SACRAMENTO–California Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian (R-North San Diego) Thursday authored and led the effort towards passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 20 (ACR 20)–which resolves that the Legislature of the state of California designates April 24–1999–as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923–and for the Victims of the Sumgait Pogroms of 1988 and Baku Riots of 1990."
Furthermore–ACR 20 calls upon the people of California to use vigilance to ensure the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict while protecting the security of the Armenia’s in the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh.
"The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century and serves as an example of man’s inhumanity to man. This resolution not only commemorates the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Turkey–but addresses the pogroms and deportations waged against the Armenia’s in the Azerbaijan cities of Sumgait and Baku between 1988 and 1991," Kaloogian said during a passionate speech given on the floor of the California Assembly.
"This resolution is a reminder to those who would deny the facts–rewrite history–and shift responsibility in order to avoid admissions of guilt. This resolution must be adopted for the sake of righteousness–and human dignity–to pay honor to the living and proper tribute to the massacred," said Kaloogian. "My grandmother survived the genocide in 1915. I am certain that she would be proud of this resolution today–particularly because it calls for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict while protecting the security of the Armenia’s in the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh."
Other members of the State Assembly–including Lou Papan–Richard Floyd–Mike Honda and Elaine Alquist–also voiced their statemen’s and support for this resolution prior to the vote.