ANCA-Glendale’s 2019 Gala Honors Community Members, Organizations

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter recently held its 2019 Award and Appreciation Gala. The purpose of the gala is to celebrate and highlight the work and achievements of distinguished individuals and local organizations that have made considerable contributions to the betterment of our community, and the City of Glendale.

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Araksya Karapetyan to Receive ‘Excellence in Media’ Award at ANCA-WR Gala

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region announced that it will honor journalist and TV personality Araksya Karapetyan with the “Excellence in Media” Award at the 2019 ANCA-WR Gala. The gala will be held on Sunday, October 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch Consults with ANCA Idaho

— National, Regional, and State Level ANCA Leadership Take Part in Capitol Hill Meeting on Armenian American Policy Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC – The Chairwoman of Idaho’s chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Liyah Babayan joined with national ANCA leaders at a recent policy consultation in Washington, DC with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch (R-ID).

“I appreciated the opportunity to share with Chairman Risch the Idaho Armenian community’s support for a permanent U.S. policy on the Armenian Genocide – one which properly honors the heroic role that Idahoans and all Americans played in saving hundreds of thousands of orphans through the Congressionally-mandated Near East Relief effort,” said ANCA Idaho Chairwoman Liyah Babayan. “As the great-grandchild of survivors of the Armenian Genocide, forced to flee Azerbaijani government-organized violence against the country’s Armenian minority, my family and I understand first-hand the importance of properly commemorating this crime, condemning its denial, and ensuring that the lessons of the past contribute to a more tolerant future,” said Babayan.
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Turkish Divestment Bill Passes Calif. State Senate; Heads to Newsom’s Desk

SACRAMENTO—The Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act, known as AB 1320, passed the California State Senate on Wednesday with a vote of 33 in favor, no opposition, and seven abstentions. The bill now goes to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.

California has a long history of divesting from countries that violate human rights, South Africa (apartheid policy), Sudan (Darfur genocide), and Iran (international terrorism, human rights violations). A divestment from Turkish bonds over Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide, the continued funding of a campaign of genocide denial, and the recent erosion of democratic principles would send a clear message internationally that California, the fifth largest economy in the world, demands justice for 1.5 million Armenians killed.
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ANC Crescenta Valley Sponsors Staging of ‘A Journey of Angels’

LA CAÑADA, Calif.,—Sponsored by the Armenian National Committee Greater Crescenta Valley Chapter, the musical performance “A Journey of Angels,” based on Dr. Kay Mouradian’s genocide memoir “My Mother’s Voice,” will take place at La Canada’s Lanterman Auditorium. The performance will be staged on Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m., at 4491 Cornishon Ave, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. It is produced by an American creative team composed of book writer Brent Beerman, composer and lyricist Kathi Chaplar, and director Kay Cole.
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ANCA-WR Meets with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Photo caption: Representatives of the ANCA-WR with Montebello City Mayor Jack Hadjinian (center left) and Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (center)

MONTEBELLO— The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region representatives held a lunch meeting with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA – 38) as part of the 2019 August Recess. The meeting was attended by ANCA National Board member Levon Kirakosian, ANCA–WR Board member Gev Iskajyan, and Government Affairs Director Arsen Shirvanyan. They were joined by Montebello City Mayor Jack Hadjinian and Montebello City Treasurer Ashod Mooradian.
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ANCA-WR Completes Community Road Trip Through the American Northwest

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region undertook a five-city, four-state community road trip through the American northwest to organize a meet and greets and ANCA360 presentations for the community, as well as to hold meetings with community organizations and Congressional offices during the August Recess month. ANCA-WR Executive Director Armen Sahakyan and Government Affairs Coordinator Serob Abrahamian, joined by community activist and author Liyah Babayan, visited Armenian American communities in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Boise, ID; Twin Falls, ID; and Salt Lake City, UT.
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ANCA-WR, ARS-WUS meet with LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

GLENDALE—Representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region and the Armenian Relief Society – Western US met with the Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and members of her staff to tour the ARS Social Services headquarters in Glendale and learn more about the critical services they have been providing to the local community for decades.
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