A Call to Action in regards to the Pernicious Misinformation of US Congressman Stephen Cohen!

A Call to Action in regards to the Pernicious Misinformation of US Congressman Stephen Cohen!

If someone with common decency accidentally stabs and hurts someone with a knife that was not properly held, that person will not just say “I meant to put the knife on the table.  Forgive me for not holding the knife properly”.  The first words would and should include “I’m sorry.”  Then one could expect that help would be provided to the injured person, which would include covering costs. 
Congressman Stephen Cohen of Tennessee does not adhere to the above standard of decency.  We know this because he falsely suggested on the CNN Anderson Cooper show that Poland was responsible for the more severe death camps during World War II, Auschwitz and Birkenau, but did not apologize.  He also did nothing to correct the misinformation he spewed to the viewers of CNN.   

Please see Rebuke of US Congressman Stephen Cohen statement we are looking to distribute that explains what happened, and what we want.

We are now recruiting volunteers to picket at various locations.  Please go to Contact us and leave a message.

W związku z akcją dotyczacą mylnych słów Kongresmena Cohena, planujemy serię pikiet przed biurami lokalnych kongresmenów aby podkreślić że liczymy na nich by skorygowali i skrytykowali Cohena za to że mylnie sugerował że Polska jest wspólodpowiedzialna za obozy, oraz za brak podjęcia przez niego kroków by naprawić swój szkodliwy dla Polski przekaz. Przy okazji można będzie zaprezentować kongresmenom podstawowe fakty na temat naszej historii.

Wstępnie planujemy pikiety w Douglaston, Queens i w Huntington, Suffolk County, już w przyszłym tygodniu.
Szukamy chętnych i odważnych którzy mogliby brać udział w pikietach. Jeśli tak to proszę odpowiedzieć zostawiąjac wiadomość przez Contact Us na tej stronie internetowej.

Our goals:
– A rebuke of Congressman Cohen by his peers,

– An apology and correction by Congressman Cohen, (a)to be posted on all his digital platforms, such as his official website, and his official Facebook page, as he does for other statements and letters of his.  (b) The correction should state unequivocally that Germany, NOT Poland, is responsible for the Holocaust, and (c) Germany, NOT Poland, is responsible for the the concentration and extermination camps, such as Auschwitz and Birkenau.  (d) It should also state unequivocally that such camps were NOT in Poland, which falsely suggests that Poland was a sovereign country when the camps were built, but in German occupied Poland.    (e) The correction should clarify that Congressman Cohen is aware, and acknowledges, that what Germany did to the Poles during World War II constitutes Genocide. (f)The correction should also clarify that Congressman Cohen is aware, and acknowledges, that three (3) million ethnic Poles died under German occupation, in addition to the three (3) million Polish Jews already acknowledged by Congressman Cohen in a quiet letter he wrote in regards to this issue.  (gThe correction should reach that same audience, namely the viewers of the CNN Anderson Cooper show, that heard and saw Congressman Cohen express his highly misleading and hurtful words. (h) The CNN video, including on Youtube, should be pulled or modified so the misleading statement about Poland is removed from view.

– A meeting between Congressman Cohen and representatives of the Polish American community engaged in this campaign initiated in reaction to HIS words, and HIS insufficient attempt to rectify the situation.

– Education of US Legislators and their staff in regards to Polish history, especially that of World War II history, in order to prevent similar infuriating incidents such as the one created by Congressman Cohen.

– Recruitment of  volunteers willing to actively react to anti-Polish bigotry and discrimination amongst US legislators, and other politicians, as well as to react to policies that are discriminatory towards Polish Americans.

– Development of strategies to promote Polish concerns, to motivate politicians to prevent and react to anti-Polonism, anti-Polish bigotry and discrimination, ESPECIALLY when exhibited by those holding political positions. 

What we are asking people to do:  A. Contact and Engage the Congressman and his office and express dissatisfaction with what he did.  B. Explain what Congressman Cohen needs to do to make up for what he did.  C. Contact and engage local Congresspersons and Senators to express dissatisfaction with Congressperson Cohen, and ask that they rebuke him, aa well as have them convey to Congressman Cohen what he needs to do to make up for what he did. D.  Go to Contact at top of this Polish Media Issues site and let us know that you are willing to volunteer in dealing with this and further instances of anti-Polish misinformation.

A.  We want people who become aware of this situation, no matter where they live on earth, to IMMEDIATELY and repeatedly start contacting the offices of Congressman Cohen via phone, Facebook, E-mail or Fax.  See below for how:

(The reason you would be contacting Congressman Cohen’s office after the first time is to find out if he received your message, AND, is he committing to addressing our requests, and/or when will he be fulfilling our requests. Whatever you do, it must be stressed that we be respectful, especially to his staff.  They actually might agree with us.)

(A1)  via telephone at BOTH of the following numbers:

(901) 544-413 Tennessee office
(202) 225-3265 Washington DC office 

 (A2) via posting something on his Facebook page as well as by using messenger at: 


(A3) by FAXing  the Rebuke statement to his offices at BOTH of the following numbers:

(202) 225-5663
(901) 544-4329

(A4) In order to E-mail Congressman Cohen go to the following link: 


Enter the zip code 38103-3915 from within his District.  Use one of the following addresses that are within the district that are within the Congressman’s district:

225 North Main Street 
Memphis, TN 38103-3915
125 N. Main Street Room #640
Memphis, TN 38103-3915
Give your name, and cell phone.
Fill in the space for comments:
Put something such as:
You have to apologize to the Polish American community and correct your mistake on CNN!

B.  Be prepared to explain what the Polish community wants, whether it is to the staff of Cohen, to Cohen himself, or to anyone else, such as other politicans we want to get involved.  The below is what we want:

(B1) a REAL apology, 

(B2)  a posting of that apology on his Fcebook and online pages, just as he posts his other letters and statements,  

(B3) a corrective statement on CNN Anderson Cooper show or on CNN at the same time,
(statement should mention that (B3a) his words suggesting that Poland was responsible for the German concentration camps on occupied Polish territory was incorrect,  (B3b) that Germany was solely responsible for the death camps in occupied Poland, and (B3c) that six million Polish citizens died at the hands of the Germans, which includes 3 million Jewish people, 3 million ethnic Polish people, in addition to 3 million other European Jews,  and (B3d) that what the Poles endured at the hands of the Germans was GENOCIDE.  The statement MUST include the words GERMAN and/or GERMANY!)

(B4) a meeting with the organizers of this campaign. 

C.  Reach out to your local Congresspersons and Senator, as well as local party clubs.  Do all the below preferably in the order listed:  (If you do not know who your Congressperson is, go to following link and put in your zip code)  


(C1) Call by phone, tell them you reside in their district, and tell the staff that you want to E-mail the Rebuke of US Congressman Cohen statement, and then send them the Rebuke of of US Congressman Cohen statement

(C2) Visit their office sometime, within a few days, after you called the office, and drop off a printed copy of the rebuke letter.

(C3) Please leave them your name and contact.  

(C4) Request that the Congressperson/Senator/Party club try to influence Congressman Cohen to meet our reasonable demands, 

(C5) Request that the Congressperson organize an official rebuke of Congressman Cohen

(C6) Request they sign up as a signatories to the Rebuke of Congressman Cohen statement that will be posted on the Polish Media Issues website, and other websites.

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