GLENDALE—Residents of Glendale Burbank, Crescenta Valley, Hollywood, Pasadena and surrounding areas will hold a candlelight vigil at the Krikor and Mariam Karamanoukian Glendale Youth Center on Monday evening to urge their U.S. Senators and House of Representatives to vote against bombing Syria. The event in Glendale is part of a national day of action being organized by the progressive organizations MoveOn.org Civic Action, CREDO Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), and Win Without War. Similar vigils will take place in nearly one hundred cities across the country on Monday.
At the vigil, local residents will urge Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer as well as Representatives Adam Schiff, Howard McKeon, Judy Chu, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra and others to avoid another unnecessary and costly war and vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution expected to be debated soon in Congress.
The local organizer for the event, the Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale (ANCA-Glendale), spokesperson Berdj Karapetian, said, “We are opposed to military intervention in Syria because it will not save the lives of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire between the supporters of Syria’s ruling faction and armed opponents trying to topple the Syrian President.”
WHO: ANCA-Glendale and local residents opposed to military intervention in Syria
WHAT: Candlelight vigil to urge Members of Congress to vote against military action in Syria.
WHERE: Glendale Youth Center, 211 West Chestnut Street, Glendale, 91204.
WHEN: Monday, September 9, at 7 p.m.
The ANCA-Glendale and its parent organization the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) issued action alerts last week calling on Armenian-Americans to communicate their opposition to US Military Action. The letter sent by the ANCA and its supporters to members of Congress states it is taking into account the horrific human suffering that armed conflict has already visited across Syria, including the death and destruction being endured, to this day, by Armenians and other Christian communities. The ANCA letter goes on to state, “An escalation in aggression can neither save lives nor help bring about peace.” Read the ANCA action alert.
Syria is home to more than 100,000 Syrian’s of Armenian ancestry. Armenians were marched into the deserts of Syria during the 1915 Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government of the time. Survivors settled in Aleppo, Damascus, Kessab and other cities and help rebuild Syria after the fall of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.
The Armenian-American Community has raised several million dollars in relief aid for residents of Syria. Learn more about the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund based in California.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and civil rights of the city’s Armenian-American community and promotes increased civic participation and awareness at the grassroots and public policy levels.