Yerazad is an action coalition dedicated to Armenian liberation and building transnational solidarity. We center and uplift ALL Armenians, including those who are mixed rase, LGBTQIA2S, and undocumented.
Երազադը գործողությունների կոալիցիա է `նվիրված հայ ազատագրմանը և անդրազգային համերաշխության կերտմանը: Մենք կենտրոնացնում և խոյացնում ենք ԲՈԼՈՐ հայերին, ներառյալ խառը ռասայական, LGBTQIA2S և անփաստաթուղթ անձանց:
Yerazad is a combination of two words in Armenian – yeraz/Երազ which means dream and azad/ազատ which means free. Our action coalition is dedicated both to dreaming and to freedom.
We began our work in January 2021. We sought to fill a gap we saw in Armenian organizations by being a space inclusive of LGBTQIA2S, mixed race, and undocumented Armenians and an entirely grassroots coalition. Our coalition is grounded in a horizontal structure of governance and sees collaboration as central to our work in the United States and Armenia.
Our areas of focus are coalition building, policy action, and environmental justice. We see all these as essential to achieving Armenian liberation.
We recognize that indigenous struggle is inextricably tied to the climate crisis. We recognize that BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. We affirm our commitment to environmental justice for all BIPOC communities, understanding that racial justice is climate justice. We commit to standing in solidarity with environmental justice communities globally. We cannot achieve Armenian liberation without addressing the climate crisis.
We understand the importance of transnational solidarity and the inextricable link between our domestic fight for civil rights and the global struggle of indigenous Armenians. We affirm that our activism and solidarity with other communities is not transactional; we show up because it is what’s right, not because we expect anything in return. We affirm that it is only through the difficult work of coalition building that we can begin to dismantle systems of oppression and colonialist structures. We acknowledge and vow to fight for the indigenous people whose land we occupy. We will continue our fight until these communities receive reparations.
We aim to tackle legislation that benefits Armenians at the local, state, and federal level in the United States. We affirm our commitment to use our platform, connections, and coalition of activists to support and/or sponsor legislation for other BIPOC communities whenever possible. We affirm and recognize that the United States and its institutions are steeped in white supremacy, the legacy of slavery, and indigenous genocide; policy action is a critical tool to be used in addition to protest.