Today.Az » Voice of Diaspora » Azerbaijani-American Council introduces first US postal service-approved postage stamp
19 January 2010 [11:05] - Today.Az
On January 17, 2010, Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC) introduced a first US Postal Service (USPS) approved postage stamp to promote the Turkic heritage and to encourage active participation of the Turkic-speaking Americans in the upcoming 2010 U.S. Census. Depicting an official logo of the Pax Turcica Initiative, this postage stamp is now publicly available for purchase via the AAC's online store at Zazzle.com, the certified USPS vendor.
Pax Turcica (Latin for "Turkic peace") is a grassroots initiative started in 2009 by a group of Turkic-American organizations including AAC. Its primary aim is to raise awareness about the common Turkic identity and to promote understanding of the Turkic-speaking world via academic programs, grassroots networking and cross-cultural dialog. The First Pax Turcica conference, held in May 2009 at Columbia University, opened the way for series of activities to study the Turkic heritage and to understand the importance of the contemporary Turkic world.
Introduction of the stamp dedicated to the 2010 Census is also a part of AAC's ongoing commitment to its newly-established partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. Within the scope of this partnership, in February-March 2010, AAC will join other Azeri-, Turkish- and Turkic-American associations in organizing the Census community awareness seminars throughout the U.S.
Pax Turcica Census awareness stamp is a second USPS-approved postage developed by AAC. Previously, in April 2009, AAC introduced the first U.S. postage stamp dedicated to the historic city of Shusha in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Depicting the original coat of arms of Shusha from 1843, this stamp is also available via AAC's store at Zazzle.com.