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To know your past, is to know yourself.

I have wondered time and time again whether this panic-stricken flight was not some terrible mistake, and whether the people had not better have stayed at home and cast themselves on the mercies of the Kurds and their Moslem neighbours; but as the stories of the sufferings of those who remained behind begin to reach us---stories of bloodshed and forced apostacy, and of women and girls carried off to a life worse than death---I have revised my judgment. Even all this untold misery by the way and in a strange land is better than the fate of those who remained at home.

1915: First Exodus From Urmia, Rev. Robert M. Labaree

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USA, Chicago: The Black March in Chicago

November 8, 2010

This week, in reaction to the hideous crimes against Assyrian Christians in Baghdad on October 31st, over 5,000 Assyrian and other Americans have sent over 20,000 letters to their Senators, Representatives, and President Obama. You have shattered all previous Assyrian-American organizing efforts, and for that, you should be proud. Now we see what can happen when we work together for a common cause without second thought − we succeed.

Think letter writing isn’t enough? Well, we don’t either. Assyrians have power in numbers in the United States − let’s use it.

The worldwide Assyrian community, including Australia, Canada, Sweden, London, Brussels, and the United States, is preparing to peacefully protest next week. And Chicago is joining in, so take Monday off and join in.

The Black March

When: Monday, November 8th from noon to 3 pm.

Where: State of Illinois Building, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago.

What: Wear all black! This is a worldwide coordinated event and we will all be wearing the same color, black, and have the same message: Protect Iraq’s vulnerable Assyrian Christian minority.

Signs should discuss:

  • The Black Sunday Massacre on October 31, 2010
  • Having our own local police force
  • State Department and Congressional inaction on minority issues
  • Stronger Iraqi security for Assyrian population in Iraq, and other relevant issues.

Be creative. Make it short and sweet. Bring your outside voices. Dress warmly. And spellcheck!

Why: Because if they can live in Baghdad, we can spend an afternoon in beautiful downtown Chicago.

Unfortunately, due to heavy construction around the entire perimeter, the protest could not be held any closer to the Federal Building. If you have any questions, please contact us at and we will do our best to answer everyone in a timely fashion. Please forward this communication to anyone who may not be on our mailing list.

AANC is facilitating communication for this peaceful protest. We would like to thank all of the youth involved in making this happen, not only in Chicago, but around the world.


Assyrian American National Coalition

The Black Marches

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Assyrian Posters

These advertising and marketing media have been created to promote online campaigns and local community events.

Feel free to copy, distribute, and print these posters at your local printing store and then display them in your Assyrian campaigns.

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