Burbank for Armenia presented this week what the organization believes is the city’s first public mural depicting Armenian culture.
The group unveiled the mural, created by local resident Pauline Hacopian, during an event on Monday. Displayed on an exterior wall of the Nexus Auto Group and facing North Edison Boulevard, the piece incorporates several aspects of both Armenia and the Los Angeles area.
By Lucy Petrosian Special to the Glendale News-Press
From 1915-1923, the international community stood by as Ottoman Turkey brutally slaughtered and displaced more than 1.5 million men, women and children. During the early 20th century, courageous efforts like the Near East Relief — americawethankyou.org — aimed to rescue victims of massacres and provide aid to hundreds of thousands of refugees, but little was done to stop the killing or deal with the consequences of genocide. The inaction of the world emboldened Turkey’s policy of genocide denial, and for decades they aimed to hijack American foreign policy attempting to rewrite history. Today, President Joe Biden has an opportunity to join 49 of the 50 states, as well as dozens of nations around the world, to break that wall of silence and properly recognize the Armenian genocide. By acknowledging history, our government will put the United States on the right side of history, will further isolate Turkey in its historical revisionism and will take an important step toward real justice for the genocide. Most importantly, this step will put other oppressive governments on notice that crimes against humanity cannot and will not be tolerated. More than a century after the Armenian genocide, indigenous Armenians continue to face wanton violence and persecution. Beginning in September of last year, Azerbaijan, with support from Turkey, waged a 44-day assault on Artsakh — seizing territories and killing thousands. Sadly, the world’s response was similar for both instances: silence. It is time to break this silence, speak the truth, and, more importantly, take action for the sake of the past, present and future.
Lucy Petrosian is the chairwoman of the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America.
At a colorful, well-stocked display set up in the quad last week, a rotating collection of the 50 La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club members lured their peers with pastries and sandwiches and then opened up about some of their culture history.
“We’re trying to raise awareness about the culture, maybe diminish stereotypes,” said Haig Manoukian, a junior who is the club’s president. “But also to raise awareness of the genocide.” Continue reading “Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness”
From 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were taken from their homes and businesses and systematically annihilated by the then Ottoman government.
The sheer number of deaths is enough for us to pause and reflect. Of the 2 million Armenians living under the Ottoman Empire, 1.5 million were massacred — 1.5 million lives, taken forever. Continue reading “‘We Are Still the Mountain’”