California Attorney General Bill Lockyer confirmed as 2001 Man of the Year; Genocide Project to receive Freedom Award. GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region announced its plans to honor California Attorney General Bill Lockyer as the ANCA-WR 2001 Man of the Year–and the Genocide Project as the recipients of the ANCA-WR 2001 Freedom Award. The awards will be presented at the highly anticipated ANCA-WR Annual Banquet scheduled to take place Friday–November 16–2001 at the Hilton Glendale.
The 2001 Man of the Year–Attorney General Bill Lockyer has been a staunch supporter of issues of concern to the Armenian American community. Throughout his years in public service–Attorney General Lockyer has at all times worked very closely with his Armenian American constituents and has responded to pressing issues in a timely and appropriate manner.
Community activist Zaven Sinanian–who was appointed as Deputy Attorney General–has worked closely with Lockyer on issues of interest to the State of California. The Attorney General’s office also weighed in on the legitimacy SB 1915–legislation that extended the statue of limitations for heirs and survivors of the Armenian Genocide to collect on unpaid Genocide era insurance policies. Most recently–at the initiative of Attorney General Lockyer–the California Department of Justice kicked off a new multi-lingual program to counter crimes committed specifically against immigrant communities–while offering victims the opportunity to fight back. Bill Lockyer is California’s 30th Attorney General. He was elected in November 1998 and assumed this statewide office in January of 1999. A veteran legislator–he was first elected to the State Assembly in 1973 to represent the East San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to the Senate in 1982. Twelve years later–in 1994–he was elected President Pro Tem of the California Senate by his fellow Senators. He served previously as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for nine years–overseeing numerous bills on judicial administration and civil and criminal law. A native of Oakland–Lockyer is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received a secondary teaching credential from California State University at Hayward. He was awarded his law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento while serving in the Senate.
"Attorney General Lockyer has been a steadfast supporter of the Armenian American community and those issues most important to our community. He has a long track record of working along with the ANCA-WR and other community based organizations in addressing pertinent concerns in California," explained ANCA-WR Executive Director Alex Sardar.
The 2001 ANCA-WR Freedom Award RecipientThe Genocide Projecthas taken the story of the Armenian Genocide to a whole new kind and generation of audiences. The Project–which was started by long-time community activist Ara Oshagan and later joined by professional photographer Levon Parian–has brought together the written word with powerful images of survivors to present to the world those who saw the atrocities of 1915 and lived to tell about it.
The Genocide Project–which has been featured in mainstream media outlets–including National Public Radio and the Los Agneles Times Sunday Magazine–has held exhibits in the California State Capitol in Sacramento–the Los Angeles City Hall–the Downey Museum of Art–as well as countless galleries–libraries and public exhibit halls.
"The power of the images and the words combined and presented in the way that the Genocide Project does–brings to life the pain–the suffering–but also the triumph of survival of these Genocide survivors," explained ANCA-WR Board member Souzi Zerounian. "The artists–interviewers and activists of the Project have been able to bring to a wider audience these stories and they have truly set new parameters for the Armenian Cause," she concluded.
The ANCA-WR 2001 Annual Banquet will take place on Friday–November 16–2001–at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Glendale–at 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale. Limited tables and tickets remain. To purchase tickets–please contact the ANCA-WR offices at 818.500.1918.