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State Of New Jersey Recognized Armenian Genocide

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  • State Of New Jersey Recognized Armenian Genocide


    22.06.2005 06:44

    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ The state of New Jersey for its dual efforts in recognizing and raising awareness of the Armenian Genocide. In Trenton, the General Assembly voted 79 to 0 yesterday to approve a joint resolution commemorating the 90-th anniversary of genocide, while the state-appointed education commission announced a comprehensive curriculum on the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Assembly of America reported. The resolution, which was sponsored by State Assembly members Joan Voss (D-38) and Robert Gordon (D-38), honors the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who were killed by the Ottoman Turks. It states in part, "This joint resolution recognizes the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and acknowledges the criminal mistreatment of the Armenians by the governments of the Ottoman Empire as an issue of international and historic significance." The Assembly also commended New Jersey public officials for the state's pioneering role in human rights education that since 1982 that has now led to the inclusion of Armenian Genocide studies as part of the statewide curriculum. The action, announced yesterday by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education (NJCHE) marks the first time in the United States that a stand-alone curriculum on the Armenian Genocide will be incorporated in public and private schools. The Assembly, together with the Armenian National Institute, initiated and proposed the new curriculum to then governor James McGreevey who convened a meeting of Armenian-American community leaders in late 2003. Following the meeting with the governor, NJCHE Chair Dr. Paul Winkler assembled a committee of educators and specialists to draft a new curriculum. The new curriculum consists of the resource book on the Armenian Genocide developed by the Facing History and Ourselves Foundation (FHAO) entitled "Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: the Genocide of the Armenians, "which will be distributed to middle and high schools throughout New Jersey, along with a guide to teachers prepared by the N.J. Commission on Holocaust Education. The guide was prepared by the Commission in cooperation with the Armenian National Institute.


    [CENTER][I][COLOR="Red"][B]"We must remind the Turkish Government that when they had Sultan Abdul Hamid, we had Andranik Pasha, Serob Aghbyur, and Gevorg Chaush. When they had Taleat pasha, we had Soghomon Tehleryan. New Hrants will be born, and our struggle will go on. [/B][/COLOR][/I][/CENTER]

    [COLOR="Black"][CENTER][B]"Hrant Dink's murder is tragic proof that the Turkish government - through its campaign of denial, threats and intimidation against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide - continues to fuel the same hatred and intolerance that initially led to this crime against humanity more than 90 years ago."[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]

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    ARMENPAC MEMBERS SUPPORT NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLYWOMAN JOAN VOSS Legislator leads the fight for genocide recognition in New Jersey

    Irving, Texas - ARMENPAC Executive Director Jason Capizzi once again had the opportunity to meet with New Jersey Assemblywoman Joan Voss (D-38), a tireless advocate for recognition of the Armenian Genocide in New Jersey, at a recent event in support of her 2007 reelection campaign.

    Assemblywoman Voss has spoken at the annual Armenian Genocide commemoration held at Times Square in New York for the past two years, and has repeatedly sponsored resolutions in the New Jersey State legislature recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Thanks in great part to Dr. Voss; leadership and commitment to Armenian-American issues, New Jersey leads the nation in educating its students on the Armenian Genocide, which is a part of the State's curriculum.

    "New Jersey created a Commission on Holocaust Education in 1982; in 1994 a law was enacted mandating the teaching of the Holocaust and Genocide; and in 2005 the Commission announced a new human rights and genocide curriculum focusing on the Armenian Genocide. As an educator and a legislator, it is one of my main goals to make sure we remember; because in the words of one of my favorite philosophers, George Sartayana, 'those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it'", said Assemblywoman Voss.

    Assemblywoman Voss is serving her second term in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the interests of not just the few Armenian-Americans in her district, but all of those throughout New Jersey. Dr. Voss serves as Vice Chair of the Education Committee, and is also a member of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, the Regulated Professions and Independent Authorities Committee, and the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.

    Assemblywoman Voss' commitment to Armenian-American issues is rooted in her background as a History teacher, when she taught her students about the Armenian Genocide before it was a part of the curriculum. "I remember first hearing about the Armenian Genocide from my childhood friend's grandparents, who were Genocide survivors. Having been a student of History, I educated myself further on this issue, and integrated the Armenian Genocide into my lesson plans to ensure that my students were aware of this fact", said Assemblywoman Voss.

    "Assemblywoman Voss is a tremendous advocate for our issues in New Jersey, whose committed support dates back to before she was an elected official. I am proud to say that she has been a great friend to ARMENPAC and to the Armenian community in New Jersey," said ARMENPAC Executive Director Capizzi.

    If you would like to support Assemblywoman Voss' reelection campaign, contributions can be made payable to "Friends of Joan Voss", P.O. Box 3172, Fort Lee, New Jersey, 07024.