PRESS RELEASE
November 2, 2009
Contact: Press Department
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 393-3434

COLORADO GOVERNOR COMMENDS LOCAL ACTIVIST ROZ DUMAN, ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY
FOR LEADERSHIP ON GENOCIDE AWARENESS, PREVENTION

Washington, DC - In recognition of their leadership and commitment,
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter expressed his appreciation and thanks for
those individuals, activists and organizations that "fight for justice
and truth" reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).

"Roz Duman's tireless work on genocide awareness and prevention
continues to make an impact on lives throughout the world," said Gov.
Ritter. "I congratulate Roz and the Colorado Coalition for Genocide
Awareness and Action for the kind of leadership and commitment that is
essential to ensuring there are no future genocides. Roz, and
organizations like the Armenian Assembly of America, continue to fight
for justice and truth, and I thank them for their great
accomplishments."

Roz Duman, who is the Founder and Director of the Colorado Coalition for
Genocide Awareness & Action (CCGAA), has worked closely with the local
Armenian-American community and the Assembly's State Chair for Colorado,
Pamela Barsam Brown. The Assembly is also a member organization of the
CCGAA.

"The CCGAA will continue to work with the local Armenian community to
help raise awareness about the incontestable fact of the Armenian
Genocide," stated Duman. Duman added that "the CCGAA will also continue
to do whatever must be done to confront denial and affirm the Armenian
Genocide so that the many Armenians who perished in the Ottoman Empire
did not die in vain."

"The Assembly has a strong tradition of reaching out and working with
individuals and organizations that share the same goals and values
regarding genocide education and prevention," stated Assembly Executive
Director Bryan Ardouny. "We echo the Governor's praise for Roz Duman and
the CCGAA's work in raising greater awareness about this critically
important human rights issue."

Duman is currently the Volunteer Coordinator at KBDI Channel 12 and
former Program Director for the International Multi-Cultural Institute.
In addition, Duman has served in many different volunteer capacities,
received multiple awards for her humanitarian work, and has served on
numerous boards; including the Holocaust Awareness Institute at the
University of Denver (after serving as its Director) and the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Celebration Commission, among others.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest
Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding
and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
membership organization.

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