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The Black March Movement – Detroit

Jan-20-2011 at 06:59 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)


The Black March Movement – Detroit
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Date: January 19th, 2011

Assyrian Youth Delegates Meet for First International Black March Movement Conference

DETROIT, Michigan — On January 8th and 9th, 2011, youth delegates from across the United States, Canada, and Europe met in Detroit for the Black March Movement’s Inaugural Global Youth Conference. The Conference represented a revolutionary and unprecedented step for the Assyrian diaspora as youths representing various diaspora communities, organizations, and religious sects came together to begin connecting the diaspora and to outline the Movement’s goals while stressing and reiterating the theme of unity expressed by the agreement of the Assyrian political parties in Erbil, Iraq.

The Conference included speeches by experts in various fields, discussing topics such as the current political situation in Iraq, the current status of Christian Assyrians in Iraq and their perils, diaspora advocacy, an economic solution, and the importance of transparency. André N. Anton’s film, Defying Deletion, a documentary about Assyrian persecution in Iraq that focuses on their plight since the U.S. led invasion in 2003, was also privately screened.

Furthermore, the Conference included workshops discussing the diaspora communities represented, obstacles to unity, and various other themes. Finally, the Conference concluded with the outlining of five goals for the Black March Movement and the youth of the Assyrian diaspora:

    i. to connect and strengthen the international diaspora;
    ii. to develop a vehicle for economic investment and growth in the Nineveh Plains;
    iii. to create a framework to collaborate on advocacy efforts worldwide;
    iv. to preserve our culture and language in the diaspora; and
    v. to create lasting ties to our ancestral homeland.

“The Conference was a success and a remarkable step forward for the Assyrian Diaspora as we face dark and turbulent times in our homeland. It is imperative that the diaspora begin to organize and work together, regardless of religious sect, in order to not only ensure our survival, but our prosperity, both in the diaspora and in our ancestral homeland. This onus falls on the shoulders of our youth and this conference saw the youth accept this challenge with open arms,” said Wisam Naoum, a youth community leader in Detroit and student at the University of Michigan Law School.

Leaving Detroit with a pact to continue to work together, the delegates agreed to participate in another conference which would take place tentatively in the late summer of 2011 in Germany with multiple teleconferences to occur in the run-up to this conference.

In the interim, the delegates will present the results of the conference to their communities for discussion and begin to organize in anticipation of the next conference. Video of the Conference and major talking points will be released soon.

The Assyrian people are facing the loss of their ancestral homeland, a land they have occupied since the great Sumerian and Aramaean city-states, and the Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian empires. This, in
conjunction with the assimilation process in the diaspora and the pervasiveness of religious divisions, threatens to drive the world’s oldest civilization to extinction. Steps must be taken to reverse this trend and the first step has been taken.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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