We say “OXI!” (“NO!”) to the new Nazism rising in Greece. What do you say? Stand up with the friends who are joining our OXI! campaign today, sign our petition, share it with your friends and family — and send a message to the world.
WHY WE ARE SAYING “OXI!”:
When Greeks said “OXI!” in World War II it meant “NO!” to Fascists and Nazis. “OXI!” became the rallying cry for a small nation that stood up and said “NO!” to the dark forces sweeping across Europe. Greeks would pay dearly for defending democracy. But they — and democracy — would win in the end.
We are proud of that moment when Greeks said “OXI!” We are proud of our families’ roots in Greece. And we are ever so proud that our families’ homeland is the birthplace of democracy, and so much else that we treasure here in America, and around the world.
In Greece, our Greek cousins have been exercising their unique birthright, exercising the very rights of individual choice and democracy our ancestors fathered, voting most recently to choose their representatives in European Parliament.
But there are some among them — even among those standing for election — who do not stand for democracy, for freedom, or for the dignity and rights of each individual.
Instead, they salute Hitler, they demonize immigrants, they attack Gypsies, they stigmatize Jews, and they bully gays, as they preach hatred and sow violence.
And like the fascists they emulate, they are trying to gain a foothold on power through the ballot box. Indeed, in the recent elections, these extremists won nearly 10% of the vote.
We call on our fellow Greeks to say “OXI!” to these Nazis — because that’s what they are — and we call on all our fellow Greek Americans, to stand up, speak out, and ask our brothers and sisters in Greece, our cousins, aunts and uncles, to say “OXI!” to these new Nazis, their violence and their hatred.
Please, we say to our cousins, go and vote, for that is your birthright.
But please don’t forget that your land is the birthplace of democracy. And don’t let Greece become the place that turned its back on democracy, and the promise of freedom for all.
That’s why we say “OXI!”
— from the students of the Next Generation