Congressman Adam Schiff, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Delivered Speeches, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Calls for Turkey Divestment.
LOS ANGELES — Tens of thousands of activists, community members and allies turned out on April 24 for the March for Justice for the Armenian Genocide at the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles. Throngs of people were in attendance on to seek justice and demand recognition and reparations from the government of Turkey.
As one of the featured speakers at the rally in front of the Consulate General of Turkey in Los Angeles on Tuesday April 24, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome delivered a powerful message to the state and to the Turkish Republic, stating unequivocally, “It is wrong of us as a state and as a system like the UC to invest on Turkish government businesses and bonds. It’s time for divestment at the UC and CalPERS! And let me commit to you to work hard to advance that principal as well as we advance the principle of reconciliation.”
Over the past four years, beginning with the UC Divest Turkey movement, and subsequently at the initiative of the ANCA-WR and the leadership of Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, there has been a campaign to have state public funds divested from the government of the Turkish Republic due to its ongoing Armenian Genocide denial and horrendous human rights record. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has had a long history with Armenian American community in his native San Francisco and has been a strong supporter of its issues beginning with his days as San Francisco Supervisor, them as Mayor of the City following his election in 2003, and as Lieutenant Governor for the past eight years.
The March for Justice, organized by the Armenian Genocide Committee (AGC), a group of 20 community organizations and religious leaders who have come together to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, commenced at Pan Pacific Park with welcoming remarks by Lara Armani that was followed by two strong musical performances by Marc Tourelle and Maria Cozette. Hip hop recording artist Marc Tourelle performed his single, “1915″ which is a powerful sing about the Armenian Genocide while singer, songwriter, and producer Maria Cozette performed “Adana”. Armani then invited LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti to deliver messages of support and solidarity to the Armenian Community.
The program also featured representatives of the Assyrian Student Association of Los Angeles, American Hellenic Council, Assyrian American Association of Southern California, Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group of Los Angeles, who all expressed their solidarity and support for the Armenian community during their remarks.