EAST HOLLYWOOD–The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, at its April 19 meeting, unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Armenian American community’s commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and April 24th as a Day of Remembrance in Little Armenia.
“The Armenian Genocide of 1915 paved the way for many atrocities around the world, this proves that Turkey laid the foundation for committing atrocities against humanity,” said Sam Kbushyan, who serves on the EHNC as its Business Representative. “Until today, Turkey has not accepted the guilt and it has been 95 years that the Armenians around the world have been demanding justice. I hope documented historic facts speak loud in the halls of the United States Congress and that they pass H.R. 252 in order to serve justice for all Armenians and Humanity.”
Nearly all of Los Angeles’ Little Armenia district lies within the boundaries of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, which is bordered by Hollywood and Sunset boulevards on the north, Hoover Street on the east, the 101 Freeway on the south and Western Avenue on the west.
“As a person born and raised in East Hollywood and Little Armenia, I learned about the Armenian Genocide at an early age,” said EHNC vice president Elson Trinidad, a Filipino American who represents the EHNC’s Neighborhood District 6 seat, also known as Little Armenia East.
“The struggle for dignity and recognition is a universal theme for many in our ethnically diverse community, but the contributions and successes of the Armenian American community in East Hollywood perfectly exemplify the fact that we can rise up from the pains of the past,” he added.
The resolution concludes by stating, “THEREFORE, The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council unites in solidarity with its friends in the Armenian American community in Little Armenia and throughout the Greater Los Angeles region in remembering the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.”
The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, formed in March 2002 and certified as an official Los Angeles city neighborhood council on April 19, 2007, is the representative civic voice for the diverse, dynamic and unique community of East Hollywood. For more information on the EHNC, please visit www.easthollywood.net.
The full text of the resolution is provided below:
East Hollywood Neighborhood Council Armenian Genocide Remembrance Resolution
April 19, 2010
WHEREAS, April 24,1915 marks the significant beginning of the systematic killing of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 living in the Ottoman Empire. April 24th is recognized internationally as a day of remembrance for those who died during the Armenian Genocide and also a day of acknowledgement for those who survived.
WHEREAS, Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, having lost everything, were dispersed throughout the world setting in motion a ripple effect that grew a global Armenian Diaspora.
WHEREAS, Ninety-five years later, a segment of that ripple is represented today in East Hollywood’s “Little Armenia” neighborhood, an entry point for many Armenian immigrants and home to the City of Los Angeles’ vibrant Armenian community with bustling businesses, schools and churches.
WHEREAS, The Governor of the State of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed April 19-26, 2010 as “Days of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide” in the State of California.
THEREFORE, The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council unites in solidarity with its friends in the Armenian-American community in Little Armenia and throughout the Greater Los Angeles region in remembering the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Agenda item 11d; Unanimous approval, 10-0-0 at Monday, April 19, 2010 EHNC meeting.