The Armenian Genocide – 101st Commemoration in 2016

To The Armenian Community of the World and as well as everyone,

2016 has officially arrived. It is never too early to remind and educate ourselves as well as others that this year in April on the day of the 24th, we must continue to strive to spread and raise awareness of The Armenian Genocide as it marks the 101st commemoration. Let us all continue that same energy we had for the 100th commemoration. We must not stop at 100. Recognition is the key component to prevention. No matter how many years have gone by. Never stop the peaceful demonstrations, the many events and the marching.

We must be big in numbers again all across the world to come together like how we did in 2015.  However even bigger. It speaks in volumes. We should always remember. We are still here on this earth, we have a purpose, we have a mission. It all begins with how we instill that to everyone and the importance of how crucial it is to spread Genocide prevention. Not only in Armenians, but everyone in the world who have been victims of genocide and to kill, torture and so many unspeakable, unimaginable criminal acts that we need to address.

Now, I know some people’s mentality that okay,  the 100th commemoration year of 2015 is now come and gone, next year is the 101st, it won’t matter anymore, and some people will not end up participating in Genocide peaceful demonstrations, and other events. That is what some people have told me and I was absolutely baffled and was in disbelief that some people actually said that. So, I guess the bloodshed of our ancestors and the horrific, and terrible days and years our people went through with all the suffering doesn’t matter anymore. Well, it does matter. These people’s lives were torn upside down, these children did not see life growing up because they were killed, women, men, babies all taken away, displaced, and massacred. They were also left to walk in the desert, and when they were tired and could not walk anymore, The Turks, punched, kicked, slapped and put them down to the ground and demanded them to get going and keep walking. Women were raped from Turkish soldiers too, while their children and spouses watched. We owe it to these victims, our ancestors and be there for them. Not only by just saying prayers and remembering, we must do more by going out and putting our time and effort to raise awareness. It is crucial.

We owe it to these victims, our ancestors and be there for them. Not only by just saying prayers and remembering, we must do more by going out and putting our time and effort to raise awareness. It is crucial. It is a way to pay respect and to take extra measures. I am not just talking about the Armenians, but the whole human race of the world.

The Turkish Ottoman Empire tried to destroy the whole Armenian race and wipe us all off the face of this earth, and they killed 1.5 Million Armenians and they also stole our precious land and our Mount Ararat in 1915. The Turkish Government still denies, lies, as well as make up stories that they never committed such terrible criminal acts to humanity of Armenians, and many other people in Greece as well as other places. They must admit their guilt. Justice and Recognition must be enforced.

Everything starts with how much of an impact we have and can spread around so that history never repeats itself. Where there is a will there is a way.

From:

Talin Orfali

Violence and Gun Violence – When Will it Stop?

In recent news, where the unfortunate happened at an Oregon College in US, where gunman Chris Harper took the lives of 9 people, shooting and killing them when after the suspect was also killed. So many senseless and inhumane acts of violence, and gun violence. When is it going to stop? Does the unimaginable have to happen, so that we can see change, take preventative safety and security measures? So many shootings and killings have happened in the last little while.

Columbine, Sandy Hook, African American Church in Charleston S.C, Aurora Colo Movie theatre, TV news Reporter Alison Parker and her partner Adam ward and Alison who was interviewing Vicki Gardner in August, 2015 who survived at Lake Moneta, Malls, Shopping Plaza’s, on the streets, and anywhere else. You are really not safe anywhere in this world anymore.

Not only in US, but around the world. I can’t even imagine how someone can have the thrill of shooting and killing innocent lives or anyone for that matter. It needs to stop. I know it is easy to say that, but to act on it is a different story. I know the solution. Stop with the wars in the world, initiating violence, stopping on influencing killings of anybody at any age, Absolutely 0 Tolerance on bullying physically and emotionally, putting more supervision in schools, workplaces and other places, taking guns off our streets, educate people that violence, barbaric acts and gun violence is not a joke, nor a thrill. It is a dangerous act that can lead to permanent damage and even worse, can kill someone.

People who lead our world, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and those who govern our world, need to really think about what they are doing, the pressures they put on people, initiating wars, sending innocent troops who have loved ones they leave for years and many months, sending war weapons and vehicles, not taking care of their own countries and people to live and let live. They need to be positive influencers in our lives and they need to make great and positive changes, we need leaders to govern our world who will do it because they want to, and they need to be personable, loving, kind, respectful and do great things for our people and in our world, to make it a better place for all of us. That is a leader. Not someone who is greedy and who promotes violence.

Violent video games of guns and violence also influence as well. Some people who play them may think, hey, if they can shoot and kill people in a video game, they say we can try it in reality and see what happens.

Also, some people get bullied so much physically and emotionally that one day they may reach out to guns and officially snap and kill people uncontrollably at the environment that they were bullied and abused. It all starts with the way people are brought up and who influences them to think its okay to bully others, who promote violence, mental and domestic abuse, allowing them to treat others terribly.

So many people go through so many things in life and we must help them. Include people in our circle, respect each other, give a helping hand, an ear to listen, be kind to one another, love each other, smile, give kind gestures and be the change in the world. Many people want change, but it all starts with how our actions, words that need to be positive, to be great role models, to initiate goodness, not talking behind people’s backs, spreading rumors, to stop making fun of others for the way they look, to stop judging and gossiping about people and things we really know nothing about.

I am absolutely heartbroken and devastated for the victims families, friends, colleagues. Senseless deaths and loss of innocence is so terrible. So many lives that could make a difference in our world, who had so much more life to live, who those people were important and loved by others, families and friend circles that will never be the same again, the grief, mourning and the loss is just completely unbearable. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost loved ones due to another person’s disgusting and barbaric acts.

