For Immediate Release: September 22, 2008
Contact: Nikolaos Taneris, New York, Tel. 1-917-699-9935
NEW YORK—The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) joined the Pan Thracian
Union of America “ORPHEUS” for a three hour boat cruise around Manhattan,
setting sail from Pier 83 on Manhattan’s West Side. Warm weather and beautiful
sunny skies, made for a pleasant Sunday afternoon get together for the activists
from both societies who travelled from various boroughs of New York City, and
nearby New Jersey to reflect on the past year’s success. Attendees included
Theo Kekkis from the Boston-based Pontian society “PONTIAKI ESTIA OF
MASSACHUSSETTS” who travelled to New York that weekend to participate, and Mr.
Dionysios Pilarinos , the 1st Assistant Secretary of the Federation of Hellenic
Societies of Greater New York. The cruise was the first joint social event
organized following the July 20th Anniversary events marking the Turkish
invasion of Cyprus , and the earlier Pontian Genocide memorials for May 19th
Remembrance earlier in the year. Nikolaos Taneris of CANA, and Ioannis Fidanakis
,the President of Pan Thracian Union of America “ORPHEUS” are jointly working
together to educate the community and help to build solidarity on current issues
related to human rights.
“It’s always a wonderful opportunity to get together again with our dedicated
activists and plan for the coming year, this cruise was our way of saying thank
you to all the grass-roots, the heart and soul of our movement,” commented
The diversity of age, gender and backgrounds in this boat cruise reflects CANA’s
firm commitment to working in coalition with all people who believe in our
struggle for human rights. In coming months, the CANA and the Pan Thracians will
be building the momentum to tackle such difficult community issues as Macedonia,
False Historical Revisionism, activism on forced displacement in Cyprus, and the
Thracian and Pontian Genocide.
Photos of participants following the Sunday, September 21, 2008 Pan Thracian and
Cyprus Action Network of America Boat Cruise are available for download on the
Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA)
2578 Broadway #132
New York, NY 10025
New York: Tel. 917-699-9935
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