ANCA WELCOMES DIVERSE SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION FROM AFRICAN-AMERICAN–JEWISH–ALBANIAN–RUSSIAN–SLOVENIAN–AND JAPANESE GROUPS
WASHINGTON–DC–Over the past week–more than twenty new organizations have joined the growing coalition of ethnic–religious–educational–and human and civil rights groups supporting Congressional legislation commemorating the 15th anniversary of US ratification of the Genocide Convention–reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
Among those adding their voice this week to the 34 Senators and more than 100 Representatives already backing this legislation (S.Res.164 and H.Res.193) were the American Association for People with Disabilities (Washington–DC)–American Society of the University of Haifa (New York–NY)–Boston Mobilization (Boston–MA)–Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (Fairfield–CT)–Conflict Resolution–Resource–and Research Institute (Tacoma–WA)–Congress of Russian Americans (San Francisco–CA)–Consultative Council of Jewish Organizations (New York–NY)–Corpus Justice (Houston–TX)–Council for the development of French in Louisiana (Lafayette–LA)–Hellenic News of America (Havertown–PA)–Hispanic Committee of Virginia (Falls Church–VA)–Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida (Maitland–FL)–Hungarian American Coalition (Washington–DC)–Institute for Cultural Partnerships (Harrisburg–PA)–Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach–FL)–National Albanian American Council (Washington–DC)–National United Black Fund (Newark–NJ)–Japan-America Society of Alabama (Birmingham–AL)–Slovenian Research Center of America (Willoughby Hills–OH)–Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (Washington–DC)–and UNITE (New York–NY).
The Genocide Resolution was introduced in the House on April 10 this year by Representatives George Radanovich (R-CA)–Adam Schiff (D-CA)–and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI). With 110 cosponsors–the legislation (H.Res.193) was unanimously adopted by the Judiciary Committee on May 21–and currently awaits consideration by the full House. Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ) introduced the Senate version of the resolution (S.Res.164)–which currently has 34 co-sponsors. Both the
Senate and House versions specifically cite the Armenian Genocide as well as the Holocaust and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides as instances of past genocide.