California State Legislature Passes AJR 31
The California State Legislature passes the Assembly Joint Resolution No. 31 (AJR31).
History of Resolution AJR 31 (The Assyrians in Iraq)
On Friday January 30, 2004, Assembly Member Greg Aghazarian (R-Stockton) presented Albert Gabriel, Wilfred Bet Alkhas, and Fred Aprim with framed copies of resolution AJR 31 recognizing their efforts in writing, promoting, and publicizing the resolution.
It was on April 23, 2003, that California legislators introduced the
resolution to recognize the Assyrians in future Iraq. On June 24, 2003, the
California Joint Assembly filed Resolution AJR 31 (The Assyrians in Iraq)
with the Secretary of State as the Resolution passed both houses of the
State of California with an overwhelming approval.
The official announcement from the State of California web site, updated June 5, 2003 (a link to it provided here or [Archive]) reflects the groups and the number of individual supporters of the resolution. The web site indicates the names of St. Mary's Assyrian Church, Visionary Inc., and 500 individuals.
Zinda Magazine's founder and editor, Mr. Wilfred Bet Alkhas, played a great role in gathering support for the resolution through a special web page that was designed for that specific purpose.
We want to thank all fellow Assyrians who took the time and sent their support to the office of Assembly Member Greg Aghazarian (the final figure of supporters stood at 866 individual Assyrians worldwide). If this resolution proved something, it is then that we as individuals can make the difference.
Please take a moment and send a thank you note to Assembly Member Greg Aghazarian for his efforts at this address: