ANCA Launches ‘End Turkey’s Gag Rule’ Campaign to Secure Passage of Armenian Genocide Bill

www.anca.org/endthegagrule latest effort to promote Committee and full House passage of Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.252)

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) launched an array of grassroots, media, advertising, and advocacy initiatives Monday – as part of its “End Turkey’s Gag Rule” campaign – to encourage the U.S. Congress to adopt legislation, H.Res.252, calling on the U.S. government to put the lessons of the Armenian Genocide to work in preventing future crimes against humanity.

The newly inaugurated ANCA campaign comes in the wake of Sunday’s 60 Minutes program taking Turkey to task over its denial of the Armenian Genocide, and on the eve of the Thursday, March 4th vote by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

“We’re pleased to launch the ‘End Turkey’s Gag Rule’ campaign as a service to help Americans of every background to better understand the danger of denial and the urgency of taking action now to secure Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA.  “As Americans, we simply cannot allow any nation – Turkey, or China or any foreign power – to impose a gag rule on America’s moral stand against genocide.”

The campaign, which features a compelling image of the Statue of Liberty gagged by a Turkish flag, is anchored by an interactive website: www.anca.org/endthegagrule, that offers avenues for advocacy in support of Armenian Genocide legislation, educational resources on the Armenian Genocide, and social networking opportunities.

Advertisements targeting the Congressional audience began appearing Monday in three Capitol Hill and political online publications – Roll Call, Politico and The Hill. The effort is set to expand in the days leading to the House Foreign Affairs Committee vote and continue in anticipation of full House consideration of the measure.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) has scheduled a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution H.Res.252) on March 4th.  Over 137 House Members have cosponsored this measure, spearheaded by Representatives Schiff, George Radanovich (R-CA), and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).  A similar measure in the Senate (S.Res.316), led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and John Ensign (R-NV) has 13 cosponsors.

Activists and organizations are encouraged to include the ‘End Turkey’s Gag Rule’ graphic and link on their websites and blogs by contacting elizabeth@anca.org.

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  1. Pingback: Who decides when America speaks on Genocide? “End Turkey’s Gag Rule” « Armenian Genocide

  2. manooshag said:

    Hye, the Ottoman-minded Turkey leaderships have sent their ‘reps’ to the USA to ‘tell’ the USA leadership what
    stance our USA leaders (i.e., USA State Department, especially) have need to take in support of their “ally” (sometimes) the nation of the Turks.
    A Turkey unable to maintain alliances, a nation in denial of the Turkish Genocide of the Armenian nation. Not only slaughtering, raping, kidnapping and more, even the bastandos – a vile and cruel torture of beating up the bottoms of the victims feet – until they bleed and then explode… ala Turks! Only death is release…
    Turkey, a nation which lies and misleads its own Turkish citizenry, Turkey, whose hordes from the Asian mountains came down upon civilized and advanced
    societies – took, not by wars, but by Genocides that which they wanted: nations and their cultures to become as the Turks own. Having accomplished this, by stealing the Armenian lands, cultures, architecture, and more – Turkey in all these generations has not yet been able to join the other civilized nations of the world. Rather, until today, the Turk leaderships are bullies, inserting themselves as bullies are wont to do, where they could not even begin to function – civilly – for so many generations.
    The cycle of Genocides needs to be ended – millions of innocents’ lives ended, destroyed and more. Just
    imagine – if the Turks had been brought to face justice in the Armenian Genocide, early in the 20th century,
    imagine – all the Genocides since then shall not have been. Despots shall have known the penalties for
    perpeturating Genocide – hence, Genocides shall have been eliminated on our planet…
    Manooshag

  3. Barkev Asadourian said:

    you better follow your Generals in the army once they revolated the
    regime your resident will be prison for life,find solution to protect
    yourself,Genocide Reconization will be by U.S.A. fair enough
    to lie on your policy to the world. get the right!!!

  4. Artashes said:

    The U.S. administration is again using the Armenian Genocide issue to pressure the Turks to open the borders so the U.S. could advance their economic and military interests. This is what the State Department wants by tacitly supporting the passage of the congressional resolution! They could care less for the moral, human rights, and historical justice sides of the issue. Once the borders are open, MARK MY WORDS, the issue will again be put in the lower drawer for another 95 years. I regret that Armenian-Americans are driven by their grassroots groups to be a part of a great show staged by insincere and profit-oriented U.S. administration!

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