SALT LAKE CITY, Utah–Armenian National Committee Utah activists attended on Monday a Serj Tankian concert at In the Venue where they met with the activist-musician to discuss initiatives and strategies for genocide recognition and prevention
After a spectacular show, ANC Utah Chairman Sarkis Bekearian met with Serj Tankian and band member Erwin Kachikian. Tankian, who has been instrumental in raising Genocide awareness, discussed the importance of ANC initiatives, including H.Res.106.
"It was an amazing experience to not only attend Serj Tankian’s concert but to meet with him as well," exclaimed Sarkis Bekearian. "We are extremely proud of Serj as he has been an influential role model for the Armenian youth in Utah and worldwide. He was gracious enough to meet with us and share his thoughts and ideas regarding the significance of educating Armenia’s and non-Armenia’s to end the cycle of genocide," he added.
Tankian also discussed with ANC Utah activists his involvement with the film Screamers. The documentary, which follows System of a Down’s personal campaign to end the cycle of genocide, which has made an impact on millions throughout the US. It has educated many who might otherwise not have been aware of the Armenian, Cambodian, Rwandan and Darfur genocides, the latter of which is currently taking place.
The ANC of Utah advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.