REPRESENTATIVE BAIRD AGREES TO OSPONSOR THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION
Members of the greater Portland-area and southwestern Washington State
communities held meetings with the district offices of Congresswoman
Darlene Hooley (D-OR-05) and Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA-03) on
March 7, 2007 to ask the representatives to cosponsor H.Res.106,
the Armenian Genocide resolution that was introduced in the House
of Representatives earlier this year. Organized by ANC of Oregon
Chairman Rafael Saakyan, the meetings were also aimed at continuing
to strengthen local grassroots relationships with each Representative.
As a direct result of these key constituent meetings and relationships,
Representative Baird has agreed to cosponsor the Armenian Genocide
resolution, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 184.
"We wanted to make sure our elected officials were aware of the
significance of this resolution and why it was important to support
it," said Saakyan. " This resolution sends a clear message that our
Congress has the strength to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide and
provide the moral foundation to help us fight the continuing specter
of genocide that confronts us today in Darfur."