Genocide Awareness Act Moves to California Senate Floor for Vote

“Justice for Genocide Victims” bill on deadline for vote in CA Assembly committee


California Senate Floor

SACRAMENTO, CA — Senate Bill 234 (SB 234), authored by California Senator Mark Wyland (R-northern San Diego County) is now on its way to the full Senate floor for consideration. Known as the “Genocide Awareness Act”, the bill instructs the California State Curriculum Commission to consider the inclusion of an oral history component in its already mandated genocide education curriculum.

“Senator Wyland has been a champion of this issue for over a decade. His efforts continue to ensure that California remains at the forefront in educating our next generation about genocide and the role we can play as a society to confront this terrible crime against humanity,” remarked Gayana Badalyan, Chairwoman of the ANC of San Diego County.

Turkish Coalition of America Board Member Bruce Fein traveled from Washington, DC in an effort to undermine SB 234 as well as Assembly Bill 961 (AB 961), the “Justice for Genocide Victims Bill,” introduced by Assembly Member Paul Krekorian. Fein’s presentation before the Senate panel, in which he denies the Armenian Genocide as well as the Cambodian and Sudan genocides, may be viewed by clicking here.

Krekorian’s AB 961 would prevent California from awarding contracts to companies that have profited from genocide. The bill awaits a vote in the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee, which must consider the bill before the end of this week for it to be able to continue to the full Assembly floor for consideration.

The ANCA has encouraged California residents to contact Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin de Leon to urge swift action committee action on the measure. Click here to send free ANCA Webmails.

In the past weeks,  Asbarez has covered this issue in a feature article titled “Anti-Genocide Legislation Showdown in Sacramento,” detailing Turkish Government opposition to the measures under consideration.

With today’s action, California comes one step closer to ensuring that survivor and witness accounts are used in classrooms throughout the state to help broaden the community’s understanding of genocide.

Speaking about the legislation after it was unanimously approved by the California Senate Education Committee, Senator Wyland noted that “the ultimate purpose is to make students even more aware of these horrible crimes against humanity, so ultimately, these occurrences do not happen again.”


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