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Assembly Bill 1410 bad for California

Posted by on April 15, 2015 at 22:17 pm

Unethical and unconstitutional business regulation Click to send your letter ONLY if you live in California California Assembly Bill (AB) 1410 introduced by the California Legislative Armenian Caucus members, Adrin Nazarian (D), Katcho Achadjian (R), and Scott Wilk (R), seeks divestment of public employee and teacher pension funds from Turkey. The bill urges Turkey to change its policy accepting the debated "Armenian genocide" narrative of the World War I-era interethnic conflict. AB 1410 contradicts the U.S. Consitution by adversely affecting the federal government's exclusive right to regulate foreign commerce. It also panders to ethnic special interests establishing a dangerous slippery slope and depriving California taxpayers of their right to do business with Turkey, the world's 17th largest economy. Join the Pax Turcica action campaign to inform your elected officials and media about the unethical and unconstitutional nature of AB 1410. Please, make sure to select your California Assembly and Senate member, and at least 5 media targets, and forward responses to Click to send your letter ONLY if you live in California

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Recognize April 23 – Turkish National Sovereignty & Children’s Day

Posted by on April 15, 2015 at 16:14 pm

The 95th anniversary of the Turkish Grand National Assembly
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On April 23, Turkish-Americans and Turks around the world celebrate the National Sovereignty and Children's Day. This day in 2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey which, under the guidance of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, paved a way to the establishment of modern Turkish Republic. April 23 is also celebrated as Children's Day, emphasizing the unique role of younger generations in the Turkish pursuit of peace, progress and prosperity.
Join the Pax Turcica campaign raising media awareness and calling upon your elected representatives to properly recognize the achievements of Turkey and of the Turkish-Americans by way of legislative resolutions and public statements ahead of April 23, 2015.
Please, make sure to select all your state and federal elected public officials in addition to 5 media targets from the list. Forward any responses received to for further follow up.
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Authors Appreciation Day

Posted by on March 31, 2015 at 19:45 pm

On Sunday March 30th, 2015,  ATASC family had an other successful Community Outreach event. Our Ventura county chapter VATAN hosted a wonderful activity under 'Authors Appreciation Day with Booksigning Event." We cannot thank enough our Turkish Council General in Los Angeles Honorable Gulru Gezer for welcoming Turkish community and our ATASC members at her residence yesterday, and always since she started her position in LA. We would like to extend our appreciation to also Turkish Consulate General in Los Angeles Office for supporting us dearly.
Yesterday guests from Turkish American community, Azerbaijani community and Israeli community gathered for such meaningful activity under ATASC - VATAN Chapter umbrella. Guests tasted Azeri kitchen delights, and homemade Turkish sweets with Turkish tea. Valuable six authors of our community, Ayse Oge, Behcet Kaya, Feride Sadikhova Buyuran, Gürkan Suzer, Mert Turkoglu & Mustafa Göçen all signed their books for the enthusiastic readers. Ayse hm, Gurkan bey & Mustafa bey all donated the book sale benefits to VATAN. ATASC Board appreciates all authors contribution and thanks to Vega Sankur, Beril Hamsioglu & Ebru Dilara Yuksel Gurel for conducting a great Sunday afternoon for all guests. Teşekkürler SoCal! [caption id="attachment_2744" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Authors Appreciation Day Authors Appreciation Day[/caption]

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2015 Election Results

Posted by on January 27, 2015 at 21:17 pm

Valuable Members & Turkish Community in SoCal,

ATASC had its annual General Assembly and Elections this Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015 at Santa Monica Public Library.

It is our pleasure to announce that our four (4) open Board of Director positions were filled with eligible candidates;

Dr. Ayca Altintig (elected as the President Elect), Beril Hamsioglu (elected as the CFO/Treasurer Dr. Mehmet Tazebay (elected as the Member at Large) Ahmet Atahan (elected as the Member at Large)

