System of A Down Calls on Speaker Hastert to Hold Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution

Thousands of Fans Respond to Alert on News Section of www.systemofadown.com

WASHINGTON–DC–Within hours of posting a notice on Tuesday night on the System Of A Down website–thousands of fans from across the United States have sent ANCA WebFaxes urging Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to schedule a US House vote on legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide–reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The letters–sent through the ANCA’s free WebFax system–urge the Speaker to honor his pledge–made in October of 2000–to hold a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution. The WebFaxes stress that "The Armenian Genocide is a clear-cut moral issue. Our government’s failure to stand up to Turkey’s denial is an outrage… Today–the fate of this human rights issue rests in your hands. Do the right thing–keep your pledge. Serve US interests and American values by allowing this legislation to reach the floor for a vote at the earliest possible opportunity."

On September 15–the House International Relations Committee overwhelmingly approved legislation properly recognizing the Armenian Genocide. During the course of a three-hour meeting–21 members of this 50-member panel spoke in favor of HRes316 and HConRes195–which were adopted by bipartisan majorities of 40 to 7 and 35 to 11–respectively. Similar legislation was adopted by the Committee in 2000–but was withdrawn by Speaker Hastert–at the urging of President Clinton–only momen’s before it was to reach the House floor for a vote. In the aftermath of his withdrawal of the measure–Speaker Hastert pledged to hold a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution–but has failed to honor this promise.

In May of this year–Mezmerize–the first half of the band’s two-part album Mezmerize/Hypnotize–debuted as the number-one selling CD in the United States. On April 24 of this year–System held a sold-out "Souls 2005" benefit concert for the ANCA and other groups working to prevent genocide and counter genocide denial. The band has sold nearly 10 million CDs worldwide. A Google search for "System of a Down" returns over 1.6 million hits.

The ANCA–at the invitation of the band–has worked alongside Amnesty International and Axis of Justice at activist tables at concerts to distribute educational materials–secure signatures on petitions–field questions–and promote discussion about the Turkish government’s ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

For information about System of a Down–including a full listing of their remaining tour dates–visit http: www.systemofadown.com

The full text of the System of a Down action alert can be viewed on-line by visiting www.systemofadown.com and clicking on "NEWS."

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