SAN FRANCISCO–San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urging her to support H. Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution. Newsom, whose city falls into Pelosi’s eighth congressional district, expressed his utmost support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution. In his correspondence to Speaker Pelosi, Newsom states, “I write this letter in respect to House Resolution 106, which would officially place the U.S. House of Representatives as recognizing the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Along with San Francisco’s large and active Armenian- American community, it is an honor to add my name to the growing number of supporters to House Resolution 106.”
Mayor Newsom also referred to the assassination of Hrant Dink as being “silenced as he advocated for official Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide.” Mayor Newsom stated in his letter that, “[he] can find no better way to honor the memory of Mr. Dink than to ask that the House of Representatives pass this resolution.”
Mayor Newsom was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1997, representing District 2. He was elected Mayor of San Francisco in 2004 and has always been in support of the Armenian-American Community.
In Turkey, top Turkish officials, including Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul have lobbied against the Armenian Genocide Resolution passage in visits to the U.S. capital since February, Gul has warned that the resolution’s approval in Congress could hurt Turkish-U.S. ties beyond repair, including a disruption of security arrangemen’s.
Turkish officials and their lobbyists are now working to prevent other lawmakers from backing the genocide bill and urging some House members to withdraw their signatures from the list of supporters.
Since the introduction of Armenian Genocide legislation the ANCA national, regional and local chapters have been working with tens of thousands of activists across the United States to secure support and swift passage of this human rights legislation.
Earlier this year, the ANCA Western and Eastern Region offices launched the POWER Initiative designed to significantly expand community outreach and support. Dubbed "Project Outreach Western Region" in the West and "Project Outreach Waves the Eastern Region" in the East, the program has generated renewed grassroots activism in large and small communities. Travels to traditional strongholds in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois have been complemented with visits to Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina and South Carolina, expanded outreach to established communities in Ohio, Wisconsin and Missouri and burgeoning communities in Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington state.
On March 22nd and 23rd, over 100 activists from 25 states participated in the Washington, DC advocacy days, titled "End the Cycle of Genocide: Grassroots Capitol Campaign." By the end of the whirlwind two-day campaign, organized by the ANCA and the Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net), activists had visited all 100 Senate and 435 House of Representatives offices, meeting with Members of Congress and their staff, and dropping off information regarding pending Armenian and Darfur genocide legislation.
Thousands have already sent ANCA WebFaxes to their Senators and Representatives in support of the Armenian Genocide legislation through participation in the "Click for Justice" internet campaign, launched on April 21st, to call renewed attention to key Armenian Genocide and Darfur Genocide legislation.
The Armenian Genocide resolution is supported by a broad-based coalition of over 44 human rights, religious, civic, and ethnic organizations, including the International Association of Genocide Scholars, American Values, and the National Council of Churches.
Armenian Americans and human rights supporters can lend their voice to the ongoing "Click for Justice" campaign by visiting www.anca.org.