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    Over 100 Members of Congress Support the Armenian Genocide Resolution ************************************************** ******************* Earlier this month, Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) along with Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Co-Chairs Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), introduced an Armenian Genocide resolution to reaffirm the U.S. record on this crime against humanity, H. Res. 316. Known as the "Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution," this legislation: "(1) 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 and the consequences of the failure to realize a just resolution; and (2) calls upon the President in the President's annual message commemorating the Armenian Genocide issued on or about April 24, to accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide and to recall the proud history of United States intervention in opposition to the Armenian Genocide." In this 90th anniversary year of the Armenian Genocide, we need your help now more than ever to ensure that Turkey does not succeed in its increasing attempts to rewrite history and defame the memory of our ancestors. Please contact your Representative today and urge him/her to co-sponsor the H. Res. 316 and to join this bi-partisan effort. ************* Action Needed ************* 1. See the attached list to see if your Representative has signed on to the letter. 2. Contact your Representative and urge him/her to contact Hollyn Schuemann in Congressman Radanovich's office at 202-225-4540 to co-sponsor this important initiative. ************************************************** ********** Contact your Representative TODAY to cosponsor H. Res. 316! ************************************************** ********** 1. Send a pre-written letter to your Representative by entering your zip code in the "Contact Congress" box on our website at http://www.aaainc.org and hitting "Go!" 2. Draft a personal letter to your Representative. The heading for your letters should appear as: The Honorable full name United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative last name: To find your Representative's fax number, enter your zip code in the "Contact Congress" box on our website at http://www.aaainc.org and press "Go!" or call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative. 3. Or... call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative. If you do not know the name of your Representative, enter your zip code in the "Contact Congress" box on our web-site at http://www.aaainc.org and press "Go!" ************* Sample Letter ************* The Honorable Full Name United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Last Name, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor H. Res. 316, the Armenian Genocide resolution introduced by Congressmen Radanovich, Schiff, Knollenberg and Pallone. This important bipartisan bill reaffirms the U.S. record on the Armenian Genocide and recalls America's intervention to save those that survived. As you may know, the Armenian Genocide was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government from 1915 to 1923, massacring 1,500,000 Armenian men, women, and children, deporting an additional 500,000 survivors, and practically eliminating a 2,500-year Armenian presence in its historic homeland. These horrific "crimes against humanity" must not be forgotten. (Tell your story) ************************************************** * PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2005 Radanovich Announces 'Over 100 Mark' in Member Support of Pan-Armenian Genocide Resolution Additional Lawmakers Expected to Follow Washington, DC - Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) today announced that a bipartisan bill that would reaffirm the U.S. record on the Armenian Genocide has the backing of more than 100 U.S. Representatives. Additional Members are expected to join the resolution in the following days. "It is a success that over 100 Members of Congress from across the nation share in the important belief that the United States should officially recognize the Armenian Genocide--these victims will not be forgotten," Rep. George Radanovich, Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus said. By properly acknowledging the Armenian Genocide, we recognize this atrocity and renew our commitment to prevent other occurrences of man's inhumanity to man. I am proud to have been a leader in this community for the past decade as one voice for a people who were silenced for too long." The bill, known as H. Res. 316, was introduced by Congressmen George Radanovich (R-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) on June 14 with the strong backing of the pan-Armenian community. H. Res. 316 calls upon the President to "ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding" of the "Armenian Genocide" and to "accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide" in the President's annual message. "Ninety years ago U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire Henry Morgenthau had the courage to speak out and alert the world that a 'campaign of race extermination' was being carried out against peaceful Armenians," said Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. "During this 90th commemorative year, Congress has a unique opportunity in the face of Turkey's ongoing denial campaign to set the record straight and formally, fully and irrevocably reaffirm the Armenian Genocide." Ardouny also commended Armenian-Americans across the country who responded to the Assembly's call to action and encouraged their Members of Congress to support H. Res. 316. "Securing over 100 cosponsors is an important step in the legislative process," Ardouny continued. "The Assembly will continue to fight for reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide by working with our friends in Congress to advance this important legislation." ### The Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization. NR#2005-081 Editor's Note: The list of U.S. Representatives who have signed the letter is attached. This list is also available on the Assembly's Web site at <http://www.aaainc.org/>. ******************************************** Members of Congress Signed on to H. Res. 316 ******************************************** Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) Rep. Thomas Allen (D-ME) Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA) Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Rep. Mark Green (R-WI) Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA) Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY) Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI) Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) Rep. Cathy McMorris (R-WA) Rep. Michael McNulty (D-NY) Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) Rep. John Olver (D-MA) Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-MI) Rep. E. Clay Shaw (R-FL) Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH) Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO) Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN) Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA) Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
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