The following was posted on the PBS list group and I thought it may be of
interest to members of this list also, given the recent discussions re:
----- Original Message -----
From: "sandra burns" <skbdesign@...>
Sent: Saturday, July 13, 2002 11:26 AM
Subject: [PBS] California bill to at State Leg.
> I would like to forward this to call attention to this
> important message from the Polonia SF Organization:
> Important California bill at the State Legislature
> The bill is AB2003. The reason why it is important is
> it will shape the California education about Poland
> the next few generations. The title of the bill is:
> "The Holocaust and Genocide Education Act". It is
> about as the first bill of this kind in the United
> The legislators themselves say that this bill will
> as an example for other states to follow. The
> version of the bill did not mention Poland's WWII
> at all. Polish American Congress is comprehensively
> involved in making sure that the bill will accurately
> proportionately focus on all groups of victims,
> Poles and provide respect and dignity for the Polish
> victims of Nazi Germany. I would like to praise one of
> Polish American Congress members in bringing this bill
> the PAC attention. Gordon Black spotted this bill
> after its introduction in February 2002. At first
> there were
> two organizations fighting for changes: Polish
> Congress and Two Flags, a local Mendocino organization
> Mr. Black founded many years ago. We achieved at the
> stage an addition of wording "Polish Genocide" to the
> of other groups of victims. After deeper analysis of
> the bill
> we realized its significance for the generations to
> We are now in the process of asking for other changes.
> Polish-American community wants to amend the
> of Holocaust to reflect all groups of victims, or at
> four to five most significant ones. Also, in the
> 12 member Commission we propose the number of
> members to be proportional to the number of victims.
> The full scope of the Polish-American community
> will be published soon on the poloniasf.org web site
> the Polish-American Issues section under AB2003
> Right now we have quite a bit of effort going on.
> Parties involved include: Stan Kawczynski - candidate
> for State Assembly (http://www.electstan.com/), Two
> Polish American Congress, California Polish-American
> Teachers Association and many other individuals.
> Stan Kawczynski has been instrumental in bringing this
> bill to the present hold. The discussion on the text
> will resume on August 7, 2002 at the Senate Education
> Committee hearings, where we are hoping that
> the Polish-American community will have a chance
> to thoroughly present the issues.
> Copyright 2002, Edmund Lewandowski, www.poloniasf.org
> Forwarding or any other use of the text is permitted,
> even encouraged, as long as this copyright note is
> Thank you,
> Sandra in sunny California
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