From the Armenian Assembly of America:
March 2, 2010
ARAMAC ACTION ALERT
House Foreign Affairs Committee to Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res. 252 on Thursday, March 4
On Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 10 AM, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), is poised to mark-up H. Res. 252, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, introduced by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), along with Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). The House resolution has garnered strong bi-partisan support with 137 cosponsors.
You can watch the vote LIVE on the Armenian Assembly homepage on Thursday morning, March 4 at 10 AM.
In this week’s article in The Hill newspaper, the author sites extensive efforts of the Turkish lobby and Pro-Turkey legislators working to oppose the H. Res. 252. Just yesterday, letters in opposition to H. Res. 252, from multiple Turkish groups, were being circulated to Congress. Reinforced by the second delegation of Turkish officials to visit Washington, D.C. in as many weeks, efforts to squash the bill are heavily under way with the vote just 2 days away. The article also reflects the efforts of Armenian-Americans to reaffirm the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Assembly urges our members, friends and human rights activists to join our cause to defeat denial and help prevent future genocides.
Last month, the Assembly reported the launch of an online grassroots petition on the change.org website urging Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Established by a Boston based coalition of Armenian and Jewish community leaders and activists the Petition, and supplemental Resource Page, has over 5,000 signatures to date. The Assembly calls on all of our members and activists to sign the Petition urging Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Last Sunday, the CBS news show “60 Minutes” aired a powerful report about the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s 95-year-long campaign of denial. Featuring New York Times bestselling author Peter Balakian, veteran newsman Bob Simon travelled to Der-el-Zor, now Syria, the largest graveyard remaining from the 1915 Genocide. Simon then goes on to confront former Turkish Ambassador Nabi Sensoy before reporting about this Thursday’s vote in Committee on the Armenian Genocide resolution.