“Democracy is incomplete and lacking without socialism,” reads the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) manifesto. Socialism is mentioned in the ARF manifesto nearly twenty times, yet today, it seems to be a concept not many people in the community think about or even understand.
On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., the AYF Montebello “Vahan Cardashian” Chapter will be hosting an educational and mixer called “What is Socialism?” The interactive event is centered around the formation of socialist theory, history and it’s roots in the ideology of the ARF. Time will be allotted after the event for discussion.
“As members of a socialist organization, we need to think of new ways to implement socialism in our daily lives while advocating for more socialist forms of government in Armenia and anywhere Armenian-Americans live,” said Nicole Felikian, a member of “Vahan Cardashian.”
The speakers include Dr. Razmig Shirinian, who will cover the socialist influences during the formation of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, and Nare Kupelian, who will speak on the history and birth of socialist theory.
The event will be livestreamed for those who can not be present.
Dr. Razmig Shirinian is a professor of Political Science at the College of the Canyons. Nare Kupelian is pursuing a PhD in History at the University of California, Los Angeles.