WASHINGTON–With more than 220 Members of the U.S. House cosponsoring the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106), thousands of Armenian Americans and human rights advocates joined together Monday in the second Armenian National Committee of America "Call for Justice" campaign urging a swift vote on this human rights legislation.
For the second time in the last 30 days, over 10,000 visited the ANCA Call-in webpage on July 23rd and more than 2,500 submitted caller-feedback forms reporting their conversations with Congressional offices. The first "Click for Justice" Call-In Day, held on June 27th, and extended to the 28th, came only days before support for the resolution cleared the 218 mark ‘s a majority of the U.S. House. The Call-In Day’s online counterpart, April’s successful "Click for Justice" ANCA WebFax campaign to Congress, was touted as the internet’s largest on-line genocide protest.
"We want to thank everyone who took part in our first Call-In Day -which helped us reach the 218 mark – and to express our appreciation to all those who, today, once again raised their voices to see this measure brought to a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA.
Commenting on the first Call-In Day, Rep. Adam Schiff, the resolution’s lead author, said: "The ANCA’s national congressional call-in day, ‘Call for Justice,’ is a great demonstration of the power of grassroots advocacy. 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."
Introduced on January 30 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 220 cosponsors, more than 50 percent 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).