U.S. Ambassador’s wrongful response to Senate’s inquiry re Turkey’s Armenian churches

August 15, 2011

ANCA Calls for Apology from Ambassador Ricciardone
—Demands Retraction, Correction, and Apology for Statement Covering-Up Ottoman and Republican Turkey’s Systematic Destruction of Thousands of Christian Churches
Armenian Weekly | August 15, 2010

[Take Action: See the letter included in the body of the article and send the right answer to the Senate and U.S. Ambassador Ricciardone]


2011 96th Annual Armenian Genocide Commemorations

April 13, 2011

California:

Culver City (Sony Pictures)

April 21, 2011 – 3PM
Sony Pictures
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
818-500-1918 (Call for more information)
YouTube Video

BUSES DEPART 1:30PM from:
Encino – Ferrahian School
Glendale – St. Mary’s Church
Hollywood – R&A Pillbos School

Los Angeles

April 24, 2011 – 4 PM
Turkish Consulate
6300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Montebello

Genocide Vigil to Feature Element Band, Zulal and Raffi Semerdjian
Asbarez.com | April 12, 2011

Connecticut:

Wright announces Armenian genocide commemoration
StamfordPlus.com | April 13, 2011

New York City:

Armenian Genocide 96th Anniversary Commemoration — Times Square — Sunday, May 1, 2011
ArmenianGenocideBlog.wordpress.com | April 4, 2011

[Please send information about all Armenian Genocide commemorations to the editor via a comment for inclusion in this blog.]


Turkey working to prevent Armenian Genocide Resolution vote by Congress in 24 hours

December 20, 2010

TAKE ACTION NOW: http://www.anca.org/endthegagrule/

Search Google News for ‘Armenian Genocide Resolution’ and read the media reports concerning Turkey’s efforts to stop the Armenian Genocide Resolution vote from going before Congress in the next 24 hours. And, please pass this message on to your family and friends. Thank you.

Letter Sent to My Congressional Representative:

Dear Representative Lowey,

I am one of your constituents living in Westchester County. If H.R. 252 comes before the U.S. House of Representatives, please consider my plea for you to vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide. I am the direct descendant of Armenians who faced brutality and the loss of most of their family (most of my grandfather’s family and many of my grandmother’s family) during this event.

My grandfather wrote a letter before he died, which I have in my possession, describing what he witnessed and experienced. His account matches everything that I have been able to verify in scholarly texts and memoirs written by survivors.

My grandfather came to the United States as a 15-year-old boy, through Ellis Island, and eventually rose to prominence as a dentist practicing in New York City. He loved this country and owed his life to America. He was a Mason and one of the founders of my family’s parish in Bayside, Queens — The Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs. He contributed a great deal to the Armenian and New York communities through his time, charity and profession.

Unfortunately, during his lifetime politics enabled Turkey to evade its responsibility to acknowledge its past. It remains inexcusable that the world’s leading democracy, the US failed to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide for what it was then and now. The Holocaust, Darfur, and Rwanda are all crimes against humanity, which is the phrase coined to describe the Armenian Genocide.

Now, only a few Armenian Genocide survivors are still alive in their adopted homeland, the USA. They should not die until they know their leaders simply acknowledged the atrocities committed by Turkey in 1915. We must not allow another government to dictate foreign policy to us to the extent Turkey has for so long.

If you wish to know more about this subject, I have collected a great deal of information and would be proud to share what I’ve learned.

Thank you for your time and consideration. (I hope you will receive this email before tomorrow’s vote.)

Sincerely,

Sheri Jordan


2010: President Obama’s statement recognizing the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

April 24, 2010

Obama Marks Genocide Without Saying the Word
New York Times | April 24, 2010

Read President Obama’s Statement and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) response here:
Armenian National Committee of America


Who decides when America speaks on Genocide? “End Turkey’s Gag Rule”

March 1, 2010

From Asbarez.com:

“The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) launched an array of grassroots, media, advertising, and advocacy initiatives Monday – as part of its “End Turkey’s Gag Rule” campaign – to encourage the U.S. Congress to adopt legislation, H.Res.252, calling on the U.S. government to put the lessons of the Armenian Genocide to work in preventing future crimes against humanity.”

Go to the website: http://www.anca.org/endthegagrule and read the full article on Asbarez.com.


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