Leader for Social Justice

Fighting on Behalf of Foster Youth

Anthony has been a tireless advocate for foster children. Each year in office, he held a foster youth town hall that has successfully connected foster youth to educational opportunities and needed public services. He has personally initiated campus visits for foster youth and been recognized by the California Youth Connection for his work. He has successfully authored AB 743, which helps connect foster children with other family members. In addition, he has worked closely with the Foster Care Initiative at All Saint’s Church, Pasadena. And, Anthony has hosted numerous foster care roundtables in his office.

Youth Law Center: Governor Signs AB 743

Armenian Genocide Recognition

Anthony has long been respected by the Armenian American community as a friend and supporter of Genocide recognition. As Mayor of La Cañada Flintridge, Anthony issued a proclamation commemorating the Genocide, and as a legislator Anthony authored and co-authored state resolutions recognizing and commemorating the Genocide. Anthony’s work with the Armenian community doesn’t stop there. Anthony has been the keynote speaker at the Armenian Youth Genocide commemoration and the Master of Ceremonies of the annual Armenian National Committee of America Western Region banquet. He has met with His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia and spiritual leader of the Armenian Diaspora communities in the Middle East, Europe and North America, and he was on hand at the consecration of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church by His Holiness Kerakin II.

Western Prelacy: Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino Visits the Prelacy

Western Diocese: Former California State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino Visits the Western Diocese

Locally, Anthony has routinely paid his respect to His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Primate of the Western Prelacy, and His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Dederian, Primate of the Western Diocese.

For his body of work in the community, Anthony has been recognized by the Armenian National Committee as its 2011 Legislator of the Year. As a further honor, Anthony is a proud board member of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee, the only non-Armenian American on the Board. Anthony is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

Asbarez: Portantino, Achadjian Lead Sacramento Genocide Commemoration

Asbarez: Portantino, Achadjian to Lead Genocide Commemoration in Sacramento

Truth in Music

Troubled by the pilfering of the legacy of legendary music artists, Anthony worked with the Truth in Music Coalition on AB 702. This legislation protects legendary music artists from counterfeit and rip-off groups. Many of the victims were legendary African American artists. Anthony’s work will forever preserve the legacy and economic viability of the real artists.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative

Extremely concerned by the lack of diversity on California University campuses, Anthony authored AJR 21. ACR 21 sought to encourage academic partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the University of California. Continuing to build on that success, Anthony spearheaded the effort to create a fellowship on the University of California campuses for students from HBCU’s. In addition to initiating the program, which is now in its fourth year, Anthony has helped raise the money to pay for it. The purpose of the fellowship is to create a partnership between HBCU’s and the UC that will lead to greater enrollment in MBA programs in the UC system. The partnership was expanded to include students from Hispanic Serving Universities, HSI’s.

The Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Journal: Black Students Summer Institute at University of California