April 29, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tamar Gregorian
tel: 917-428-1918

Pennsylvania State Legislature Reaffirms Armenian Genocide

ANC of PA Thanks Pennsylvania State Senator Amanda Cappelletti

Philadelphia, PA — Pennsylvania State Senator Amanda Cappelletti introduced Senate Resolution 99 reaffirming the Commonwealth’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide on the heels of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this year, reported the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).

Pennsylvania recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1965 and committed to reaffirming it every year. This year’s resolution is a result of the work of the ANC of Pennsylvania and its activists’ grassroots efforts to reaffirm and recognize the Armenian Genocide especially in light of the Azerbaijani and Turkish attacks on Artsakh last year – attacks that signify the continuation of genocide.

“The ANC of Pennsylvania thanks the Senator Cappelletti for reaffirming the Commonwealth’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and acknowledging Artsakh’s right to self-determination. We appreciate the Senator’s efforts – a freshman dedicated to carrying the torch lit by her predecessor Daylin Leach who championed Armenian Genocide recognition in Pennsylvania for nearly two decades. We look forward to working more closely with Senator Cappelletti and her staff,” said Karine Shamlian, ANC of PA co-chair.

“This year’s resolution holds an even deeper meaning since we witnessed the continued genocidal campaign perpetrated by Turkey and Azerbaijan during the Artsakh War last fall. To this day, they continue their efforts to eradicate the Armenian people, churches, and monuments from our ancestral homeland. The ANC of PA has and will remain steadfast in making sure the voice of Pennsylvania’s Armenian American community is heard by our state and Congressional leaders,” added Shamlian.

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The Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) is the grassroots advocacy organization representing the views and advancing the policy priorities of Armenian-Americans and friends of Armenia across the Eastern United States. Working in coordination with a network of local ANCs, community advocates and local supporters, ANCA-ER actively advances the concerns, interests, and priorities of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.