R 273
2015 -- S 0913
Enacted 05/14/2015

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Raptakis, Gallo, Goldin, Paiva Weed, and Algiere
Date Introduced: May 14, 2015

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island is proud to be the home of numerous ethnic communities,
many of whom have prospered and enjoyed the freedom and democracy upon which our nation
was founded; tragically, throughout history, the people of many countries have not realized the
same autonomy and equality; and
     WHEREAS, From 1914 until 1922, in a systematic attempt to exterminate an entire
population, the Ottoman Turks directed the killing of 353,000 Pontian and Anatolian Greeks and
over a million Armenians and Assyrians living in Pontos, and an equal number who were forced
to flee their homeland in one of the most condemnable atrocities in the history of the world; and
     WHEREAS, The Ottoman and Kemals Neoturks engaged in exile, starvation, slaughter,
and murder, using axes and fire to massacre the Pontic Greek population and perpetrate the first
mass genocide of the 20th century; and
     WHEREAS, It is vital and proper to remember those who lost their lives in the Pontian
Genocide, and it is paramount that people of all nations look at this horrific event in our world’s
not-so-distant history as a way to learn a valuable lesson, so that such atrocities are not tolerated
and are never committed again; and
     WHEREAS, It is likewise important to pay tribute to the survivors of this atrocious
period, as well as their descendents, who have made countless contributions to the enrichment of
our culture and our way of life here in the Ocean State and who stand as an inspiration to
oppressed people around the world; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby joins the Greek-American community on May 19th of each year in a solemn
commemoration of the Pontian Genocide of 1914-1922; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Panayiotis Petridis at the Panayia Soumela
Pontian Society of Boston.