Washington briefing: Coming up… Congressional advocacy and commemoration of Genocide

by Emil Sanamyan

Published: Saturday March 21, 2009

The ANCA's Aram Hamparian during protest near Turkish Embassy in Washinton, April 24, 2008. Armenian Reporter

Washington - The annual Capitol Hill commemoration of the Armenian Genocide will take place on April 22 this year, co-chairs of the Armenian Caucus Frank Pallone, Jr. (D.-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.) reported in a March 17 release.

"We invite Armenian-Americans across the country to gather with us on Capitol Hill as we solemnly remember the 1.5 million people brutally murdered 94 years ago," said Rep. Kirk. "With a new president publicly committed to recognizing the Armenian Genocide, we look forward to a meaningful commemoration by the Congress and the White House."

The traditional event features speeches by members of Congress and will be held in the Cannon Caucus Room of the congressional Cannon Office Building from 6 to 9 p.m.

From April 22 to 24, the Armenian National Committee of America will hold its third annual "End the Cycle of Genocide: Grassroots Capitol Campaign," which includes visits to congressional offices and meetings with their staff, and a protest outside Turkish Embassy in Washington.

For information on how to participate connect at www.anca.org.

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