Pasadena ANC Meets with Mayor

PASADENA–Members of the Armenian National Committee Pasadena Chapter met with Pasadena’s Mayor Bill Bogaard to discuss concerns of the Armenian community. Issues addressed were education, affordable housing, the Armenian center of Pasadena and the Armenian Genocide resolution that was recently introduced in Congress. "It is very important for Pasadena to improve its Armenian center because it is a place for the Armenian community, especially the youth to gather," said Dikran Tabakian board member of the Armenian Cultural Foundation. "It helps ensure that the youth are not engaged in gangs, drinking and drugs. The center provides a safe haven for them," added Tabakian. Mayor Bogaard voiced his concerns about education in Pasadena. He mentioned that though test scores have increased, he would like to reduce the dropout rate and increase the rate of high school graduates continuing their education. The mayor also spoke about the Armenian Genocide resolution that Representative Adam Schiff was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. Mayor Bogaard is in full support of the passage of the resolution. "We are grateful of all the support Mayor Bogaard has shown to the Armenian community of Pasadena," said ANC-Pasadena chapter chairperson Hagop Yedalian . "The ANC-Pasadena is ready to assist the Mayor in his re-election campaign and look forward to working with him and his staff in the future," said Yedalian. Also this week, welcomed California’s District 29 Representative, Adam Schiff’s introduction of the Armenian Genocide Resolution in the House of Representatives. On January 30, Representative Schiff along with representatives George Radanovich (R-CA), Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) introduced House Resolution 106 in the House of Representatives. Among the supporters of the resolution were representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and more than 160 other House of Representative members. Representative Schiff also explained that if the United States cannot have enough courage to recognize the Armenian Genocide, then other genocides will continue to surface; taking example of the present day genocide in Darfur, Sudan where over 400,000 people have been murdered. "Recognition of the Armenian Genocide is of universal importance," said Yedalian. "Other nations will understand that when such acts are committed, severe consequences shall follow" continued Yedalian. Recently, Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist was killed in Turkey for writing about the Armenian Genocide. Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code has caused Hrant Dink and others speaking out about the Armenian Genocide to be targeted as traitors. Through the passage of this resolution and pressure put on the government Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide, in turn, its Turkish citizens will become more educated about the facts of the Armenian Genocide and will be less inclined to lash out against those who speak about it. "We appreciate the support of Representative Schiff has shown year after year in regards to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. We are truly grateful for all he has done for Armenian Genocide recognition and for the Armenian community of Pasadena," said Yedalian.


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