“Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Act” Making its Rounds on Capitol Hill and in the Community

By:  Joseph Kazazian

The Armenian National Committee of America- Western Region (ANCA-WR) has been hard at work discussing and promoting the new, groundbreaking Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Act (H.Res. 227). As a result, Armenian-Americans across the country have been calling on their members of congress to join in support of H.Res 227. The Resolution, Introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ),  calls on President Barack Obama to shed light on the United States record on the Armenian Genocide.

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This new resolution, unlike previous resolutions, asks for the Obama Administration to acknowledge the United States record of the first genocide of the 20th century, as a precursor to fostering better Turkish-Armenian Relations. The resolution also highlights the past record of statements on the Armenian Genocide dating back all the way to the Wilson Administration.  H.Res 227 already has a growing list of co-sponsors, because it calls on working towards lasting and durable Armenian-Turkish relations with the full and just recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey.

“It’s a different approach to the age old question,” said ANCA WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan. “There needs to be a just acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide by the Obama Administration. Without a clear and just resolution to the Mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians, a lasting peace between the Turkish and Armenian people is near impossible.”

The ANCA-WR asks that you contact your member of Congress, and urge them to support H.Res 227. For more information, please visit http://anca.org/justice/.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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