LOS ANGELES—On April 24, Armenian-Americans worldwide will commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The Los Angeles-based Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of the Western United States (AGCC-WUSA) is organizing a the March For Justice, which will unite people of different backgrounds as they come together to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The March for Justice will be the only commemorative event taking place on April 24.
The March for Justice is the largest in the series of AGCC-WUSA hosted events. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. in Little Armenia, the March will begin at the corner of Western and Sunset Boulevard. Participants will march in solidarity for 6 miles to the Turkish Consulate in the Wilshire District to protest the Turkish government’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide. This Pan-Armenian March will unite, without exception, the Armenian community in its quest for justice while demonstrating collective strength and spirit. Members of other ethnic organizations will also be joining the March to stand in solidarity against the Turkish Government’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide. Protesters will thank those who have helped to spread awareness of the Armenian Genocide, and those who work tirelessly to prevent genocide elsewhere in the world.
In remembrance of the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Government, the AGCC-WUSA encourages all businesses to close their stores and join the March for Justice. In order to obtain signage showing that your business is closed for the commemoration, you may contact the ANCA-WR office at (818) 500-1918.
The AGCC-WUSA has launched a social media campaign asking individuals to publish a short video stating that they will be “marching to justice on April 24.” To participate in this campaign, individuals can tape a short video of themselves on their cellular devices and post it on their personal social media account with the hashtag #MarchForJustice and #ArmenianGenocide.
In the coming weeks the AGCC-WUSA will be announcing bus and parking locations for those traveling to Little Armenia. For more information about the March for Justice please visit march4justice.org or visit facebook.com/agccwusa. Updates about the March for Justice, including parking locations will be posted both on the website and on Facebook.
The AGCC-WUSA was established to steer and coordinate the multifaceted commemorative activities in the Western United States and is composed of nineteen Armenian organizations, including religious institutions. The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide signifies a global demand for justice by Armenians worldwide and all people of good will. The Centennial marks one of the 20th century’s greatest crimes against humanity. In 1915, the Turkish Government began a premeditated and systematic campaign to uproot the Armenian population from its ancestral homeland and slaughter 1.5 million defenseless men, women and children. Turkey must finally acknowledge its responsibility for the Genocide and make appropriate moral, financial and territorial restitution, as mandated by the fundamental norms of international law and civilized society.