Attorney General Jerry Brown stands firm on Genocide recognition and reparations
LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR) will be honoring California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (Jerry Brown) with one of its highest honors, the prestigious ANC-WR “Freedom Award”. Attorney General Brown will receive the award at ANC-WR’s Annual Banquet which will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Pasadena Convention Center.
For many decades, Jerry Brown has been a good friend of the Armenian American community in the State of California. Just recently, Brown filed an Amicus Curaie brief, also known as a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the People of the State of California in opposition to a flawed split decision issued by a three judge panel of the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
The August 20, 2009 decision of the Court struck down California law which gave jurisdiction to courts in California to provide the long denied redress to Armenian Genocide victims to obtain assets wrongfully withheld by insurance companies which served the Ottoman Armenian community in the years leading up to the Genocide. The majority reasoned that the mere use of the phrase “Armenian Genocide” conflicts with United Stated foreign policy. In his Amicus brief the Attorney General argued that he is “unaware of any precedent for the proposition that the President may implicitly- or, indeed, even explicitly-dictate the terminology that States may use in describing an historic event.”
“We are proud to honor Jerry Brown for his decades of service to the Armenian American community of California,” said Vicken Sonentz Papazian, ANC-WR Board of Directors Chairman. “Armenian Americans greatly value the strong bond that has developed with Attorney General Brown over the course of almost 40 years and look forward to saluting him for his many contributions to the continued prosperity and growth of our community.”
“Our grassroots movement is not only being challenged in the halls of the Capitol in Washington D.C., but also within our very own backyards in the State of California and within the courtroom,” said Raffi Kassabian, ANC-WR Legal Research Taskforce hair and member of the ANC-WR Banquet Committee.
“We are proud of Jerry Brown’s efforts to ensure that genocide victims and their heirs have a forum for legal recourse within California’s Courts. Jerry Brown’s filing of an Amicus Curaie brief sends a strong message that the State of California will not allow insurance companies to profit from
The ANC-WR Banquet is an annual event drawing nearly 1000 Armenian Americans as well as public and community leaders from throughout California as well as the western United States. Following tradition, the event will feature a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by the dinner and program. Those interested learning more about this year’s event honoring Attorney General Jerry Brown and California Courier Publisher Harut Sassounian may contact the ANC-WR office at (818) 500-1918 for more information.
The Armenian National Committee-Western Region is the largest Armenian American grassroots community organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANC-WR works to promote understanding regarding issues of concern to the Armenian American community.