June 20 , 2009


USAN Contact: YesWeCan[at]


Washington, D.C. — Every year, the Azerbaijani-American community celebrates such dates as the Azerbaijan National Day (May 28) and Azerbaijan Independence Day (October 18). That time around, the U.S. Azeris Network, other Azerbaijani-American organizations, individuals and the Azerbaijani-American community as a whole traditionally request their state and local elected officials to issue proclamations and citations, to jointly observe these important historic days.

A proclamation or citation is an official document usually issued by Mayors of Cities, City Councils or Governors of States on very special occasions. Over the years, the Azerbaijani-American community has received well over a hundred such proclamations. The typical USAN-drafted text of such proclamations mention the Armenia-occupied Azerbaijani region of Karabakh, as well as the occupied town of Kerki in Naxcivan (which is well outside of the war in the NK region and can be occupied only by Armenia); mentions the first Azerbaijan Republic (ADR) of 1918-1920; support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty by U.S.; the total area of Azerbaijan; the secularism of the predominantly Muslim nation; its historically democratic aspirations; and the estimated size of the Azerbaijani population in the world. Some proclamations can be longer and include more information about Azerbaijani military contributions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, its great economic performance, its refugees and IDPs, the role of USAN in strengthening the Azerbaijani-American community, and other important agenda items.

This May 28, the USAN, through the auspices of its Board of Directors, such as Dr. Bob Guney in the state of Nevada and its activists, such as Elnara Eynullayeva in Boston, MA and Shafag Mehraliyeva in Monterey, CA, has so far received proclamations from the following cities and states:

Governor of the State of Illinois <>

Governor of the State of Wyoming <>

Mayor of Miami, Florida <>

Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland

Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts <>

Mayor of Manassas, Virginia <>

Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia

Mayor of Reno, Nevada <>

Mayor of Sparks, Nevada <>

Mayor of Monterey, California <>

Mayor of Washington, D.C.

Some of the proclamations, such as from Sparks and Reno in Nevada, Monterey in California, Manassas in Virginia, Miami in Florida, Baltimore in Maryland, Boston in Massachusetts, and from the Governor of the State of Illinois (the home state of President Obama), have been received for the first-time ever by the Azerbaijani-American community. Additional proclamations from other states and cities were promised and expected in the near future.

All of these and other proclamations are available for viewing at the USAN website:

USAN has welcomed such grassroots activism as seeking proclamations from all the states and cities in which Azerbaijani-Americans live, from its very first day, making it part of its “Things you can do today!” on its ACTION ITEMS page.

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The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) <> is a registered non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian genuine grassroots advocacy and voter education network that is facilitating political activism and efforts by the Azerbaijani-Americans and other Turkic-Americans and their associations, organizations, councils, conferences, and other formal, semi-formal and informal groups, on federal, state and local levels. USAN is the first nationwide grassroots organization uniting Azerbaijani-Americans, being created by the grassroots, for the grassroots.

USAN PR#6-3-2009