Human Rights

100 Years of Voting: Celebrating Women’s Suffrage

2020 is an election year, a year when citizens go to the polls to cast their ballots for who will represent them, their interests, and their communities. This month also marks the 100th anniversary of one of the largest expansions of voting rights in U.S. history – the passage of the nineteenth amendment granting women suffrage, or the right to …

Happy 4th of July!

Much appreciation to everyone who sent messages of congratulations as we celebrated this year’s Fourth of July, marking the 244th anniversary of the founding of the United States.  In case you missed it, here are the links to our virtual celebration and the text of my remarks is below. Hello and welcome to our virtual celebration marking the 244th anniversary …

Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.

The right to vote is essential in any democracy. This is a value Americans share with Armenians and one that must be protected and preserved. The concept that every citizen gets a voice in electing their leaders is so cherished that, for centuries, people around the world have fought and even died to attain or preserve that right.  The world …

In Pursuit of Peace: Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Many of our American holidays can be quite familiar to Armenians. For instance, while we might celebrate Christmas on different days, Armenians and Americans enjoy some similar traditions, from Santa Claus or “Dzmer Pap” to festive Christmas décor, trees, lighting, and music. But every January, after our Christmas trees have been taken down and the New Year’s confetti finally cleaned …