June 4, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Haig Hovsepian
tel: (818) 500-1918

POWER INITIATIVE – 5TH EDITION: OVER 195 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE AGREED TO COSPONSOR H. RES. 106

Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) is pleased to announce that the POWER Initiative has continued to build and increase support for the Armenian Genocide Resolutions in both the House and Senate (H. Res. 106 and S. Res. 106). Dubbed “Project Outreach Western Region – POWER”, the ANCA-WR office has been mobilizing ANC chapters throughout the western United States in educating Armenian Americans on the status of the genocide resolutions pending in both the House and Senate.

To date, Members of Congress from 11 states in the Western Region have cosponsored H. Res. 106. Those cosponsoring the human rights legislation include Members from California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington. According to an ANCA study, 55% of the Western Region’s House Members have cosponsored H. Res. 106.

In recent weeks, the ANCA-WR has worked with local activists to continue securing meetings all across the country with congressional district offices. The ANCA-WR recently met with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-29) and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA-31) to discuss the Armenian Genocide resolution and other issues of concern to the Armenian American community.

“196 cosponsors demonstrates the strong bipartisan support that H. Res. 106 enjoys,” remarked Andrew Kzirian, ANCA-WR Executive Director. “We are now seeing a strong surge as the resolution pushes closer to 200 cosponsors,” added Kzirian.

Stay tuned for the next POWER update.

The Armenian National Committee of America is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The Western Region of the United States.