Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, an eight-term legislator from Dallas, Texas, is attacking U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a “one-sided” view of a “historic dispute.”

In a letter circulated on February 25th to all 434 of her House colleagues, she dismissed the Armenian Genocide as an “inter-communal war.”

The Congresswoman’s line of attack, long ago discredited by historians and genocide scholars, is a particularly toxic form of denial that seeks, without any basis in fact, to create parity between perpetrator and victim. Her letter attempts to equate the full force of the Ottoman Empire’s vast military with the unarmed and impoverished Armenian population destroyed by its brutal and systematic campaign of race extermination.

Please call her office to politely share your concerns.

Call Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
(202) 225-8885

Calling is quick, easy, and hassle free ‘s usually taking less than 2 minutes.

What to expect: The receptionist will answer your call and, in most instances, simply write down your message, and say thank you.What to say: Introduce yourself and mention that you are calling regarding the Congresswoman’s recent opposition to the Armenian Genocide Resolution. (See phone script for suggestions.)

How to say it: The keys to effectively communicating your concerns are to always be very polite, to stay on-message, and to refrain from heated rhetoric that will be used to undermine your credibility.


Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

(202) 225-8885

Hello, my name is [FULL NAME] and I calling to say I’m troubled by the Congresswoman’s recent letter in opposition to Armenian Genocide recognition.

Her letter is factually wrong and morally flawed.

The Armenian Genocide is settled history. All serious genocide scholars have called on Congress to pass this measure. In fact, the only deniers left are the Turkish government and its Washington lobbyists.

The ability of genocidal regimes, like Sudan, to continue killing innocent people is strengthened every time America fails to take a stand against all genocides, past and present.

Please ask the Congresswoman to reconsider her stand.

Thank you.


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  1. Bob Shemeligian said:

    My ancestors lived in Kharput, a small village in Armenia, which is now Eastern Turkey. They were beaten to death by Ottoman Turks in their homes. My great aunts Mariam and Mary were tortured and murdered. Mariam was burned alive and Mary was sliced to pieces and left on the roadside. They were among 1.5 million Armenians who were victims of the First Genocide of the Twentieth Century. The International Association of Genocide Scholars notes “the documentation of the Armenian Genocide is abundant and overwhelming” To call it an “inter-communal war” is absurd and ridiculous, and I believe that unless Congresswoman Johnson changes her stance, her legacy — her career — will be irrevocably harmed. Please consider what I’m saying. I’m a volunteer for the Democratic Party, and your stance greatly saddens me.–.pdf

  2. Hamparsum Kasparyan said:

    With all my Respect Mrs. Eddie Barnie Johnson; I believe you have quite knowledge about the Armenian Genocide but you don’t want to loose the Turks vote in your district. This is not a political issue. Please be realistic and Humanist about this issue.
    Thank you Kindly.
    Hamparsum Kasparyan