Ataturk Society of America
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Voice of Atatürk Fall 2013



Founded 1995 in Washington DC, the Atatürk Society of America (ASA) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, dedicated to promoting the ideals of Atatürk.

ASA understands Atatürk's political philosophy to be:

  • Sovereignty belongs to the people.
  • Public sovereignty cannot be shared with any other authority, including religious authority.
  • Secular education ensures public sovereignty and rationality in governance.
  • Secularism is essential to avoid the influence of any religion on state affairs.
  • For progress to be achieved, superstition and dogma must always yield to science and reason.
  • Freedom and the pursuit of happiness are common aspirations of humanity.
  • Representative democracy prevents abuse of power by incorporating a system of checks and balances through a constitution that includes a three-part separation of powers among a legislature, executive, and judiciary.
  • Ataturk's noble principle, "Peace at home and peace in the world," is crucial to maintaining the common good of humankind.

ASA organizes meetings and scholarly lectures, provides research fellowships, and serves as a resource for material regarding Atatürk's political philosophy. It also publishes the periodical, Voice of Atatürk, a photo journal with historical and political stories pertaining to Ataturk. On two dates approximately six months apart, May 19 and November 10, members meet in Washington, DC.



Celebration for May 19 Youth and Sports Day and Ataturk's Birthday
This year's ceremony was held on May 17 at the American University in Washington, DC.
Turkish/American youth who have excelled in science, music and sports were recognized. They were Melis Anahtar (Scientist), Zeynep Alpan (Musician) and Ece Yurdakul (Athlete).
Also, Erdem Eruc, an explorer, sailor and climber with world records was recognized. Eruc is planning to sail for the RowforPeace project from New York to Gallipoli in April 2016.

Victory of the Battle of Gallipoli (Çanakkale Zaferi)
On March 18, in 1915, British and French forces launched an ill-fated naval attack on Turkish forces in the Dardanelles, the narrow, strategically vital strait in northwestern Turkey separating Europe from Asia, As all the World knows, that attack proved disastrous to the Allied Forces ! Two major British battleships, Irresistible and Ocean and one major French battleship Bouvet were sank which led all Allied battleships to withdraw from the Turkish shores. On April 25, 1915, on a second attempt, the Allied forces, including large contingents from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, tried this time to force a land invasion on Gallipoli. They met with a fierce Turkish resistance and defense. The failure of the Allied campaign at the Dardanelles and at Gallipoli was a GREAT VICTORY FOR TURKS, LED BY MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK ! These victories increased the self-confidence of the Turkish troops and paved the way to TURKISH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, followed by the establishment of a new, modern, secular Turkish Republic.
ASA held an event to commemorate these monumental historical incidents on April 26th at the American University, Washington DC.
Keynote Speeker Dr. KEMAL ARI, Head of Ataturk Institute, 9 Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey gave a presentation titled and Tales of Battle through Photos.

Guarding Atatürk’s Legacy
Having spent the first half of his adult life fighting invading armies and proving his invincibility as a military leader, Kemal Atatürk spent the second half creating the modern Republic of Turkey and demonstrating his extraordinary brilliance. His reforms called for governing by reason and science rather than superstition and dogma, a secular and a civilized society with social and gender equality and with freedom of thought, speech and of the press.
76 years after Atatürk’s death, as we mourn him, we are forever in debt for his gifts; the Turkish motherland and her sovereignty and reforms which enable her citizens to live in a civilized manner.
Read more details and keynote speech of this event

Youth Recognized at May 19 Event in Washington, DC
This years May 19 - Youth and Sports Day event was opened with a moment of silence for the 302 miners who have lost their lives at the Soma, Turkey mine accident.
The rest of the programme included speeches by the Turkish-American youth, the Founder and President of the Ataturk Society of America. The highlight of the event was the awards ceremony during which Ata Akiner accepted a replica of the book "Nutuk" made by sculptor Jeff Hall on behalf of the youth who have organized many events to defend secularism and promote awareness of current government's attempts to diminish personal freedom, freedom of speech and the press.

First Public Statue of Atatürk in the U.S.A.
The Atatürk Society of America worked feverishly with the unusually talented local sculptor, Jeffery Hall, to produce a full-size bronze statue of Kemal Atatürk. The statue was unveiled on November 10th, 2013 at the Sheridan Circle, Washington, DC. The statue is the first public monument in the United States honoring one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. Read full story behind the making of the Ataturk's statue...

Visit by Honorable Ince, CHP
May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk and the Youth Day celebration was enthusiastically attended by a large crowd at The Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. on May 24, 2013
Hon. Ince, Member of Parliament (CHP) was the keynote speaker. You may read about the highlights of his speech at the following websites:
Hurriyet Gazetesi
Star Gundem Gazetesi
Vatan Gazetesi
Sabah Gazetesi

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