LOS ANGELES–Alternative Radio Host David Barsamian mesmerized an audience of over 1,000 who packed the Homenetmen Ararat Hall on the Friday before April 24 for the "Rally Against Genocide Denial."
Organized by the ARF Shant Student Association–Armenian Youth Federation–the Armenian National Committee (ANC) Professional network–along with the ANC–the dynamic rally proved–yet again–that the Armenian youth in the Los Angeles area are serious in their pursuit of justice for the Armenian Genocide.
The no-nonsense Barsamian began saying that the issue of Armenian Genocide recognition must consistently be pushed forward.
April is the cruelest month–breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land–mixing
Memory and desire–stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
"And so," said Barsamian–having quoted T.S. Elliot–"April is truly is the cruelest month," singling out the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide and the number of deaths this month–thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of US soldiers–the greatest since the US occupation of Iraq.
In addressing the issue of denial–Barsamian said that Armenia’s are not victims–and should never place themselves in that role. "We are not victims–we are not supplicates," thus should never beg for justice. "It’s an issue of morality and justice," he added–that requires assertiveness in advancing an issue that is long overdue.
The program also featured National Assembly (NA) of Armenia member and ARF NA faction leader Levon Mkrtchian–renditions of patriotic songs–visual presentations–and addresses by activists and political figures.