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California Divests from Sudan

Governor visits, signs bills

BOB HOPE AIRPORT — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center on Monday to sign two pieces of legislation intended to put pressure on leaders in Sudan to halt government-sponsored genocide in the Darfur region.

The first law, Assembly Bill 2941, will prohibit the state’s pension programs — the California Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teachers Retirement System — from making investments in corporations with business ties to Sudan.

“This is an action that says we do not cooperate with them in the horrors of Darfur,” he said. “We will not pay for it; we will not support it and we will not enable it.”

The second piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 2179, provides legal safeguards for the University of California against potential liability issues that could stem from state divestiture of funds from companies with interests in Sudan, he said.

Joining Schwarzenegger for the bill-signing ceremony on Monday were former

U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, celebrity activists Don Cheadle and George Clooney and Assemblyme

ich lobbied heavily for the legislation, raising money and collecting petition signatures.

n Tim Leslie and Paul Koretz, who wrote the bills. Also in attendance was Father Vazken Movsesian, a parish priest at St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale and director of In His Shoes Ministries, wh

“It’s our way of saying that we’re walking in the shoes of the people of Darfur, just as we’ve gone through our own genocide,” Movsesian said. “It’s sending a loud, clear signal that genocide will not be tolerated in the modern world. The one weapon that we have is money. It costs money to run a genocide and by California — the world’s fifth-largest economy — divesting from Sudan, it’s sending a signal that if you continue it, you’re out of money. Without picking up any guns, without killing anybody, we’re making a difference.”

The Sudanese genocide, which began in 2003, has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children and left millions homeless, Schwarzenegger said.

“No one is being spared, and even if the violence would stop today, the country would still have deep scars for many generations to come,” he said.

The governor also signed a bill on Monday that permits California residents affected by the Armenian Genocide to pursue legal challenges against financial institutions that withhold deposited or looted assets, extending the statute of limitations to Dec. 31, 2016.

Schwarzenegger has signed Armenian Genocide Commemoration bills every year since he took office in 2003.

 

Reiteration

Next Step #672: On the eve of the Armenian Genocide anniversary: Challenges to the necessity or nuisance side of remembrance. Genocide: The voices that matter. George Floyd murder trial. Keith Ellison on “Justice.” Order of events: Resurrection does not precede crucifixion. Abp. Jose Gomez’s voice. South American Armenians. Fr. Levon Apelian, passing noted.
George Floyd, “Language after Asphyxiation
Michael Arlen “Passage to Ararat
Abp Jose Gomez on Social Justice
Keith Ellison and comments on Floyd Murder verdict
WD168 for this week
Haig Yazdjian “Beast on the Moon
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Community, Organization and Change

Next Step #602: A conversation with Sophia Armen that moves from the US recognition of the Armenian Genocide to the fundamental existential issues of life. Listen in as this bright young scholar of ethnic studies, politics and Genocide matters shares insights about the passage of the resolution and the dynamics of protest to effectuate change. The forces of assimilation, discrimination, survival and the challenges for today.
John Bilezikjian Merry Christmas Album
Sophia Armen, L.A. Times
Senator Menendez Breaks Down on Genocide resolution announcement
Fr. Vazken on Advent (AC202)
Fr. Vazken on Christmas (AC101)
FLY – Freedom Loving Youth
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Cover: “Reflections & Boundaries” Fr. Vazken 2019
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Unmasking Halloween

Next Step #595: What’s under the mask? Strip search and the necessity to cry while peeling an onion and the layers that mask our selves and our lives. What we lost as the US Congress recognized the Genocide. Beyond mourning: applying tragedy to the betterment of our life. The “3 Year Contract”: Another element in the Armodoxy equation. Justifying ideas as Christian even though they are out of sync with reality – 2000 years ago and today. Cafeteria Christianity and making it work for you: Nothing new here. “Center of Attention” debuts this weekend! Harry Houdini “darelitz”, zombies, standard time and much more, all in this edition of the Next Step.
Dun Ringil by Jethro Tull
Commemorate a Genocide by focusing today
Adam Schiff on Genocide Resolution
Fr. Manoog Markarian on Halloween (Armenian)
Fr. Vazken on Halloween (English)
Fr. Vazken on Fear and Halloween (1995)
God, Lemmy & The Walking Dead: The Gospel According To Ian Anderson
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Metaphysical Paralysis

Next Step #412: From accidents to determinism, the factors that defy fatalism make for a background to a metaphysical analysis. The aftermath and afterglow of 101 years and counting. Political myth and hype that keeps the masses entertained. Opportunities missed and the next step.
Announcing the new Gor Mkhitarian album “Passport”
Calliandra Shade by Ian Anderson
Aurora Prize in Armenia
St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale
100 Year Journey trailer
100 Year Journey virtual tour: www.100yearjourney.org
Fr. Vazken in Rwanda
Cover Photo: “Hanging at Micky D’s on the 24th” by Fr. Vazken, 2016
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A Crucial Week

Next Step #358: A crucial week dissected – Pope Francis Mass and proclamation on Genocide; Ecumenical Service at Our Lady of the Angels; Mayor Eric Garcetti’s speech and the Armenian American Medical Association honors healers – words from the crisis by Dr. Sabrina Avakian. St. Gregory of Narek – #36 doctor of the Church,
Song:”Mayigis” by Hovhaness Badalyan
Pope Francis’ Mass
Armenian American Medical Society
100 Souls in His Shoes
100 Year Journey
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Levers & Switches

Next Step #357: The physics behind In His Shoes, the 100 Souls project, and Armenian Genocide. Leveraging Love. Energizing with the Easter Message 2015.
Song: Datevik “Fascinating Rhythms” Stage to Stage CD
100 Souls in His Shoes
100 Year Journey: www.100YearJourney.org
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