Greek News: "Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, and West Greenwich) introduced a Senate resolution (2023-S 1027) commemorating May 19 as the 104th anniversary of the Greek Pontian Genocide that was supported by the entire Rhode Island State Senate. From 1914 until 1922, in a systematic attempt to exterminate an entire population, the Ottoman Turks directed the killing of 353,000 Pontian and Anatolian Greeks and over a million Armenians and Assyrians living in Pontos, Greece." Read the full article at Greek News.
Celebrating March 25th, as the 202nd Anniversary of Greek Independence Day and Democracy in Greece and the USA
Leaders of Rhode Island’s Greek community, Consul General of Greece to New England Symeon Tegos and Nicholas Larigakis, the President and CEO of the American Hellenic Institute, meeting with Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Senate Majority Leader Ryan W. Person, Sen. Dawn Euer and Senator Leonidas Raptakis in the Senate President’s office before the celebration.
"His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, Sen. Raptakis and RI’s Hellenic community celebrate the 202nd anniversary of Greek Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation at the State House."
"Greek Consul General Symeon Tegos and Rhode Island General Officers join local Greek leaders for the 30th consecutive year of celebrating Greek Independence Day at the State House."
Content shared from RI State Senator Leonidas Raptakis 03/22/23 press release. Read on here. RI State House Document - click/tap here.
Excerpt from Miltiadia Varvitsiotis Facebook Post at https://www.facebook.com/MVarvitsiotis
OT.gr Newsroom: "Turkey has been occupying the northern part of Cyprus for 50 years and thus provided a playbook for Russia to proceed with the illegal annexation of Crimea and the occupation of eastern Ukraine, Leonidas Raptakis, Senator of Rhode Island, emphasized in his speech. and president of the World Interparliamentary Union of Hellenism (PADE) at "The Second Thessaloniki Metropolitan Summit" of the Economist and powergame.gr, which took place on Friday at the "Ioannis Vellidis" Conference Center in Thessaloniki.
The relations between Athens and the USA
Referring to Athens' relations with the USA, Mr. Raptakis emphasized that Greece is among Washington's ten most important allies with the prospect of entering the top five." Read the full news story at this Google translated link.
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.
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.