System of A Down Rally Attracts International Media Attention

Multi-Platinum Band Calls for Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution

New York Times–BBC–and MTV Join Local ABC–FOX–and WB stations and Area Newspapers in Covering Event outside the Batavia–Illinois Office of Speaker Dennis Hastert

WASHINGTON–DC (ANCA)–The pro-Armenian Genocide Resolution rally last week by System Of A Down outside the Batavia–Illinois office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) received extensive media coverage–both internationally and within the Speaker’s local suburban Chicago media market.

The September 27 event was organized by the multi-platinum band System Of A Down–along with the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)–Axis of Justice–and the Armenian Youth Federation. Over two hundred fans–including a large number of Armenian Americans from Chicago–attended the rally to urge the Speaker to schedule a vote on legislation pending before Congress that would recognize the Armenian Genocide. At the rally–the band delivered a letter asking the Speaker to allow the legislation to move forward. Speaker Hastert pledged to allow the full House to vote on Armenian genocide legislation in August of 2000–but retreated from this promise in October of that year–citing pressure from the White House. On September 15 of this year–the House International Relations Committee overwhelmingly approved legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The highlights of the media coverage included:

* Over 560,000 households in the Chicago area watched video from the rally via ABC channel 7 News (Nielsen Audience: 310,980)–WGN-WB (Nielsen Audience: 231,385)–and WFLD-FOX (Nielsen Audience: 22,726).

* The New York Times covered the rally–as did three area newspapers read by Speaker Hastert’s constituents: The Beacon News–The Daily Herald–and The Kane County Chronicle.

* News of the rally was broadcast on radio internationally via The World (BBC) and locally by Chicago Public Radio.

* The rally received excellent coverage in the entertainment media via stories on the websites of MTV (two stories)–VH1–Rolling Stone–and a range of other media outlets.


–New York Times (September 26–2005–Arts Section)

–ABC channel 7 news –WLS-ABC CHICAGO–IL SEP 27 2005 5:00PM CT Nielsen Audience: 310,980

–ABC 7 News at 5–WGN-WB CHICAGO–IL SEP 27 2005 9:00PM CT Nielsen Audience: 231,385

–News at Nine–WFLD-FOX CHICAGO–IL SEP 28 2005 5:00AM CT Nielsen Audience: 22,726 Fox News at 5AM

– (Pre-Rally coverage)

– (Post-Rally coverage)


– (a radio program in done in co-production with the BBC)

–Rolling Stone:

–The Beacon News

–The Daily Herald

-Kane County Chronicle:

–PR Newswire

–Los Angeles Daily News


–Yahoo News

In the two weeks since that vote–thousands of System fans have sent free ANCA WebFaxes urging Speaker Hastert to hold a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution:


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