ANCA Calls to Action

On Monday–the Armenian National Committee of America released five action alerts urging the Armenian American community to send WebFaxes to Congress encouraging the passage of genocide legislation; to Secretary of State Colin Powers protesting the Turkish government’s decree to teach genocide denial to children; to US Treasury Secretary John Snow protesting World Bunk funding of the Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline; to George Will of Newsweek protesting his praise in his column of Atatuk as a model reformer; and to members of Congress and the Social Security Administration urging the passage of the Armenia Social Security Agreement. To send free–individual WebFaxes–visit www.anca.org GENOCIDE LEGISLATION On May 21st–the House Judiciary Committee approved H.Res.193–the resolution marking the 15th anniversary of the US ratification of the UN Genocide resolution. The resolution specifically cites the importance of learning the lessons of the Armenian Genocide as well as the Holocaust–and Cambodian and Rwandan genocides in an effort to prevent future genocides. The Judiciary Committee’s action opens the door for full House consideration of the measure.

The ANCA urges the Armenian Americans to send a WebFax to their representatives in Congress asking him/her to urge the House leadership to schedule a vote for H.Res.193. GENOCIDE DENIAL Turkish and Armenian news sources have confirmed that Turkey’s National Education Minister Huseyin Celik issued a decree on April 14th ordering all primary and secondary schools to teach classes and hold essay contests denying the Armenian Genocide and the genocidal campaigns carried out against the Greek and Assyrian communities in the early part of the 20th century.

The ANCA would like Armenian Americans to send WebFaxes to Secretary of State Colin Powell urging him to protest Turkey’s latest attempt to teach hate and revisionist propaganda to its school children. BAKU-CEYHAN PIPELINE The British Petroleum (BP) oil firm has formally asked for funding from the World Bank and other international financial institutions for its controversial new Caspian oil pipeline. They will likely make their decision on financing this private initiative after a 120 day "public consultation period."

The ANCA–along with many individuals and organizations–opposes the building of the pipeline on human rights–financial–environmental and political grounds. However–the ANCA also protests the building because of Turkey’s and Azerbaijan’s illegal blockade of Armenia. According to the ANCA–the planned pipeline route is not based on economics–but rather the clear political intent of the Turkish and Azerbaijani governmen’s to isolate Armenia and exclude it from regional economic development. Thus the ANCA urges Armenian Americans to send WebFaxes to the US Treasury Secretary John Snow urging him to instruct the US representative on the Board of Executives of the World Bank to register US opposition to the project. ATATURK PRAISE Newsweek columnist George Will–in his July 7th column on California’s current political problems–praised the brutal Turkish dictator Kemal Ataturk as a model reformer–noting that–"Californians need an Ataturk."

Will’s reference is to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk–the first dictatorial leader of the Republic of Turkey and the architect of the final stages of the Armenian Genocide and the genocidal campaign against Turkey’s other surviving Christian minorities. His legacy is–as the author of "Kemalism," a military-led political system that has victimized Turkey’s citizens and neighbors through human rights abuses–torture–censorship–and aggression for eight decades. The ANCA would like Armenian Americans to send WebFaxes to Will explaining Kemal Ataturk’s record of abuses at home and aggression abroad. SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT US-Armenia Social Security Agreement would strengthen America’s bilateral economic relationship with Armenia by clarifying the obligations and entitlemen’s of workers who divide their careers between the United States and Armenia. It would also open the door to the growing number of Armenian Americans who are considering spending part or all of their retirement in Armenia. Currently–the US has a Social Security Totalization agreement with several countries including countries in Western Europe and Australia–Chile–Korea and Canada. In response to the Social Security Administration’s invitation to the public to "suggest the negotiation of new agreemen’s with specific countries," the ANCA asks concerned activists to communicate directly with the Commissioner of the Administration via the free ANCA WebFax system.

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