State Capitol Events Slated to Honor Victims of Genocide

BURBANK–Assistant Majority Leader Paul Krekorian is set to commemorate the annual remembrance of modern-day genocide – including the 94th anniversary of the Armenian genocide ‘s in April when he leads the Assembly in a tribute on Thursday, April 23.

“Like so many of my brethren, I have been personally touched by the horrific events that befell our ancestors nearly a century ago,” Assistant Majority Leader Krekorian said. “As a member of the Assembly, it is not only my job, but my personal responsibility to shine a light on those events. But we, as Americans, also need to reflect on other atrocious acts ‘s from Rwanda to Darfur and beyond ‘s that have stricken the globe.”

Beginning Wednesday, April 22, the rotunda in the state capitol will feature a unique multimedia display of photographs, videos and interactive exhibits from acclaimed artists focusing on the Armenian genocide. That night, Assistant Majority Leader Krekorian will host a screening of “Screamers” — which follows the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the U.S. pointing out the travesty inherent in modern-day genocide. The movie will be shown at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St, Sacramento at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served before the movie, at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, April 23, the Assembly will convene with an opening invocation from Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, to be followed by a vote on Assembly Joint Resolution 14, which would designate April 24, 2009, as a “California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.” A reception will follow.

The events are free and open to the public.

Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) represents the cities of Burbank and Glendale, and the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys.

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