GLENDALE–In its first large-scale fact strip distribution of 2005–the United Human Rights Council (UHRC) members visited Armenian grocery stores in both Glendale and Pasadena on January 29–providing them with informative flyers about human rights abuses committed by the Turkish government. Store clerks and managers were urged to place the flyers on their check-out counters for customers to pick up.
According to Ani Garibyan–one of the organizers of Saturday’s action–the UHRC regularly carries out such fact strip distributions in order to raise the awareness of Armenian consumers’ susceptible to buying Turkish products. "We figure that if we want to stop Armenia’s from buying Turkish products–the best thing to do is to directly go to the stores where they shop," stated Garibyan.
Several store owners received the fact strips enthusiastically–with some even insisting on putting them in the grocery bags of customers.
In addition–the UHRC members conducted a survey of Armenian shoppers at the stores they visited–asking them a series of questions regarding Turkish products being sold in Armenian stores–including whether or not they realized that the Turkish government receives tax revenue from companies exporting such products to the US. The results will be used to help structure future campaigns aimed towards ridding Turkish products from Southern California stores.
The United Human Rights Council (UHRC)–by means of action on a grassroots level–works toward correcting the human rights violations of those governmen’s who distort–deny–and delude their own history to disguise past and present genocides–massacres–and human rights violations. The UHRC is a collective of concerned citizens–including a diverse spectrum of members and supporters from various community-based organizations and student associations of universities and colleges.