Lowell ARF to Honor David Boyajian

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Lowell ARF to Honor David Boyajian

By Staff

The Armenian Weekly

August 31, 2009

NORTH CHELMSFORD, Mass. — David Boyajian, long an advocate for civil rights among Armenians, will be formally recognized by the Lowell “Aharonian” ARF Committee on Oct. 4, 2009.

Boyajian will be singled out for his untiring efforts with the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) denial of the Armenian Genocide and efforts to prevent its acknowledgement.

The recognition is part of a celebration surrounding the establishment of a New Independent Republic and will take place on October 4 at 1 p.m. at the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, at 180 Old Westford Road.

A dinner will precede the program. There is no admission charge.

Boyajian has written a number of investigative articles and commentaries for Armenia media outlets throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Armenia. His articles have also been published in non-Armenian papers throughout Massachusetts, such as the MetroWest Daily News, Waltham Daily News Tribune, Newton Tab, and Watertown Tab. Many of his articles are archived online at Armeniapedia.org.

His activism has led Armenian Americans and others to condemn the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL’s) hypocrisy and to urge communities throughout Massachusetts to disengage from the “No Place for Hate” (NPFH) program, an alleged anti-bias program sponsored by the ADL.

The issue quickly became international news, raised public awareness about the Armenian Gernocide, prompted principled Jews to denounce the ADL’s misguided policies, and increased tensions between Turkey and Israel.

To date, at least 14 Massachusetts communities have severed ties with NPFH.

Last year, the Newton Tab and USA Armenian Life newspapers named Boyajian among their Top 10 Newsmakers of 2007. The Massachusetts Governor’s Council and Watertown Town Council have each honored Boyajian for exposing the ADL’s genocide denial. And the Knights of Vartan awarded him their Humanitarian Award earlier this year.

The Lowell Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) was established in 1895 and ranks as the first organized Gomideh in America.