May 24, 2003
The House Judiciary Committee this week passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D--Burbank) recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The resolution, co-sponsored by Rep. George Radanovich (R--Fresno), was passed unanimously, and will now be eligible for a floor vote by the full House of Representatives. It states that 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were killed between 1915 and 1923 by the Ottoman Empire, which is modern-day Turkey. The bill was introduced April 10 to coincide with the 88th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
March 5, 2005
Money can't bring back lives lost. It can't bring back grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, children or ancestors never known. But it can be a step on the long road to healing, justice and a better community. Representatives from the Glendale-based Armenian Educational Foundation and Burbank-based Armenian Church of the North America Western Diocese received checks this week for more than $333,000. It was part of a settlement reached last year in which insurance company New York Life agreed to settle with descendants of victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
October 10, 2009
There are a number of disputes tied to the protocols under which long-estranged Armenia and Turkey are expected to open official talks. There’s the future of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave within the borders of Azerbaijan that is home to many ethnic Armenians but that also has close ties to Turkey. There’s the land disputes between the two countries on the eastern front. But above all, there’s the condition for a historical commission to investigate the veracity of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated under Turkey’s forbearer, the Ottoman Empire.
April 25, 2007
It's been more than 90 years, and the United States has not come to terms with what Argentina, France, Canada, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the European Parliament, Uruguay and Armenia recognize: that the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks were more than the collateral damage of war. The time is long overdue for the federal government to officially recognize that...
April 19, 2003
Ryan Carter In an annual effort that has traditionally been an uphill battle on Capitol Hill, a local congressman has taken the reins of pushing a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide for passage. This year, for the first time, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) took the lead in nudging Congress to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide because former Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.), the effort's former lead sponsor, retired. Schiff also sits on the House International Relations Committee and the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.
October 18, 2003
Ryan Carter Legislation seeking to help survivors of those killed in the Armenian Genocide collect on pre-genocide insurance policies has been launched by a local lawmaker. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Thursday introduced the Armenian Victims Insurance Fairness Act. If passed and signed by the president, it would give states the authority to assist survivors of the Armenian Genocide, and the families of those killed, in making insurance claims.
April 24, 2013
More than 100 people gathered at Burbank City Hall Tuesday to commemorate the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, which together claimed the lives of 7.5 million people. Descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors lit seven candles at the City Council meeting to commemorate their families and the six million massacred. Nina Guttman and David Drexler lit a candle for their mother, Rena Drexler, who survived four years in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Steve Harman lit a candle for Holocaust survivor Irving Belfer, who escaped from a death march.
March 6, 2010
A House resolution to acknowledge the Armenian genocide narrowly moved out of a key legislative committee Thursday, a day after the Obama administration cautioned against a vote that it feared could jeopardize Armenia’s and the United States’ relations with Turkey. The resolution by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) declared that 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923 in a campaign “conceived and carried out by the Ottoman Empire.” The legislation moved out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a 23-22 vote after an impassioned discussion in which some members expressed fears that the resolution could adversely affect American military operations in Iraq.
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.