So April is upon us and that means a plethora of Genocide Events all over the world. We have more than our fair share here in LA, this weekend we will have over 10 events culminating on Monday with the Protest in front of the Consulate and the Rally in Little Armenia. Although I'm in no way going to be able to attend all of these events, I will attend some on behalf of the Never Again Campaign (I'll pause here for a short digression on what this is).
The Never Again Campaign, a sub-committee under the Armenian fraternity Alpha Epsilon Omega, sells black and red wristbands about the Armenian Genocide (we also sell Lapel pins and t-shirts). All of our proceeds go to organizations that are spreading awareness, education, and recognition about the Armenian Genocide (Zoryan Insitute and Genocide Education Project among others). So please visit our website and support us
Now that I'm done with the shameless plug-in, back to Genocide Events. The sheer number of them forces me to say that most are just a waste of time and resources. I hate to be blunt about this, but what is the point of commemorating the Armenian Genocide if it isn't recognized? These events largely preach to the choir. However, there are some events that are quite informative, such as the one tonight at the United Community Church. Ragip Zarakolu, a Turkish scholar who recognizes the Armenian Genocide, will be speaking. So I guess not all are bad, and more events mean more opportunites for the Never Again campaign to sell our products.
Of course, the big one is on Monday with the protest and the rally; should be quite interesting. I'll be at the protest selling Never Again merchandise, so I hope to see a good turnout. I'm sure now that I'm advertising it on my blog the millions of readers will flock just to see me there (sarcasm). Seriously though, having the community come together is nice to see, hope this weekend goes well for all.