It’s a portentous time. It’s comparable in its import to the rallies that resulted in Artsakh and Armenia regaining independence or the first time we took to the streets, fifty years after the Genocide started.
With the leadership of the Republic of Armenia on a path to giving away our birthright, it’s no time to be silent.
Fortunately, pretty much everyone agrees that the infamous protocols pave a road to damnation. All three of the traditional political parties, in the Diaspora, and much of the political spectrum ion the Republic are opposed to this foolhardy soccer diplomacy process. There are exceptions, the Armenian Assembly, as usual, is on the wrong side of this issue. A few institutions are waffling. But largely, we’re all in agreement.
Now it’s time for all of us to make our voices heard. If you were too young (or unborn) in 1965 or 1989, here’s your chance.
Attend one of the anti-“Protocols” rallies. There’s one in NY on Saturday, September 19 at noon in front of Armenia’s Mission to the U.N.
There’s another in the LA area on Sunday, September 27, 5-8 pm, in Pelanconi Park (bounded by Glenoaks, Grandview, and Cleveland) in Glendale. This location is within walking distance of at least 10,000 if not 20,000 Armenians, and thrice that are within a radius of three miles.
If neither of these or any others are reasonably accessible to you, organize a gathering and make it a media-publicity attention grabber. This approach will work particularly well in numerically smaller (Armenian) communities.
Not having massive turnouts at these rallies, especially the latter, will earn for us the anathema called for by Avedis Aharonian in his famous, “Should our children forget so much evil, let the whole world revile us with calumny”.
Get out there! Let’s crank up the heat on Yerevan. It’s way past due.
Last Few Days… to Sep. 22
Not everyone reading this can vote for Paul Krekorian, but those that can MUST. It’s essential to get Paul elected. Not only does the City of LA need someone with his brains and judgment, but it’s also another important step in the political coming-of-age of Armenian communities in the U.S.
When Paul wins, he’ll be the first Armenian to hold a seat on the city council of a major U.S. city. It will provide an avenue for more politically oriented young Armenians to access employment and training to further their electoral/governmental careers. He will be a strong voice presenting our community’s concerns.
So get out and vote for Paul and get all your neighbors, friends, and relatives to do the same.
What can you do if you can’t vote because you don’t live in the Second Council District of LA? Volunteer.
There are people to be contacted in these last few days. They must be urged to vote, and vote for Paul. Surely, you can afford a few hours over the weekend, on Monday, or even on Tuesday, September 22, Election Day— if you have daytime availability.
And if neither of the above two options are open to you, you can still contribute money, always an extreme necessity in political campaigns. It’s easy, go to www.paul4council.com.
Let’s do it. Let’s get Paul elected. Pick one or more of the above, and DO IT!