Posted on April 17, 2020
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Dear Members and Friends ,
OIA Is a member of a coalition of organizations and churches who have initiated this very important relief campaign . Please read and provide your support if you can .
Organization of Istanbul Armenians
On April 24th, 2020 the Armenian-American community will commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide where the Ottoman Turkish Empire under the guise of WWI undertook the deliberate and systematic eradication of 1.5 million Armenians as well as an additional 1.5 million Assyrians, Greeks, and others.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in place of the annual March for Justice demonstration that has historically brought tens of thousands of Armenians to the streets of Los Angeles in calling on Turkey to recognize of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide Committee, along with Unified Young Armenians and United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide – Los Angeles, has launched a humanitarian fundraiser in support of Feeding America to honor Near East Relief and provide 1.5 million meals to Americans in need.
Near East Relief was the United States’ first congressionally sanctioned non-governmental organization – and the first major international humanitarian relief operation in the world – that mobilized all facets of the American citizenry to respond to the systematic destruction of the Armenian people half a world away.
Through the efforts of doctors, humanitarian workers, missionaries, religious institutions, and other first-responders in conjunction with State and Federal governments, Near East Relief was able to pool resources to save 132,000 Armenian orphans and establish over 400 refugee processing centers, hospitals, vocational schools and to rescue one million refugees and orphanages to ensure the survival of the Armenian people.
UACLA, UYA, and the AGC which includes representatives of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Armenian Catholic Church of North America, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, Armenian Revolutionary Federation, Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, Social Democrat Hunchak Party, Armenian General Benevolent Union – Western District, Armenian Relief Society – Western USA, Homenetmen Western U.S, Armenian Youth Federation, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region, Armenian Council of America, Armenian Bar Association, Organization of Istanbul Armenians, United Armenian Council of Los Angeles, Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools (CASPS), All-Armenian Student Association, National Armenian Law Students Association and Open Wounds.
As the largest network of food banks, pantries, and meal programs in the country, Feeding America is the leading organization in the fight against hunger in the United States. 200 food banks strong, we serve over 40 million people in virtually every community in America. Since our beginnings 40 years ago, Feeding America has made innovative strides in combating food waste and providing fresh food to hungry people across the country. We believe that everyone has a role in ending hunger in America. Will you join us? Learn more at FeedingAmerica.org.
Founded in 1979 (formerly named America’s Second Harvest)Charity Navigator: Four Star CharityBetter Business Bureau: Accredited Charity