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April 22, 2010
The annual Armenian Genocide observance and commemoration at the Alex Theatre reminds us of certain unavoidable facts. As an elected official, let me state them from my heart in words so clear as to command their assent. We must never forget the Armenian Genocide and the inhumanity surrounding this tragic event. We must bring inexhaustible energy, heart and sense of purpose to ending the unmitigated shame and understated disgrace at the failure of our government in Washington to formally recognize this tragedy as historic fact.
By Arin Mikailian, | April 11, 2014
Public officials in Glendale are praising a vote by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that passed a resolution to observe and commemorate the Armenian Genocide. Authored by committee chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Resolution 410 was approved by a 12-5 vote and will now head to the full Senate. “This resolution reaffirms in the strongest terms that we will always remember this tragedy and honor the memory of innocent Armenian men, women and children who were killed and expelled from their homeland,” Menendez said in a statement.
July 31, 2004
Gary Moskowitz A federal court judge approved a $20-million life insurance settlement Friday in favor of descendants of Armenians who purchased policies prior to the 1915 Armenian Genocide but were refused benefits. The case spanned 89 years, and its verdict is important because it is a formal recognition of the genocide by the federal courts, said Brian Kabateck, a Los Angeles attorney who represented the descendants of policyholders. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale)
April 23, 2005
Cornerstone Theater Company will present three performances of "I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen" by Leon Z. Surmelian at the Alex Theatre. This stage adaptation is by playwright-in-residence Yehuda Hyman and directed by founding member Christopher Liam Moore. It is the true story of an Armenian orphan boy whose brave and poetic spirit guides him through a tragic odyssey in his war-torn country and propels him into a new life in America. History and literature come to life using text from Sumelian's memoir about surviving the Armenian Genocide.
By Jason Wells | September 23, 2009
A coalition of Armenian groups and attorneys are scheduled to hold a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the implications of a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that struck down a California law allowing insurance claim lawsuits related to the Armenian Genocide. The town hall meeting — to be held at St. Mary’s Apostolic Church, 500 S. Central Ave. — comes as Rep. Adam Schiff filed a legal brief Monday with the appellate court in support of a petition for a rehearing of the case.
April 19, 2008
On the face of it, the Armenian Genocide is about Armenians. But it must serve as a lesson to all mankind, so that the tragic events of the past never become the fate of new generations. The annual Week of Remembrance, starting Sunday, offers a chance to solemnly look back. It is a week devoted to remembering the Armenian Genocide, when the Ottoman-Turkish Empire killed 1.5 million Armenians. For many, it is just history — easy to bury in the days when it happened, more than 90 years ago in a land far away from the neighborhoods of Glendale and Burbank.
By Christopher Cadelago | April 24, 2010
DOWNTOWN — In the wake of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s announcement to suspend all efforts to normalize relations with Turkey, hundreds of people gathered at the Alex Theatre to commemorate the first genocide of the 20th century. And while attendees Friday did not bear witness to the start of the mass exterminations, many mourned the losses of aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers. On the eve of the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the word “genocide” alone continues to frustrate international relations.
By Zain Shauk | March 7, 2010
Three candidates vying to fill a vacant seat in the 43rd Assembly District faced off in a bilingual forum Sunday that featured perspectives on the state budget, the economy and the Armenian Genocide. The Assembly hopefuls were non-confrontational while expressing their often starkly different takes on solving state challenges, with one calling for cuts to regulations while another pushed for passing new laws to stimulate growth. “We are the only state that doesn’t tax the oil companies that drill,” Democrat Nayiri Nahabedian, a member of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, said in response to a question about how to improve funding for education.
By Tracy E. Gilchrist | September 13, 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.
By Jason Wells | April 25, 2008
Armenia’s past collided with its future Thursday night on a stage, in a theater, in Glendale. The more than 1,300 people who attended the city’s event at the Alex Theatre commemorating the 93rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were confronted with a classic herald to the Eurasian country’s tragic past through operatic overtures, while at the same time challenged to maintain the momentum for international recognition of...
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