AYF Launches 'Yes, It's Genocide' Video Contest
Calls on Activists to Tell Obama to Honor His Pledge on the Armenian and Darfur Genocides
LOS ANGELES, CA --NEW YORK, NY --WASHINGTON DC -- In conjunction with Serj's powerful new song, "Yes, It's Genocide," the Armenian Youth Federation has launched a special contest calling on all concerned citizens to stand up and demand the truth from Obama.
Anti-genocide activists are being asked to submit a 30-second-to-1-minute video clip on the AYF Website explaining why it is vital for the President to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide and take action to end the cycle of genocide.
Clips can be submitted on the AYF's Website at: ayfwest.org/yesitsgenocide
Serj Tankian, ANCA and AYF Launch “Yes, It’s Genocide” Campaign Urging Pres. Obama to Recognize the Armenian Genocide and Stop the Killing in Darfur
Online Kick-Off Set in Weeks Leading to September 21 st Debut of Tankian's “Imperfect Harmonies” Album Featuring Song Dedicated to Victims of All Genocides
WASHINGTON, DC – LOS ANGELES, CA – NEW YORK, NY: Grammy-winning multi-platinum singer/song writer Serj Tankian has teamed with the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) in calling on President Obama to honor his pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide and take decisive action to end the genocide in Darfur, with the launch of the “Yes, It's Genocide” campaign.
The effort, named in honor of the song of the same name to be released on September 21st on Tankian's “Imperfect Harmonies” album, encourages Tankian fans and anti-genocide activists to visit http://www.anca.org/yesitsgenocide and send a free ANCA Webmail to President Obama to take immediate action.
“We are honored to team up with Serj and the AYF once again to expand Armenian Genocide education and anti-genocide activism through this innovative ‘Yes, It's Genocide' campaign,” stated ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “No doubt, President Obama's actions to date on the Armenian and Darfur Genocides have fallen far short of his own commitments and, more importantly, of the core American values that should guide our nation's policies. Together, through continued vigilance, increased outreach and broad grassroots activism, we must, as citizens, create the political will necessary to compel our government to deal truthfully and justly with all genocides.”
AYF Western U.S. Chairman Arek Santikian concurred, stating “As activists and concerned citizens, it is our duty to struggle against crimes against humanity at every turn. Serj's recording of this powerful new song provides us with yet another opportunity to raise awareness and inspire the youth to take action. We commend his long track-record of standing up for social justice and look forward to this opportunity to work together."
Tankian has invited the AYF and ANCA to expand genocide education outreach to his concert venues, with “Yes, It's Genocide” activism tables set up at the September 18 th Greek Theater show in Los Angeles and the October 3 rd New York Show at the Hammerstein auditorium. AYF members will be providing information about the Armenian Genocide and the current situation in Darfur and encouraging fans to send their message to President Obama to honor his commitment to ending the cycle of genocide. Additional concert venues featuring “Yes, It's Genocide” activism tables will be announced as they become available. Tickets to these and all concerts in Tankian's “Imperfect Harmonies” tour are available at http://www.serjtankian.com .