The AYF-YOARF Eastern Region will be holding an event to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in New York City’s Bowling Green Park. This event will feature a broad base of support from AYFers across our region; its purpose is to educate the public on the Armenian Genocide and make noise in the biggest city in the United States. Applications are now live on AYF.org.
The Central Executive is putting the finishing touches on every piece of this weekend, but here is what you need to know:
What: AYF event (a hands-on, interactive demonstration) in an NYC park to raise awareness for the Armenian Genocide
The Central Executive is hosting this event as a weekend package. Because the major Times Square commemoration of the 100th Anniversary will be taking place on Sunday, April 26, we have planned this event to kick off this monumental weekend. The weekend will involve activism, commemoration, celebration, and more. If you sign up and pay, you are giving the AYF your time for the entire day on Saturday, April 25. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
*The CE is STRONGLY encouraging that all who sign up for our event go to Times Square on April 26 as well.
The park event will involve AYF members splitting up into groups to engage the general public. We will ask people to sign their names in red paint or marker on a large white banner within a #TurkeyFailed stencil to symbolize their commitment to justice for human rights and the Armenian Genocide. AYF members will also be handing out informational pamphlets on the Genocide and potentially helping with a name reading ceremony to honor the victims of 1915.
The CE will be covering hotel rooms for Saturday night only. It is up to AYF members to decide whether they will arrive in NJ/NY on Friday or early Saturday morning to arrive by 10 AM.
On Saturday night after our demo, there is a cultural event honoring the Centennial in Patterson, NJ. Click here for more information on this event. CE is covering tickets for all who sign up for our event as well as transportation to/from the concert.
The $30 application fee will cover the following for all AYFers who sign up:
Not included in the app fee:
TIMELINE – Times are subject to change
Saturday, April 25, 2015
10 AM: Members arrive at DoubleTree Hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
9 AM: AYF members go to New Jersey’s Sts. Vartanantz Church and take a bus with the community to Times Square.
The Central Executive will continue to provide more information as details become finalized. We are asking all AYF chapters to share this application and information with your membership so that this event will be a huge success. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to relay them to us at CE@ayf.org.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to our common cause.
Ungeragan Cherm Parevnerov,