In the 1960’s and 70’s, following the example of activism born in the U.S. with protests against the Vietnam War and support for civil rights, the AYF also took to the streets to speak out for justice for the Armenian Genocide. For over two decades, the AYF has organized an annual protest in front of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles on April 24th, the international day of commemoration for the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide.
With thousands of participants, the majority of whom are youth, the protest is the largest and longest-running Armenian Genocide recognition assembly comprised of young Armenians in the United States. It also attracts large-scale media coverage from major television and print news outlets throughout the country.
The AYF prepared young Armenians to be leaders within their community and active citizens fighting for the just cause of their people.
The AYF is at the forefront of the international campaign demanding recognition and justice for the Armenian Genocide.
The demonstration is a symbolic focal point for the community and represents the AYF’s year-long struggle to gain proper recognition and restitution for the crime of genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government.
If you would like more information about this year’s protest or how to get involved, please contact us at AYF@AYFwest.org.