For Immediate Release
Contact: Sarine Boyadian
tel: (818) 500-1918
ANCA-WR Statement on Funding for the Armenian American Museum and Statewide Genocide Education
GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region issued a statement Thursday praising California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and statewide Genocide education.
Below is the text of that statement:
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the Armenian-American community. The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very grateful to each and every California State Assemblymember and Senator who worked so hard to negotiate and to pass today’s State budget which includes significant funding of $10 million for the implementation of the Genocide education curriculum framework and a total of $4 million for the Armenian American Museum.
The ANCA-WR is especially thankful to Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for initiating the process and remaining committed to it for more than two years, to Senator Anthony Portantino for continuing it to fruition since his recent election, and to Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for their leadership and genuine consideration of the needs of the vast Armenian-American constituency in California.
The ANCA-WR continues to work closely with each of these elected officials and many others in Sacramento toward accomplishing these goals and looks forward to the final signature by Governor Brown.
Legislation of this magnitude requires long term planning and implementation by legislators and an engaged citizenry. The ANCA-WR has been at the forefront of these issues, and more, by tirelessly advocating to pass initiatives important to the Armenian American community. This has truly been a collective effort between the public and private sectors. Our grassroots heeded our Action Alerts over the last two years, our Board and Staff had frequent meetings in Sacramento with our elected officials, and our Chief Legislative Consultant Haig Baghdassarian testified multiple times in committee hearings, all of which culminated in this important budget commitment from the State.
Today’s vote clearly demonstrates the political strength of our community and the importance of remaining civically engaged, and the ANCA-WR will remain committed to representing the interests of our community in the halls of government in California and beyond.