National Congressional Call-In Effort Builds Support for Adoption of Armenian Genocide Resolution

June 29, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC – Thousands of Armenian Americans and human rights advocates participated in the ANCA National Call-In Days this week calling for increased bipartisan backing for the adoption of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106) by the U.S. House of Representatives, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The June 27th campaign, titled “Call for Justice,” was extended by 24 hours, following community requests to expand the program due to overwhelming interest from local activists.

Over 12,000 visited the ANCA Call-in webpage and more than 2,000 submitted call-feedback forms reporting their conversations with Congressional offices. The effort is a follow up to April’s successful “Click for Justice” ANCA WebFax campaign to Congressional offices, touted as the internet’s largest on-line genocide protest.

“The ANCA’s national congressional call-in day, ‘Call for Justice,’ is a great demonstration of the power of grassroots advocacy,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), sponsor of H.Res.106. “These calls are a useful tool in the fight to get the Armenian Genocide resolution passed. I thank the ANCA and all their supporters for making these important calls.”

“We want to thank the thousands of our friends – Armenian and non-Armenian – who took part in National Call-In Day,” said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. “This type of authentic grassroots activism is vital to building the support we will need to overcome the deniers who continue to stand in the way of America speaking with moral clarity on the Armenian Genocide.”

Introduced on January 30th by Rep. Adam Schiff and spearheaded by Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA), Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), the Armenian Genocide resolution calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide.

Currently, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.106, has over 210 cosponsors, more than 47% of the membership of the U.S. House. A similar resolution in the Senate (S.Res.106), introduced by Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) currently has 31 cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY).


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