Two-Minute Film of the September 27th Rally Outside the Batavia, Illinois Office of Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert at

October 7, 2005

Serj Tankian to be interviewed on Friday, October 7th on Air America Radio 10:00pm-1:00am (EST) on U.S. Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of thousands around the world learned about the Armenian Genocide today – many for the first time – as a two-minute on-line video of System of a Down’s recent rally in support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution began circulating across the internet, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The video features compelling footage of the multi-platinum band’s September 27th visit – along with hundreds of their fans – to the Batavia, Illinois office of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL). At the rally, which was organized by System of a Down, the ANCA, the Armenian Youth Federation and Axis of Justice, band members Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan delivered a letter asking the Speaker to honor his pledge to hold a vote on legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

In the wake of the overwhelming approval of this legislation by the House International Relations Committee on September 15th, the decision to allow this measure to move forward now rests in the Speaker’s hands. He can either schedule a vote on the House floor or, by delaying its consideration, effectively prevent its passage. If adopted, the legislation would officially recognize Turkey’s systematic and deliberate destruction of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.

To watch the video, go to:

Serj Tankian on Air America Radio

“The Mike Malloy Show” on Air America will broadcast an interview with Serj Tankian on Friday, October 7th regarding U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The show, featuring guest-hosts Anthony Lappe and Paul Rieckhoff, will air 10:00 pm to 1:00 am (Eastern U.S.)

For a listing of local stations, go to:[retired site]

To ask the Speaker to support the Armenian Genocide Resolution:


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