AYF-YOARF Eastern Region, USA 2014
“CALL TO ACTION”
Starting with the 78th annual AYF-YOARF Convention in 2011, the AYF-YOARF Central Executive has put forth a Call to Action to its membership every year. The purpose is to inspire ideas and direction while also providing theme(s) for the calendar year as a way to push the membership to act. In the past, the Call to Action was related to the Tebi Javakhk initiative, Artsakh, boosting the ARF ranks and revamping our juniors.
At the 80th annual Convention in 2013, the highest legislative body of the AYF-YOARF voted on a resolution for the Call to Action to be approved at Convention instead of disseminated down by the CE in the early months of a new year. This 2014 Call to Action reflects that resolution.
Given the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is quickly approaching in 2015, the 2013 AYF-YOARF Convention has made the following the “theme” or Call to Action for the organization in 2014:
100th Anniversary & Western Armenia
The preparation for the 100th started long before 2014, but the AYF-YOARF felt as though the year preceding 2015 should focus almost in its entirety on events, plans and goals for the centennial. As part of that, the Convention voted to include Western Armenia in the Call to Action too because a major focus for the 100th is reparations for stolen lands, legal justice and rediscovering our ancestral roots.
The Convention put forth resolutions and discussion focusing on increased collaboration among AYF-YOARF central committees, namely CHTC and CEC in conjunction with CE. The Convention also decided it is necessary to work closely with the ANCA Eastern Region in 2014 and beyond, as well as other sister organizations to create a unified front for the centennial. This also means working to foster sustainable relationships with other ethnic and human rights groups, such as Jews, Greeks, Kurds, Assyrians and the like.
To accomplish this 2014 theme, the AYF-YOARF as a whole broadly will (as voted upon at 2013 Convention):
Plan and execute region-wide events for the 100th anniversary, both on our own as the AYF-YOARF and with sister organizations.
Educate our membership on any and all 100th anniversary plans as well as Western Armenia throughout the course of the year.
Keep the members who serve on CHTC in 2014 on the same committee in 2015 to keep continuity and flow of knowledge intact for the centennial.
Reach out to people of non-Armenian descent — including ethnic groups like Turks, Azeris, Jews, Greeks, Kurds, and Assyrians, activists, and those who support democratic rights for all people — to participate in the centennial.
The 100th anniversary is a once in a lifetime event. It is imperative that the AYF-YOARF establishes itself as a leader in the planning and execution of memorable and historic centennial events. To do so, the entire organization needs to unite and take on the workload. The Central Executive, as the highest administrative body of the AYF-YOARF, will lead the organization, but the membership as a whole needs to work together to accomplish these goals. It is vital that we involve our local communities, our friends and potential friends in executing these plans and broadening our scope of impact.
The AYF-YOARF was created to help the youth of the Diaspora preserve their roots and remain Armenian. Involving the entire Eastern Region – as well as our fellow North American regions and beyond – in the planning of the 100th anniversary is the ideal way to do this and bring our youth together in ways that perhaps have never been done before. We play a key role in each of our communities, in this country and in the world, and taking ownership of our responsibilities in these goals will benefit not only us, but also the posterity of the Armenian cause and the homeland.
The years 2014 and 2015 are turning points for all Armenians and for global consciousness. We cannot afford, as a people, to shy away from initiative or innovation. Each Armenian has value, and all AYF-YOARF members must bring their skillsets to the table in order to advance our goals and beliefs as an independent and united Armenian nation.
We urge all our members to read and understand this carefully and steer chapters in the right direction that the 2013 Convention has implemented for the AYF-YOARF Eastern Region.
**This document can also be found under “By-Laws and Resolutions” on the Circulars page of ayf.org.