The L.A. County Democratic Party recently passed a resolution to ask the California Democratic Party to endorse efforts to educate its members about the Armenian Genocide and reject efforts to deny the crime.
The resolution was authored by the Southern California Armenian Democrats, which has many local members. It received widespread support on its way to the county party’s executive committee.
The vote came on the eve of the 97th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks.
The Turkish government has refused to acknowledge the deaths as genocide.
The state Democratic Party is on record for supporting remembrance of the Armenian Genocide and has expressed its desire to make sure such a crime never happens again.
However, at the California Democratic convention in February, several Armenians and their supporters held a peaceful protest during an appearance by talk show host Cenk Uygur at a meeting of the state party’s progressive caucus. Uygur is host of the "Young Turks” TV program and made denialist comments about the genocide in the 1990s.
-- Mark Kellam, Times Community News