March 18, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC – A growing bipartisan list of over 65 Senate and House members – including several key Committee leaders – have joined the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) in co-hosting the tenth annual Armenian Genocide Observance on Capitol Hill. The event will take place at the historic Cannon Caucus room on Wednesday, April 28th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

The Senate co-hosts include Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), Government Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-ME), Agriculture Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA), Armed Services Committee Ranking Democrat Carl Levin (D-MI), and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Democrat Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), as well as Senators George Allen (R-VA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), John Ensign (R-NV), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Jack Reed (D-RI).

In the House, co-hosts include Congressional Genocide Resolution lead cosponsors George Radanovich (R-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) as well as House Financial Services Committee Ranking Democrat Barney Frank (D-MA) and Representatives Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Gresham Barrett (R-SC), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Howard Berman (D-CA), Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), Bob Filner (D-CA), Mark Foley (R-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Michael Honda (D-CA), Steve Israel (D-NY), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Gerald Kleczka (D-WI), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), William Lipinski (D-IL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), James McGovern (D-MA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Richard Neal (D-MA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), H. James Saxton (R-NJ), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Mark Souder (R-IN), John Sweeney (R-NY), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), John Tierney (D-MA), Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

“We are pleased to see so many legislators from across the nation joining together with the Armenian American community in this solemn remembrance,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “Armenian Americans value their principled support and appreciate their commitment to ensuring that the lessons of the Armenian Genocide are used to prevent future crimes against humanity.”

The ANCA’s Annual Capitol Hill Observance provides Members of Congress the opportunity to commemorate the Armenian Genocide with members of the Armenian American community. This year, the ANCA will be honoring New York Times Best Selling Author Peter Balakian, who, over the past decade, has emerged as an exceptionally powerful, eloquent, and effective voice against Armenian Genocide denial, most recently through the publication of “The Burning Tigris,” his landmark study of the U.S. humanitarian response to the Armenian Genocide.

Joining Armenian Americans and elected officials at the observance will be survivors of the Armenian Genocide, members of the diplomatic community, and leaders of civil and human rights organizations.

The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region, Western Region and Washington headquarters cordially invite community members from across the U.S. to participate in the Capitol Hill Genocide Observance.

For further information, contact the Armenian National Committee of America Washington office at (202) 775-1918 or the Eastern or Western Region headquarters at (617) 923-1918 and (818) 500-1918 respectively.


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