Each position will serve 2-year term. We welcome all our board of directors and warm welcome to Mr. Ahmet Atahan, who have served as the President in 2007-2008. Our new Board strongly believes that we will have another strong year in 2015 with your assistance and support. ATASC thanks all members who attended, presented, and to those who sent in their proxies. We truly had awesome audience, you showed us how much you care about your association, and your support brings us more power. You turned the event very effective meeting. ATASC Board in particularly thanks to Mrs. Hafize Turgut who served as the President on ATASC BOD for the last 2 years. We cannot thank enough her for her great leadership and joyful yet successful meetings.We also would like to extend our appreciation to Dr. Vega Sankur, who is a great asset to ATASC Family, our hats off for her tremendous leadership in ATAMinLA project and her project team, God Bless your hearts. Special thanks to our Treasurer Mr. Burak Tuncer who have served past 2 years on our board. He accomplished his responsibilities and presented ATASC financials remarkably well each term adequately. Thank you. Thanks to all candidates for running positions. All 6 (six) are welcomed to join any ATASC committees. Now we have new board with new projects. ATASC will pursue its vision and resume events in the future will be aligned with Ataturk's principles and guidance. ATASC has always had an open door policy. That will also continue in the new term. We, as a team, are here for you and for your needs. ATASC and its five (5) chapters, ATASC- San Diego, ATASC - LATAA, ATASC - OCTAA, ATASC- TALL and ATASC - VATAN, are in gathering nature. We aim to gather all Turkish community living in the US under one roof like a big family. Thank you for being a part of our ATASC family. Regards,Burcu Tansu ATASC President On behalf of ATASC
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2015 secimlerimizin dernegimiz ve burada yasayan toplumumuz icin hayirli olmasini diliyoruz. Adaylarimiza boyle harika bir organizasyonda calismak icin gonullu olduklari icin tesekkur ederken, aramiza yeni katilan yonetim kurulu uyelerimize de hosgeldiniz diyoruz. ATASC ailesinin birer parcasi oldugunuz icin tum uyelerimize, Guney Kaliforniya’da yasiyan Turk toplumumuza ayrica tesekkurlerimizi iletiriz. Ne Mutlu Turk’um Diyene! Saygilarimizla, Burcu Tansu ATASC Dernegi Baskani ATASC Yonetim Kurulu adina  

10 Kasim Ceremony – 2014

Posted by on November 23, 2014 at 18:43 pm

  [caption id="attachment_2596" align="aligncenter" width="458"]10 Kasim Ceremony 10 Kasim Ceremony[/caption] ATASC continued its yearly 10 Kasim Ceremony tradition at a special location this year; at the City of Carson; steps away from the proposed location of the Ataturk Monument. ( There was more than 100 attendees even though it was a weekday evening in LA traffic. The program opened with a moment of silence and continued with national anthems. Dr. Vega Sankur, past president of ATASC opened the meeting, by a presentation of Ataturk's vision for the young nation sprinkled with her family's memories about Ataturk. Turkish Consul General Ms. Gulru Gezer continued the program reading the laudatory comments by famous statesmen around the world about Ataturk. [caption id="attachment_2603" align="aligncenter" width="428"]Gulru Gezer 10 Kasim Gulru Gezer 10 Kasim[/caption] ATASC President Elect also talked about Ataturk and her feelings. All three speeches emphasized the gratitude our nation, and especially our women feel about the reforms.Dr. Ilhan Ozulu accompanied the program with well placed songs from Ataturk's favorites or his story. [caption id="attachment_2608" align="aligncenter" width="301"]Burcu Tansu Burcu Tansu[/caption] During the break, the attendees visited the proposed monument site and had a chance to ask their questions. [caption id="attachment_2601" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Location of Ataturk Monument in Carson, CA Ataturk Monument's Location[/caption] The second part of the program was dedicated to the Ataturk Monument. Mayor Jim Dear explained his concept for the Carson International Sculpture Garden as a place for leaders who served liberty, freedom and equality. Ahmet Alptekin explained his design concept as the chronological history of Turkish Nation, under Ataturk's leadership, from end of WWI to modern times. Other members of the team were introduced with their roles. The crowd was very excited to have such a monument in SC in such a prestigious location among other world leaders. [caption id="attachment_2605" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Jim Dear Carson Mayor Jim Dear[/caption] Vega Sankur and Jim Dear explained that we will go for the application shortly, early 2015; and we need to have some funds raised by then to have credibility in front of City Council. [caption id="attachment_2607" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Ahmet Alptekin Ahmet Alptekin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2610" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Ilhan Sami Ozulu Ilhan Sami Ozulu[/caption]  

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July 2015

ATATURK’s Corner

Ataturk dedicated 23 Nisan, the anniversary of the Turkish National Congress in 1920 to Children. His vision was:


He expressed it best when he addressed Turkish Youth:

"O Turkish Youth! Your first and foremost duty is to defend and protect the Turkish independence and the Turkish Republic for all eternity. All the mighty strength that you will need exists in the noble blood a-flowing in your veins!."

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

For a full text (In Turkish) Click HERE


On August 17, 1999, western Turkey was struck by a devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake. Many thousands of people were killed, and many more made homeless by the quake that was centered near Izmit. Contributing to the rebuilding process, ATASC initiated an effort in February 2003 to build a new school for the children of Izmit. The school admitted its first class on September 13, 2004. ATASC still continues to support its namesake school.
Since 2006, ATASC sponsored 13 needy children, helped send 6 children to Space Camp Izmir, opened up a Computer Lab and a Science Lab. Most recently ATASC helped the school to open up a pre-school by furnishing four pre-school classrooms named for ATASC chapters. VATAN Chapter is currently in the process of furnishing a conference salon for the students of the elementary school.

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