June 23, 2007
A bill calling for U.S. recognition and commemoration of the Armenian genocide surpassed more than 200 cosponsors in the House of Representatives this week, the most by any genocide bill ever introduced, officials said. Introduced in January by Rep. Adam Schiff, whose district includes Glendale and Burbank, House Resolution 106 calls on the president to characterize the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as genocide. The bill had 204 co-sponsors as of Thursday.
June 23, 2007
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. TODAY Author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert will be reading and signing copies of her book, "The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide," at 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble of Glendale, 245 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Ahnert's memoir recalls how her mother survived the genocide as a teenager during World War I and eventually came to the United States.
April 14, 2007
Former Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian's seat on the California Transportation Commission was confirmed unanimously by the California Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday. Zarian was appointed to the commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in April 2006, but had not been confirmed for the post. The confirmation means Zarian's term will continue until April 23, 2010. "I'm extremely honored that the state Senate approved what the governor appointed last year," Zarian said. "There is no greater honor."
March 24, 2007
Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents Glendale and Burbank, pressured Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice about the State Department's stance on the Armenian genocide at a House Appropriations hearing subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. Though administration officials frequently acknowledge the mass killings of Armenians in 1915, the State Department does not officially recognize the events as genocide. Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sent a letter to chairs of certain Congressional committees stating their opposition to recognizing the Armenian genocide on March 7, which prompted Schiff to broach the topic on Wednesday, he said.
February 3, 2007
Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents Glendale and Burbank, announced the introduction of a resolution Tuesday recognizing and commemorating the Armenian genocide. It is the second year Schiff has introduced such a resolution, but looked for Congress' new leadership to help him pass the resolution this year. It received support in the form of 165 co-signing members of Congress. The resolution has the support of the Armenian National Committee of America, the Armenian Assembly of America and the U.S. Armenia Public Affairs Committee Schiff stated that the U.S. has both compelling moral and historical reasons to formally recognize the Armenian genocide as well as the ability to bring further attention the genocides currently taking place in other parts of the world.
November 18, 2006
A quick glance at library-resource materials at John Muir Middle School and it's apparent that Laureen Segovia is passionate about bringing attention to the world's struggles. Segovia, the school's librarian, is on a mission to help students learn as much as they can about genocides. She talks to students about the historical events surrounding the genocide of American Indians, the Holocaust and the Armenian, Cambodian, Rwandan and Darfurian genocides. To help them learn more, Segovia has on display books, reference materials, videos and up-to-date information on Darfur for students to look through each time they visit the library.
September 23, 2006
The percentage of new clergy younger than 35, across mainline denominations, including Protestant and Roman Catholic, is reportedly dropping, according to a recent study by the Lewis Center for Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. Are you seeing a drop in your faith? If so, what do you think is driving it? Are you concerned? The dilemma of an aging clergy is symptomatic of a general aging of church and synagogue members. Seats vacated by the older generation are now left empty instead of being filled by youth.
September 16, 2006
GLENDALE ? A judge's ruling on Monday to move forward in a class-action suit against two German banks accused of withholding money and property from victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide brings their descendants a step closer to restitution and recognition of the tragedy, their attorneys said. "It's a watershed moment," said Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos, who represents the plaintiffs who are descendants of the victims of the genocide. United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow's ruling marks the first time a lawsuit against a non-insurance company regarding assets withheld from Armenian Genocide victims' descendants has gotten this far along, Geragos said.