Armenian National Committee of South Florida
931 NE 48th Street, Oakland Park, FL 33334

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release ~ 2009-03-25
Contact: Albert Mazmanian ~ anc.fl@anca.org

ANC OF FLORIDA JOINS LAUNCH OF GENOCIDE PREVENTION MONTH

-- Kick-off Forum to Include Sneak Preview of Documentary “Last Survivor”

Miami, FL - In conjunction with Genocide Prevention Project’s launch of Genocide Prevention Month (GPM) on April 2nd, the ANC of South Florida will take part in a panel discussion organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council and co-sponsored by various organizations to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and efforts to secure concrete U.S. action to stop the killing.

Panelists will include: Councilman Andre Williams, Esq. City of Miami Gardens; Reverend Patrick O'Neil, Archdiocese of Miami; Michael Pertnoy, Activist, Filmmaker, & Genocide Intervention Network Carl Wilkens Fellow; Joe Sachs, Holocaust Survivor; Michael Toumayan, Descendant of Armenian Genocide Survivor; and Rositta Kenigsberg, Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc.

“The Genocide Prevention Project’s efforts to spotlight genocide in April – the month that saw the beginnings of the horrors of the Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and now, Darfur – calls critical attention to the vital role each and every one of us can play to end the cycle of genocide,” said Toumayan. “The panel discussion is an opportunity to provide a forum to examine fundamental moral issues caught between competing interests.”

The event, taking place at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, Room 718 from 6-8pm, will allow for an intimate discussion with the panelists on their involvement with genocide prevention efforts. A sneak preview of the documentary film “The Last Survivor” will also be shown, which can be viewed at http://www.righteouspictures.com.. The documentary, created by filmmakers Michael Pertony & Michael Kleiman, explores the idea of genocide in the 21st century, focusing on the connectivitiy between past and present as well as our commonalities as human beings. Suggested contribution for those attending includes two non-perishable food items and used cellular phones.

Cosponsors of the event include the Armenian National Committee of South Florida, Miami Dade College, Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, Students Taking Action Now Darfur, Urgent Times, and Urgent Action. For more information email anc.fl@anca.org or communityrelations@gmjf.org.

Genocide Prevention Month was launched earlier this year by the Genocide Prevention Project, which is working in conjunction with several organizations, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) to encourage renewed action in April to end the cycle of genocide. For more information about the project, visit www.genocidepreventionmonth.org.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.
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