AHEPA Creates Questionnaire on Greek-American Issues for 2006 Congressional Candidates

Foreign Issues
  1. What is your position on HR 857/S.3520, the American-Owned Property in Occupied Cyprus Claims Act?

  2. If introduced, would you support legislation authorizing Greece's entry into the Visa Waiver Program?

  3. What is your stance on the Government of Turkey's position toward freedom of religion, and specifically, the religious authority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate? What is your position on the reopening of the Greek Orthodox Theological School of Halki in Turkey, which prior to its close by Turkish authorities in 1971, was the primary institution of learning for Greek Orthodox priests who serve the Greek-American community?

  4. What initiatives do you foresee your administration pursuing vis-à-vis relations with Greece? How do you envision Greece as a player in the European community and in an Eastern Mediterranean region that is becoming increasingly vital to U.S. interests in the Greater Middle East and the Balkans? What is your position on the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia’s (FYROM’s) name recognition?

  5. Visits to the illegally-occupied, northern area of Cyprus through the proper mode of entry can provide valuable information to our legislators regarding the Cyprus issue. What do you view as the proper mode of entry to visit the illegally-occupied, northern portion of Cyprus?

Domestic Topics

  1. The Order of AHEPA was established in Atlanta, Georgia on July 26, 1922. it is the largest and oldest Hellenic fraternal organization with a grass-roots membership throughout the United States. During its 85-year history, it has supported many educational and philanthropic endeavors and has been involved in numerous initiatives in support of our government and nation. Would you support efforts/resolutions that celebrate and acknowledge the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association?

  2. What is your position on HR 5562, directing the Joint Committee on the Library to obtain a statue of Constantino Brumidi for display in the Capitol Visitor Center?

  3. AHEPA chapters are increasingly interested in the establishment of Greek-language immersion public charter schools. What are your views on the establishment of charter schools?

  4. What is your position on an increase of federal funding for Thalassemia-related programs such as: Thalassemia Clinical Research Network (TCRN); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Thalassemia initiatives; and several National Institutes of Health research projects?

  5. Greek-Americans are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit as many are small business owners. What is your platform with respect to encouraging and supporting small business initiatives and owners?

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(Posting date 18 September 2006; revised 21 September 2006)

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization in the world. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. During its history, AHEPA has joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith to fight discrimination. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. The AHEPA family consists of four organizations: AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles and Maids of Athena. For more information about the organization or how to join, contact AHEPA Headquarters (202-232-6300) or visit the organization's newly redesigned website at http://www.ahepa.org.

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