power before tackling larger issues beyond our abilities.