Pasadena ANC To Commemorate 89th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

PRESS RELEASE
Armenian National Committee of Pasadena
740 East Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104-5007
Telephone: 626.798-0751
Fax: 626.798-7872

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Contact: Peter Tashjian
Telephone: (626) 255-4658

PASADENA ARMENIANS TO COMMEMORATE 89th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Congressman Adam Schiff to be the Keynote Speaker at April 16th Event

PASADENA, CA (April 15, 2004) – The Armenian National Committee of
Pasadena (ANC-Pasadena) and its affiliated organizations will
commemorate the 89th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with keynote
speaker Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA 29) on Friday, April 16 at 7:30
p.m. at the Pasadena Armenian Center,740 East Washington Boulevard.

Congressman Adam Schiff will give attendees an update on the status of
House Resolution 193, which would commemorate the 15th Anniversary of
the U.S. ratification the U.N. Convention on the Punishment and
Prevention of Genocides. H.Res. 193 which was co-authored by
Congressman Adam Schiff, specifically mentions the Armenian Genocide
as an example of genocide in the 20th century.

The honorable Consul General of the Republic of Armenia, Gagig
Giragossyan, will also speak at the event. Hundreds of Armenian
Americans, along with community leaders and public officials are
expected to be present to attendthis special event and show solidarity
in the quest for justice for the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Although historians and eyewitnesses have unequivocally described the
events of 1915-1923 as a state sponsored genocide, the Republic of
Turkey continues to deny the claims through public relations campaigns
and paid lobbyists.

`Congressman Schiff has always been a strong advocate of issues of
concern to our community since his days in the California State
Senate. As one of the principal co-authors of House Resolution 193,
he is the ideal person to provide insight on the status of the
resolution. We are very grateful that he accepted our invitation,’
stated Shahan Stepanian, ANC-Pasadena Chair. `This will be a unique
evening with all federal, state and city officials paying respect to
the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide,’ added Stepanian.

The ANC-Pasadena works to raise awareness and educate the general
public about issues of concern to the Armenian-American community.

To find out more about this event, call (626) 798-7872.

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