November 16, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
tel: (202) 775-1918 / (703) 585-8254 cell

COUNTDOWN TO ERDOGAN: WEEK TWO MOBILIZES U.S. HOUSE ACTION ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Marathon of Activism Continues Leading up to Erdogan's December 7th White House Visit

WASHINGTON, DC – Having completed a full week of grassroots activities urging U.S. Senate support for Armenian Genocide affirmation, the Armenian National Committee of America’s (ANCA) “Countdown to Erdogan” campaign, now in its second week, will be focusing the need for the U.S. House of Representatives to move quickly to adopt the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.252.

“Countdown to Erdogan provides Armenian Americans from across the country a unique chance to take part in a broad range of civic advocacy activities, meaningfully strengthening the capacity of our community, as we increase the moral and political pressure for a truthful and just stand by our government on the Armenian Genocide,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

A New Action Item Each Day:

Starting on Monday, November 16th, Week 2 of the “Countdown to Erdogan” campaign began with an online focus on the ANCA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/ANCAgrassroots and continues on Tuesday and Wednesday with email and call-in days directed at the House of Representatives. Daily action will continue into Thursday, with a focus on the Darfur Genocide, and Friday, with activities to strengthen the Armenian American community’s social networking. The weekend will feature a field activity on Saturday and community and family connection opportunities on Sunday. All activities are aimed at educating and inspiring President Obama, on December 7th, to tell the visiting Prime Minister of Turkey that American stands for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide.

Social Networking: Twitter Challenge Winners to be Announced on Friday, November 20th.

On Friday, November 13th, the ANCA announced the Twitter Challenge, urging activists to write a “tweet” in 140 characters or less, explaining why the U.S. should recognize the Armenian Genocide. The best entries will be posted on the ANCA website, the ANCA Facebook page, and, of course, re-Tweeted on the anca_dc account. The winning entry will be announced next Friday, November 20th at 3:00pm EST.

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