Thank you LAUSD for Recognizing the Armenian Genocide!

On April 18, 2017 the LAUSD Board passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide (see below). 

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LAUSD Board Member Monica Ratliff with members of the ANCA-WR Education Committee and Grant HS students. (photo credit: Sean Abajian)

Recognition of April as Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 

(Res 073-16/17) Ms. Ratliff, Mr. Schmerelson, Dr. Vladovic, Mr. Zimmer, Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. McKenna, Ms. García

Noticed March 14, 2017 - ADOPTED

Whereas, April 24, 2017, marks the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide;

Whereas, The Armenian people were subjects of a systematic and premeditated genocidal campaign, which began at the hands of the Ottoman government, through 1919 and continued under the Kemalist government of the Republic of Turkey from 1920 through 1923, whereby 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were slaughtered or marched to their deaths in an effort to annihilate the Armenian Nation in the first modern genocide, while thousands of kidnapped children and young women were forced to change their Armenian names to Turkish names and convert to Islam, and hundreds of thousands more were subjected to ethnic cleansing during the period of the modern Republic of Turkey from 1924 through 1937;

Whereas, These crimes against humanity also had the consequence of permanently removing all traces of the Armenians and other targeted people from their historic homelands, and enriching the perpetrators with the lands and other property of the victims of these crimes, including the usurpation of several thousand churches;

Whereas, In response to the Genocide, the Near East Relief organization, the first Congressionally sanctioned American philanthropic effort created exclusively to rescue the Armenian Nation and other Christian minorities, was founded and provided unprecedented relief, delivering more than $117 million of humanitarian assistance between 1915 and 1930, and saving approximately one million refugees, including 130,000 orphans of the Genocide;

Whereas, The Republic of Turkey has inexplicably and adamantly denied the occurrence of the crimes against humanity committed by the Ottoman and Young Turk rulers for many years, and continues to do so a full century since the first crimes constituting genocide occurred, despite the Turkish government’s earlier admissions and the overwhelming proof of genocidal intent; Whereas, The State of California has been at the forefront of encouraging and promoting a curriculum relating to human rights and genocide in order to empower future generations to prevent recurrence of genocide;

Whereas, The Governor of California, in accordance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution 51, proclaimed April 24 of each year as a State Day of Remembrance in recognition of the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide;

Whereas, The concern for human rights is a major element in the History-Social Science framework for California public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade;

Whereas, The District has a significant Armenian student population, many of whom have family members who experienced first-hand the horror and evil of the Armenian Genocide and the ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide;

Whereas, The District has been at the forefront of mandating that the Armenian Genocide not only be taught, but discussed and made a focal teaching point for universal religious and ethnic tolerance; and

Whereas, Every student and person, regardless of ethnicity or national origin, should be made aware of and educated about the Armenian Genocide so that it and other state-sanctioned forms of ethnic cleansing may never happen again; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District hereby designates April as the month of “Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915”, and in doing so will ensure that the Armenian Genocide is properly taught to students, staff, and the community at large; and, be it finally

Resolved, That the Los Angeles Unified School District reaffirms its commitment to working with legislators, nonprofit organizations, and school personnel to ensure that genocide studies remain an important part of the high school social studies curriculum.


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