Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s privatization proposal threatens to leave thousands of uninsured, elderly Armenian and Latino patients without adequate health care.
Join the AYF, concerned Glendale residents, and health care workers for a community forum on what Antonovich’s plan for Glendale Health Center would really mean for the community. Together, we will discuss how we can stop the Supervisor’s misguided plan and improve health care services that meet our needs.
Community Forum on Glendale Health Center Saturday, February 20, 2010 10:00am to 11:30am
United Community Church
401 E. Colorado Street (across from main church)
Glendale, CA 91205
Contact Michelle Salas at (213) 447-3252 Click here to RSVP
Before the forum, make your voice heard!
Don’t let Supervisor Antonovich move forward without our voices being heard. Together we can send a strong message and improve health services for our community. Join us at the community forum or write a letter the LA County Board of Supervisors by clicking here: http://721.seiu.org/glendalehealth.
The AYF Fresno “Kevork Chavoush” Chapter is hosting a AYF Revolutionary Getaway from March 12th-14th, 2010. The Weekend Will highlight a revolutionary song night featuring world renowned singer Karnig Sarkissian on the evening of March 13th, 2010.
The event will mark the 89th anniversary of when Armenian Hero Soghomon Tehlirian carried out his actions and duties against Turkish leader Talaat Pasha, who was one of the conspirators of the Armenian Genocide. In commemoration of this event, the Fresno “Kevork Chavoush” Chapter would like to celebrate the life of Soghomon Tehlirian and bring the AYF as well as all Armenians together to remember those who have fallen to the hands of the Turks in the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian Genocide.
Please join us on this evening for a fun fulfilled evening, with great entertainment by Singer Karnig Sarkissian.
Tickets: $30, including mezza.
DATE: Saturday, March 13-14, 2010 TIME: 8:00pm LOCATION: Armenian Community Center ADDRESS: 2348 E. Ventura, Fresno CA
According to the United States Constitution, the Census must count every person living in the United States every ten years. What many people don’t realize is that Census numbers are closely tied with funding and political representation.
Funding at the Federal, State and local levels is usually divided up according to population, and that means Census numbers. Will your community get its fair share of funding dollars?
Sample Census form with directions
Census Partnership Specialist Anahit Tovmasyan does outreach to the Armenian community in Southern California on behalf of the Census. She points out that back in 2000, only one third of the Armenians living in Unites States had been identified as Armenians by the Census.
“An accurate Census count of Armenian-Americans will ensure that Armenians will have a stronger voice and better political representation to address the needs of our community,” she says, explaining that this is all the more important in “these hard economic times. “We need to make sure that the communities we work, live, pray and play in have access to their share of resources.”
“The Armenian community is dynamic and plays a significant role in the United States, Tovmasyan explains. ” Through the collaborative efforts of faith and community based organizations, schools, and businesses, we can make sure all Armenians are counted.”
When filling out the Census questionnaire, Anahit reminds us that people can check more than one box in the category for race. “Many Armenians will check the box for ‘white’ and also check the box for ‘other’ and write in ‘Armenian.'”
She stresses, however, that “the best thing you can do is to fill out the form and mail it back without waiting for someone to come to your door. That saves the taxpayers money, and ensures that your community will be counted.”
The Census does not share personal information (like your name) with any other government agency – not with Immigration, not with the I.R.S, and not with law enforcement. The Census counts every person – regardless of age, race ethnicity or legal residential status. In fact, the Census form doesn’t even ask about a person’s citizenship status.
Census participation is safe, simple, and important.
The Census is in your hands! Don’t pass up this opportunity to help our communities and the future generations of America.
There are several ways that you can participate in raising awareness of the 2010 Census in your own community.
We recently came across the “Electro Oriental Dub” music of an Armenian-French artist named Fedayi Pacha.
His unique fusion of Jamaican-rooted dub and Middle Eastern sounds has earned him quite a name and following. But, although he has put out two albums and toured throughout Europe, Fedayi Pacha still remains somewhat of a mystery (word is he always performs with a hood on and stays out of the public eye).
The AYF Phoenix “Kedashen” Chapters is hosting its 4th Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 7:00 pm.
This event will be taking place at the Armenian Apostolic church located at 8849 East Cholla St. Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
Tickets will be sold for a donation price of $35.00 which will include good food, healthy family environment, and great entertainment provided by DJ M3. Come and show your support to the AYF Phoenix “Kedashen” Chapter.
For more information, please feel free to contact Taleen by phone at (602)579-6110 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Jacqueline by phone at (480)232-9673 or via email at email@example.com.
Below is the text of a speech given by Vaché Thomassian, a member of the Hollywood “Musa Dagh” AYF Chapter and of the United Human Rights Council (UHRC). It was given at the UHRC’s second annual “Opposite of Silence” event in Glendale, Calif on January 15. The event aimed to bring together Armenians and Kurds, and to pay tribute to those activists in Turkey who have been targeted, harassed, or murdered for their efforts to advance human rights, Armenian Genocide recognition, freedom of speech, equality, and democracy. The keynote speaker of the event was Kani Xulam, the executive director of the American Kurdish Information Network.
Commonality In Struggle BY VACHÉ THOMASSIAN
A lot of things are taken for granted. In our daily lives we wake up, go to class, go to work, check our emails, check our Facebook, go out, live our lives, often times taking the smallest things, usually the most important things for granted. Things like our ability to freely express ourselves, the ability to have opinions, to make them, argue about them. The ability to stand up and speak. The ability to hear and be heard.