It needs to stop and it needs to stop now.

Blood For Memory – In Memory of The Armenian Genocide

Blood For Memory
In Memory of 1.5 Million Armenians Massacred in 1915 from the Turkish Ottoman Empire on April 24th. The blood of our ancestors were taken away and killed 100 years ago.

Recognize, Contribute, Raise Awareness.

Join us and participate
April 12, 2015 from 1-5 pm
Armenian Community Centre of Toronto – Թորոնթոյի Հայ Կեդրոն
45 Hallcrown Pl – Toronto, Ontario

Health and Wellness fair, Many health/medical information booths, healthy snacks, resource centers for health questions, Kids corner and much more.

You can also donate blood on other dates and more. Bring your family and friends.

visit the following websites for more information http://www.bloodformemory.orghttp://www.blood.cahttp://www.acmao.ca

For more information about the event please contact
Dr. Ani Hasserjian
dr.hasserjian@bellnet.ca
416-221-7300

Thank you.

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Postponing The US Elections Should Happen Out Of Respect To The Hurricane Sandy Victims

In the last few days since Hurricane Sandy happened, and with so many people without homes, power, destroyed homes, and all the damage that has been done, I believe that President Obama and Governor Romney need to address the Hurricane Issue more and focus on that on what is important than an election right now. The right and good thing to do right now is to postpone the November 4th elections. Leave it for a later date. Right now hurricane stricken victims need their help and if President Obama and Governor Romney decide to postpone it and actually reach out to those in need and get help for them, then that would mean everything to the people and that would mean so much more than an election right now. Voting can wait I believe and it would be the right thing to do. A lot of people are affected by this hurricane, lots of families, and people without power, and where are all these people going to vote? There probably was so many voting poll stations in the east coast and it all got washed away or flooded and I think it is not fair for US citizens who cannot have access to voting right now and those who want to vote. I think it is common decency and common sense. Focus on the disaster that has struck the country and then think about voting numbers. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney get on television to address the Hurricane Sandy which is a good thing they did, but I would like to hear that the election will be postponed for a while and getting aid out to those who need it.

What do you all think about that? Do you think its a good idea to postpone it? Do you think they need to get on Television and tell the people that, we are postponing the elections until next year or until further notice? I think it should be done.

To All The Victims Of Violence, My Deepest Condolences To All

Hi Everyone, my heart is heavy, my thoughts and prayers are with what has been happening on the news with all these shootings were hearing about and the unfortunate things that has happened in Colorado, and I am so sorry to the families and to all those people who had to go through that terrible ordeal by just going to watch a movie at the theatre and someone comes in and shoots fire. My condolences first of all to all the victims who have died from this terrible crime to humanity. Toronto has also had terrible shootings everywhere, and among other places. The more the crime punishments are not severe, the more people will commit crimes thinking its a slap on the wrist. More crime prevention must be done and the way to do that is to have more strict punishments and more time in prison and throw the key away.

No where is safe anymore, and every time I get out from my home, I always say a small prayer and make the sign of the cross to protect me. These people need to get into community outreach programs, sporting activities, community service, helping the elderly, doing things productive to make a difference in the world. More and more needs to be done about it and the Government should really crack down on crime, gun violence and among other serious crimes. The young offenders act needs to be scrapped because no matter how old you are, your name should be on the news and no matter how old you are if you do the crime, you do the time just like how adults are serving those sentences. Punishments are not severe enough. Some countries in the world have 0 Tolerance and they do something about criminals. North America should really start focusing on getting these people on track with their lives. innocent lives are being lost in blood shed crime for no reason at all.

The more violence there is in video games, those terrible TV Shows that influence violence and other terrible things that should not even be on television, the more violence there is in schools the more people get influenced with violence and hate crimes as well as drugs and illegal drugs, the more it will increase in our communities. We all want safe communities, we all want to get to our homes safely without someone pulling the trigger, we all want peace and harmony but without tougher punishments we won’t get anywhere. In Toronto the other day, people are just enjoying a barbecue and just have a community function and someone comes around and shoots fire, killing a lot of people and injuring so many critically. I mean where does it stop? There should not be no more slaps on the wrist and letting these criminals walk. No second chances for anyone. Crime rates are going up higher and higher into staggering heights.

I think because of all the chemicals in the air these days, and all the toxins there are, these things are triggering in peoples brains and it makes people go crazy and that tends them to do crazy things. Chemical imbalance, or something is going on that is making people become more crazy. I do not know what it is, but things need to be changed drastically, the world needs a makeover big time. Governments need tougher laws, 0 Tolerance. You don’t just let a criminal off and go scott free in our public community and into our lives. We all live in this world and our expectations differ from person to person, but where do we draw the line?

Families, Friends, Co-Workers of these people get effected big time when someone loses someone or some people from violence and someone who just shoots fire like its going out of style. I know all of us are going to pass away one day and were here for a limited time, but violence, crimes should not be a way to go. God forbid anything happens to anyone, but I feel terrible for what has happened to victims of violence. It saddens me so much and I started to cry. These things on the news I am hearing, I cannot handle it anymore. I get so emotional and sometimes I do not even want to turn on my TV anymore, I do not even want to open up newspapers because all I see are bad news. I want to be saturated with good news, I want to hear good things happening as we all do, but I think twice sometimes to turn the TV on. Again My condolences to all the victims and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. You all are in my heart and in my soul, and your memories will live on forever in your families, and friends.