Armenian Genocide Education Act Passes Senate Education Committee

Last genocide survivor passes as Genocide Education is brought to forefront of California curricula

Sacramento (CA) – Today the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed AB 1915, The Armenian Genocide Education Act, with a vote of 7-0. The human rights education measure authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian D-(Sherman Oaks), will require the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in the list of studied subject areas for the adopted courses of study in Social Science for 7-12. It will also encourage the incorporation of an oral history component into the teaching of human rights, and genocides, including the Holocaust, Armenian, Cambodian, Darfur, and Rwandan genocides.

The introduction of this measure comes at a defining point, in not only working towards a more comprehensive curriculum about the Armenian Genocide, but also in having the international community recognize an atrocity that has for too long been overlooked.

Valley Glen Festival Promises Plenty of Family Fun this Year; Raffle Grand Prize an Apple iPad

The annual Valley Glen Festival, will be held Sunday, May 18th from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Valley Glen Community Park at the corner of Ethel Avenue and Delano Street in Valley Glen.

Raffle grand prize this year is a brand new Apple iPad. Other prizes will include restaurant certificates for two, gift baskets, houseplants and more. Raffle tickets, six for $5.00 and 12 for $10.00, are on sale now.

The festival features an outdoor barbecue serving hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken and vegan burgers along with all the fixings. Attendees bringing a potluck side dish or dessert will receive a free raffle ticket. BBQ tickets are $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. Anyone making a donation of $25.00 receives a free food ticket and a raffle ticket.

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Assemblyman Nazarian Celebrates Nowruz in CA Legislature

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) presented ACR 91 in the Assembly this week in celebration of "Nowruz," the Persian New Year. The California State Assembly joined the Persian community throughout the state in celebrating March 20, 2014, as the beginning of the Persian New Year and extends best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous Nowruz to all Californians.

The commencement of the New Year marks the beginning of Spring, which usually falls on March 20th. Nowruz is celebrated and observed in Iran, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Trans Caucus region.