April declared "Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month" in Georgia

7 MARCH 2014 -- House Resolution 1350 passed in the Georgia House Chambers on March 7, 2014, under the sponsorship of Senator Jason Carter and Representative Stacey Abrams. The proclamation declared April of 2014 as "Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month" in the state of Georgia. The Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide was invited to be recognized by the House of Representatives.

As stated in the proclamation, "The goal of Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month is to educate the public about the history of previous and contemporary genocides; how to advocate against future genocides; to focus attention on the specter of genocide so that policies, strategies, and programs geared towards combating the evils of genocide can be developed; and to commemorate the victims of genocide." To read HR 1350 in full, please follow this link.
The Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide's mission is to develop a permanent antigenocide constituency in Georgia. Founded and led by Melanie Neklin, the Coalition depends on citizen support to engage elected officials at the state and national levels through advocacy and action and by creating awareness within the community.
The proclamation was also supported by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, American Jewish Committee, ACCESS, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Temple Sinai, Atlanta Eternal-Life Hemshech, National Council for Jewish Women, STAND, Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlanta, Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and Fayetteville High School.