SOURCE: Bay Area Assyrians

August 08, 2014 10:51 ET

Bay Area Assyrians Unite in Solidarity

Plead for Help in Stopping the Genocide in Iraq

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2014) -

Who:

Rallying united, a coalition of Bay Area Assyrian groups, organizations and churches are assembling in San Francisco to put a halt to the Holocaust happening in Iraq today. The genocide and ethnic cleansing of Iraqi ethnic and religious minorities has included Assyrians (aka Chaldeans and Syriacs), Yazdis, Turkomans and Shabaks. The outrageous violence must be stopped. This coalition is demanding protection and the establishment of a safe haven in the Nineveh Plain for these persecuted indigenous people -- many of whom have lived in the region for over 2000 years. 

Since invading the region, ISIS has been freely beheading and killing ethnic groups. They have painted the Arabic letter "N" on the doors of Christian homes. It stands for "Nazarene," and references the faith of that household -- Christians. These Christians and other minorities are then told to either renounce their faith, convert to Islam and pay a fee, or face beheading. They are given 24 hours to decide their fate. Victims of this Holocaust in Iraq are living an ongoing nightmare -- where any moment can be their last. ISIS's new tact has been tying small children, 1,500 of them, to the hoods of military vehicles serving as human shields. Ongoing are the savage rapes, over and over again, of young girls -- daughters -- in front of their fathers. 

Iraqi minority groups, including Assyrians, have written countless letters to leaders both here and abroad. These efforts have resulted in no significant action by the United Nations or the United States -- meanwhile, thousands continue to be slaughtered.

What:
The rally assembles during the busy Friday workday at 11:30 AM and will make its way to the Federal Building -- making sure to pass by the San Francisco offices of the UN.

Nancy Pelosi, the congressional minority leader, will address the crowd; similarly, Anna Eshoo has been invited to participate as well.

Where:  
UN Plaza
1140 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102
The Rally will March to The San Francisco Federal Building

When:
Friday, August 08, 2014
11:30 AM UN Plaza, San Francisco, California

How:
Media are invited to attend the rally. Provisions for still photography and video have been established throughout the route. Interviews with principals and key organizers can be arranged prior to the rally. Contact Ramin Ekhtiar for media coverage and interview details at (408) 431-7296 or raminekhtiar@gmail.com

Engage via #WeAreN, #DemandForAction, #BayAreaCoalition

Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Ramin Ekhtiar
    Tel: (408) 431-7296
    Email: Email Contact