Here in the United States, the free speech movement in the 1960’s was a pivotal time in developing and shaping our country’s activist spirit. It was a time when students stood up to authority to demand their right to express themselves. This spirit was captured by the immortal words of Mario Savio on the steps of Sproul Hall in Berkeley when he said:
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all!
This was the movement that secured free speech and academic freedom here in America.
In a place like Turkey where the call to speak is an invitation to prosecution, to harassment, in a place where historical truths do not exist, where contemporary human rights are trampled, minority rights are unfathomable, women’s rights unimaginable it takes courage and it takes conscience to speak. That is the common quality spotlighted by individuals like Layla Zana, Akin Birdal and Erin Keskin—the courage to see a wrong and speak out about it, ignoring the personal consequences.
There is no better example of the consequences of allowing Turkey to get away with Genocide then what is happening to the Kurds today. The news headlines about the Kurdish question hits especially close to home for Armenians: “Community leaders arrested”, “Violence in the streets”, “Demonstrators beaten or killed”, “Political parties banned”…all in the name of preserving the Turkish nation…protecting Turkishness…sounds all too familiar.
When we talk about the Armenian Cause we have to talk of it as an issue of justice for humanity and we shouldn’t limit our vision to securing the rights of just Armenians, but instead affirm the idea that Turkey as a nation must free its people, end its occupations and be saved from itself. Until those who live in exile, those that live in fear, those that live in silence, Kurds and Armenians can lose the shackles that they still wear.
Recently, Turkey has tried diplomatically strong-arming the weak and inept government of Armenia with protocols that would undermine Armenian Genocide recognition efforts. Recently also, deceitful claims by Turkey of making peace with the Kurdish Worker’s Party have again resulted in violence, arrests and killings. The “TheArmenian Issue”and “TheKurdish issue” remain top priorities among the list of taboos in Turkish society. Taboos that are punished by Article 301.
Only by confronting these taboos of their society through open, honest and meaningful dialogue, without prosecution or arrest, can there be a revolution of values in Turkey, when the historic rights of Armenians who were slaughtered in Genocide and removed through deportation are respected, where the natural rights of the world’s largest landless minority, the Kurdish people’s right to exist is respected.
Only then, not through any other hollow means can there be a shift from Turkish ultanationalist arrogance towards real peace.
In this world the ideas of power and powerlessness chase each other around in a perpetual circle of conflict. One struggles to attain and maintain its vise-grip while the other struggles to find a voice and fight for its liberty.
Those of us who have only ever lived in a democracy, however flawed, would find it hard to imagine living a state of powerlessness. The fear of reprisal for expressing your thoughts, the hesitation felt before opening your mouth. Living your life constantly looking over your shoulder. Like Hrant Dink said in his last article before being murdered, “I am just like a pigeon, equally obsessed by what goes on my left, and right, front and back…”
But Dink wanted to turn the boiling hell that he lived in, into a heaven and he saw that the only way to do that was through democracy, through free speech and through respect for all humans.
Our job as activists is to look at the world in its proper perspective. In today’s interconnected world, we can longer isolate ourselves, separate our struggle from the struggles of groups in similar circumstances, we can’t just preach to ourselves and hope for the best. The struggles of oppressed peoples are like the fingers on your hand. Although each one is independent, each one moves fluidly in its own way they are all connected by the hand that holds them together. Their commonalities far outweigh their differences. And only when the fingers come together, only when they cooperate and work in concert, can they form a fist that can protect their rights and ensure their vitality.
Our job as activists is to open our eyes to the world, to the voiceless, to stand when they cannot stand and to speak when they are silenced.
In the memory of Hrant Dink, in solidarity with the likes of Ayse Gunaysu, Elif Shafak, Layla Zana, and individuals like Kani Xulam. In solidarity with their struggle and making that struggle our own.
GLENDALE–The Armenian Youth Federation released on Monday, February 1, the Winter 2010 issue of its Haytoug magazine. The issue titled, “Some Things Are Not For Sale,” will be available, free of charge, at community centers, schools, local book stores and the AYF Central Office. See a list of distribution points at the end of this release. For a complete city-by-city list, visit Haytoug.org/impact.
The entire issue will also be available on the new Haytoug website, Haytoug.org, along with PDF archives spanning the three decade legacy of the publication. Haytoug readers can also sign up for a free subscription to receive this and every issue directly in their mailbox at: haytoug.org/subscribe
This much anticipated issue presents a critical look into the uncertain juncture the Armenian nation has come to after nearly two decades of independence and statehood.
This juncture, the proposed Armenia-Turkey protocols, threatens to sacrifice the rights, dignity and interests of the Armenian people on the altar of political and economic expediency. The issue investigates the vested interests behind the dramatic rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey and how the growing disparity between the rich and powerful in the homeland has jeopardized countless years of relentless work in regaining the Armenian nation’s birthrights and legally designated homelands.
Though in this chaos and difficult attempts at democracy, there are many heartwarming stories of hope. In this issue, readers will meet Armenian-Americans strengthening their communities and working toward a better Armenia and members of the AYF’s Youth Corp who traveled to the Homeland each summer to set-up a day camp for underprivileged children.
This Haytoug also includes inspiring stories from the Artsakh liberation struggle. It also brings to readers a passionate call for repatriation, the urgent need for all Armenians to unite and do the work required to ensure the sanctity of our national and historical interests, and to declare that our nation, collective homeland and history are not for sale.