Pictured: His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, State Senstor Raptakis and RI’s Hellenic community celebrate the 201st anniversary of Greek Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation at the State House. By The Panhellenic Post.
“This event is always a wonderful expression of our strong Hellenic community in Rhode Island and the strong connection between this state, known for its commitment to independence, and the nation which was the birthplace of democracy,” said Raptakis. “I want to thank the Senate and House for hosting this event, passing resolutions during their sessions yesterday, and consistently supporting Hellenic issues over the years. I am grateful to all of the legislators and general officers who attended again this year, coming together in the Rhode Island State House to take part in this special celebration, including the many Hellenes who participated from Connecticut and Massachusetts. Our community shares in the values of Greece.” Click/Tap on either photo to read the full stories as reported.
ATHENS – Leonidas Raptakis, President & Rhode Island State Senator, USA, Effie Triantafilopoulos, 1st Vice President & MPP, Ontario, Canada, and Steve Georganas, 2nd Vice -President & Federal MP Australia were elected as leaders of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA), an organization composed of elected Parliamentarians and Legislators abroad with Hellenic roots, who are working together on issues of concern between Greece and their host nations.
Within the PADEE/WHIA there are approximately 90 world members. With 43 members from USA, 20 members from Australia, 10 members from Canada and other members from France, Germany, Israel, Romania, Albania, Kenya, South Africa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe plus other nations. View the full article at The National Herald.
Photo: The World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association held its 13th General Assembly in Athens July 28-30. World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association/ Froso Kanellidou
The National Herald: "World Hellenic Interparliamentary Association Two-Day Visit to Evros from January 12–13, 2022... ATHENS – Five members of the World Hellenic Interparliamentary Association (WHIA), with Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis as head of the group, visited Evros on January 12-13. Senator Raptakis was accompanied by Wyoming State Senator Stephan Pappas, Pennsylvania State Senator Maria Tzanakis-Collett, Senator/The Senate H.K. of Jordan Dr. Audeh Quawas, and Member of Parliament of Sweden Vasiliki Tsouplaki." Click/Tap on Image to Play Video at timeline "1:12:01", or see Complete Video (Here), and Read More at: Evros.
COVENTRY, RI – "Rhode Island State Senator Lou Raptakis is leading a group of Hellenic-American State Legislators from around the country who are calling on President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to reject appeals from Turkey seeking the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to upgrade their air force and requesting 80 modernization kits for their existing aircraft." The National Herald
COVENTRY, RI – Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis on April 12th pledged to expand the PADEE/WHIA mission. “We have an opportunity to make this organization a resource for all of its members, a vehicle for keeping Hellenes from all over the world connected to the work being done in different countries to promote issues of concern to Greece and Cyprus,” said Raptakis. “In this information age, we need to encourage vigorous discussions and adopt policies that will put WHIA at the forefront of the effort to build bridges between our member nations.” Read the full The National Herald story click/tap here.
106 Years of Ethnikos Kirix / Hellenic-American legislator Raptakis on Greek Independance Day - Concerns Regarding Turkish Consulate Letter
The National Herald ~ Greek-American Candidates: "NEW YORK – Nicole Malliotakis joins the Greek-Americans in the Congress after her apparent big victory in the 11th District in New York. U.S. Representatives Dina Titus, Charlie Christ, Gus Bilirakis, John Sarbanes, and Chris Pappas also prevailed. On the state level, in New York, Senator Michael Gianaris and in Rhode Island Senator Leonidas Raptakis both won in unopposed races, while John-Alexander Sakelos leads in a surprising race for the New York State Assembly. Incumbent New York State Senator James Skoufis is leading in his district, but Senator Andrew Gounardes is currently trailing his Republican opponent with mail-in ballots still being counted." Read full article at - click/tap here
NEO Magazine: "The chairman of a group called 'Greek Voices for Trump' recently wrote a column here suggesting that only one candidate for president in the United State has earned the support of Greek-Americans and that is Donald Trump. In times like these, it’s good to remember that most immigrant communities don’t speak with a single voice, they may share a common heritage and homeland but represent disparate interests and viewpoints. And in the case of evaluating Donald Trump, it is just as easy to argue that he has been hostile to Greeks’ interests and represents a clear and present danger to democracy in the region." Click/tap on the image or this link to read the full article published from Neocorp Media, Inc.
"The elected Rhode Island, RI USA Senator was in Athens for extremely important meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and the Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos. Senator Leonidas Raptakis says he is surprised by the strange diplomatic language of the Turkish president, he is not afraid of Kastelorizo, but insists that our country should not take a single step back in the current Law of the Sea." Read More at this Google translated link (Greek to English) from NewsBreak.gr - End.
ABOUT THE Author
A long-time member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, Sen. Raptakis has worked on a range of RI legislation policy issues impacting not only Greece but many European nations. Please like the Senator on Facebook.