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Blue Cross to discuss support of No Place for Hate tonight

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor September 23, 2008 08:04 AM

The battle over the local Anti-Defamation League and its No Place for Hate program returns to the Watertown Town Council tonight.

Last month, the council sent a letter to Blue Cross executives requesting the face-to-face meeting and urging the healthcare insurance company to withdraw its support in light of the ongoing controversy between Armenian-Americans and the ADL over recognition of the Armenian genocide.

During the session, representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts are expected to talk about the company's financial support for the Anti-Defamation League's No Place For Hate program.

The meeting starts at 7:15. Expecting a larger-than-normal turnout this week, the Town Council will move its meeting from Town Hall to the Watertown Middle School auditorium, 68 Waverley Avenue.

Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham wrote about the ADL controversy last month. And the Globe editorial board weighed in yesterday.

According to the town website, the agenda item is a "Resolution requesting Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA to sever ties with the Anti-Defamation League and No Place For Hate.''

The Armenian Mirror-Spectator reported that the resolution reads: "Whereas: Taxpayers pay the major share of the premiums for the many Town employees who have Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance; and, Whereas: The Council believes that taxpayer funds which are directed to Blue Cross/Blue Shield should not be spent on a program affiliated with an organization which diminishes the factuality of, and works against recognition of, a widely acknowledged genocide. Now Therefore Be It Resolved: The City known as the Town of Watertown hereby asks BC/BSMA to expeditiously sever ties with NPFH and similar ADL programs; and that the Council shall send to BC/BSMA chif executives and members of the Board of Directors a letter with this Resolution, that asks for such severance and requests a prompt and positive response; and the council shall take due notice, make public, and discuss BSBCMA’s response.”

-- Christina Pazzanese

3 comments so far...
  1. I will be present at the meeting tonight by all means. Not recognizing that the
    Armenian Massacre by the Turks occured is upsetting beyond words. Until I die I will fight for this recognition in memory of my grandparents and one of their sons who perished under the hands of the Turks.
    Carole Nazarian
    Lexington, MA

    Posted by Carole Nazarian September 23, 08 01:54 PM
  1. Sounds to me like the Armenians of Watertown need to be the recipients of a No Place for Hate program.

    Just because they haven't yet settled their own issues with the program on events that are long over doesn't mean the program itself isn't useful today, or deserving of funding.

    Posted by Name Withheld September 23, 08 02:32 PM
  1. very nice site :)

    Posted by santaklausSE September 25, 08 05:38 PM
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