Governor Gray Davis Signs Armenian Genocide Proclamation

ANCA-WR Representatives Join California Governor for Signing Ceremony

SACRAMENTO–Leaders of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region joined Governor Gray Davis in the California State Capitol on Tuesday–April 17–to witness the signing of the Executive Order proclaiming April 24–2001 as "State Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide." As representatives of the Armenian American community of California–ANCA-WR leaders joined the Governor for the brief ceremony–which was followed by a productive meeting with the State’s top elected official to discus a number of issues of concern to the Armenian American community.

Governor Davis was joined by ANCA-WR Chairman Steven J. Dadaian–Esq.–ANCA-WR Board members Ohaness Boghossian–George Garikian–Berdj Karapetian and Aida Yeghiazarian–ANCA-WR staff representative Raffi Asatoorian–as well as Special Assistant to the Governor–Frank J. Quintero during the meeting–where he expressed interest and concern for attaining international recognition of the Armenian Genocide–and other issues affecting the Armenian American community of California.

Governor Davis commended the ANCA-WR representatives for their continued leadership and work in the Armenian American community. He expressed interest in continuing to broaden the scope of cooperation between his office and the ANCA-WR–while maintaining strong ties with the Armenian American community of California – the largest concentration of Armenian American in the US.

Last year–with the help of the ANCA-WR–Governor Davis signed into law a legislative measure that enables survivors of the Armenian Genocide to bring legal claims against insurance companies in California courts for outstanding life insurance benefits stemming from the Armenian Genocide. The State of California has also led the nation in including lessons of the Armenian Genocide in high school world history curricula–and with the efforts of the Armenian American community led by the ANC–the State Social Sciences Framework has–in recent years–been improved to reflect this important lesson of history.

Additional coverage of the ANCA-WR visit to Sacramento will be provided in upcoming issues of Asbarez. For more information about the Genocide proclamation please contact the ANCA-WR offices at 818-500-1918.

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