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  • Armenian Americans Gather To Protest Syria Strikes


    September 11, 2013 - 18:31 AMT

    PanARMENIAN.Net - More than 200 community members gathered Monday,
    Sept 9, at the Glendale Youth Center to join the Armenian National
    Committee of America, Glendale chapter, Civic Action,
    CREDO Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), The Martin
    Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and Win Without War, in
    order to voice their opposition to U.S. military strikes against Syria.

    Thousands of people throughout the nation were hosting such vigils.

    After a short welcome by ANCA Glendale's Executive Director, Talar
    Malakian, and a prayer, Seto Boyadjian, the Chairman of the ANCA
    National Board, Caro Avanessian, the Chairman of the California
    Armenian American Democrats, and Glendale Unified School District
    President Nayiri Nahabedian spoke out against military intervention in
    Syria by the United States. They stressed the importance of finding
    diplomatic solutions while also sending more humanitarian aid to
    suffering communities in need, including over 100,000 Syrians of
    Armenian descent living in Syria.

    Berdj Karapetyan, Chairman of the ANCA Glendale Board concluded with
    final remarks and asked community members to gather around a board
    filled with pictures from the Syrian crisis, in the back of the room.

    After a moment of silence for the lives lost, the lit candles were
    circulated and everyone was ushered out of the hall and to St. Mary's
    Apostolic Church. Many returned to write messages for peace that were
    pinned to the board. Many also sent emails to their representatives
    on iPads provided by ANCA Glendale.

    "We are gathered to commemorate the lives lost but to also show that
    we are opposed to more violence. The only way to achieve peace is
    through diplomacy," said ANCA Glendale Executive Director, Talar
    Malakian. "We need to urge our representatives to remember that."

    Community members were supposed to join a delegation to Congressman
    Adam Schiff's Hollywood office Tuesday, to urge him to vote against
    the authorization to strike.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress