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  • ANC MI: Activists Protest Appearance of Abraham Foxman in Birmingham

    Date: April 1, 2008
    Armenian National Committee of Michigan
    19310 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128
    Contact: Armen Derderian
    Tel: 248-635-7896


    Birmingham, MI- On Wednesday, March 26, 2008, protesters gathered
    in front of the Birmingham Community House to protest the
    appearance of Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-
    Defamation League (ADL), reported the Armenian National Committee
    of Michigan (ANC of MI).

    The peaceful rally, which drew activists from all over Michigan,
    was led by the local chapters of the Armenian Revolutionary
    Federation and the Armenian Democratic Liberal Organization. For
    two hours, activists held signs and distributed information about
    the ADL to those attending the event. It was later discovered that
    Mr. Foxman had unexpectedly canceled his appearance at the event.

    "The Armenian community will not be silenced when it comes to
    speaking out on the truth," commented ANC of MI Chairman Armen
    Derderian. "We will continue to work here in Michigan and
    throughout the nation to expose the Abraham Foxman's complicity of
    denial on this important human rights issue."

    Prior to the demonstration, on Sunday, March 23, 2008 the
    organizing bodies placed a full-page advertisement in the Observer
    & Eccentric newspaper. The article entitled "Shame on You Abraham
    H. Foxman" alerted readers to the ongoing controversies of the
    ADL's denial, as well as educated the public about the Armenian

    Since August2007, the ADL has been under pressure from a series of
    grassroots protests, led by the Armenian National Committee along
    with progressive Jewish figures, to change its policy regarding the
    Armenian Genocide. Armenian and several Jewish leaders remain
    concerned as the ADL continues to use equivocal, euphemistic
    phrasing to describe the events of 1915, and openly opposes the
    Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res. 106, which was passed by the
    House Foreign Affairs Committee by a 27 to 21 vote on October 10,

    Recently, former ADL Regional Director for the New England Region,
    Andrew H. Tarsy, who was fired for calling upon the ADL National
    Director Abe Foxman to reverse the organization's policy and
    properly characterize the Armenian Genocide, has teamed up with
    Facing History and Ourselves. This Brookline-based educational
    organization focuses on preventing prejudice by teaching about the
    Holocaust and other examples of genocide.

    The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest
    and most influential Armenian American grassroots political
    organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices,
    chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated
    organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the
    concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of

    Photo Caption#1: Armenian community activists gathered outside the
    Birmingham Community House'photo credit Edward L. Mullins

    Photo Caption #2: Community activists hold up signs and pass out
    flyers to onlookers

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress