Total Number of States That Have Acknowledged the Genocide Reaches 36
WASHINGTON–DC–Tennessee–Nebraska–and Louisiana have joined the fast growing number of states who have acknowledged the Armenian Genocide–reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee–Republican Governor Mike Johanns of Nebraska–and Democratic Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued proclamations citing a "Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide," referring to the Ottoman Turkish campaign of eliminate the Armenian population from 1915-1923. The total number of states in the US reaffirming the Armenian Genocide has now reached 36.
"The Nebraska–Tennessee–and Louisiana proclamations emphasize the ultimate futility of Turkish efforts to distort the facts about the Genocide," commented ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "Governors Johanns–Bredesen–and Blanco should be commended for taking a stand against denial and Turkish revisionism," he added.
In the course of the last month–five new states have issued proclamations for the Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. All of the proclamations mark April 23 or 24 as an official Day of Remembrance. The ANCA website (www.anca.org) provides a diagram which displays all of the states that have issued proclamations or passed legislations recognizing the April 24 as a day of remembrance.
The proclamations follow a concerted grassroots education campaign by the ANC Chapters across the country to increase awareness of the Armenian Genocide on the state and local level. ANC Tennessee Chairman Dr. Shant Garabedian–worked actively with the Tennessee Armenian community–circulating a petition to Gov. Bredesen in support of the proclamation. Garabedian discussed the initiative following Easter Church services in Nashville this month.
Massachusetts State Republican Committee man Bob Semonian spoke extensively to Governors Bredesen–Johanns–and Blanco during the National Governors Association conference held in Washington DC–last month. He has since worked with local ANC activists in the effort to secure Armenian Genocide proclamations from a series of states across the country.
Semonian–who resides in Watertown–MA–is running for delegate for the Republican National Convention. Registered Republicans in the towns and cities of Arlington–Belmont–Everett–Framingham–Lexington–Lincoln–Malden–Medford–Melrose–Natick–Revere–Stoneham–Waltham–Watertown–Wayland–Weston–Winchester–Winthrop–and Woburn can support his candidacy at the Republican Caucus vote his Saturday–May 1–to be held beginning at 9:00 am at 295 Arsenal St.–in Watertown–MA.