California Assembly Concurrent Resolution

April 18, 1980

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 130

Relative to a State Day of Remembrance.

Filed with Secretary of State: April 18, 1980

WHEREAS, The State of California has repeatedly gone on record in support of human rights around the world; and

WHEREAS, The genocide of Armenians in Turkey is a well documented fact with 1,500,000 Armenians massacred during the years 1915 to 1918 alone; and

WHEREAS, This genocide has been consistently denied by the Turkish Government; and

WHEREAS, The Armenians in some countries must continue to endure daily acts of oppression, such as denial of their basic human rights, confiscation of their churches and schools, and punishment for speaking their native language openly; and

WHEREAS, April 24, 1915, is the date historians have marked as the beginning of the massacre and consequently this day should be a day of reflection by all Armenians and other Americans; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates April 24, 1980, as "State day of Remembrance" and requests the Governor of California to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the State of California to observe such a day as a day of remembrance for all the victims of genocide, especially those of Armenian ancestry who succumbed to the genocide perpetrated in 1915, and in whose memory this date is commemorated by all Armenians and their friends throughout the world; and be it further

Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit a copy of this resolution to the Governor of California.