The #DivestTurkey initiative began in order to connect and provide resources for university students and activists on campuses across America to divest all holdings in the Republic of Turkey’s government until reparations for the Armenian Genocide are met and until genocide is no longer a profitable venture
The resolution is an initiative started in part by the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Western United States- a grassroots community organization dedicated to justice for the Armenian cause and the Armenian people.
“Following three successful divestment resolutions throughout the UC system, there was mounting pressure for UC Davis to follow suit and I am extremely proud to be a part of an institution that rightfully denounced Armenian Genocide denial,” said Tamar Tatoian, a third year Biological Sciences major and the UC Davis ASA President. “It is so important for our students to be educated about these human rights issues, and be knowledgeable about where their money is going and how that may be fueling denial campaigns. This issue is one that Armenian students and our allies have been plagued with our whole lives, and it is immensely important to me that we see progress within our lifetimes, and I am grateful to have been able to actively contribute to that progress through the divestment process.”
For any questions, comments or inquiries on the #DivestTurkey campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the world, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian youth.