Whereas, between 1915 and 1923, the government of Turkey and the Young Turk Party launched a premeditated campaign of extermination against the indigenous Armenian population of Asia Minor by massacres, death marches, rapes, and looting, causing the death of one and a half million persons and scattering survivors around the world in a global Diaspora; and
Whereas, the California Democratic Party is on record joining Armenian-Americans, the international community and all people who care about justice, in their remembrance of the Armenian Genocide and their desire to ensure that the crime of genocide must never be legitimized or forgotten, wherever and whenever it occurs; and
Whereas, the California Democratic Party has called upon the United States Congress and the President of the United States to recognize that the horrific crimes against humanity committed by the Ottoman government from 1915 to 1923 must accurately and unequivocally be characterized as genocide.
Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, on this ninety-seventh anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, commend the Armenian community for bringing awareness to the genocide and crimes against humanity and to ask the California Democratic Party to publicly endorse efforts to educate DSCC members about the Armenian Genocide and reject efforts to deny this crime; and,
Be It Further Resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to President Barack Obama, to Congressmembers Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Howard Barman, Henry Waxman, and the California Democratic Party.
Author: Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD), Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian
Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee 4/9/12
Passed by LACP 4/10/12