Washington DC recognizes the Armenian Genocide

#ThankYouDC: The District of Columbia joins 49 U.S. States and, of course, the U.S. House of Representatives in recognizing the Armenian Genocide and calling for its inclusion in the DC school curriculum.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region welcomes the City Council of the District of Columbia’s adoption of a special resolution affirming the Armenian Genocide via a unanimous vote of 13-0 on November 8, 2019. In addition to truthfully and forcefully recognizing the Genocide, the resolution calls for its inclusion in the DC public school curriculum. The District of Columbia joins 49 U.S. States and the United States House of Representatives in recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
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The Fight for a Right: ANCA-ER Dedicates Annual Banquet to Genocide Resolution

LOWELL, Mass.— Hundreds of supporters of the Armenian National Committee of America-Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) honored community leaders and grassroots activists whose tireless efforts led to this month’s House passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) at its 13th annual banquet.
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Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts Visits Senator Warren’s District Office

Photo caption: Representatives from the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) Regional Director Farrah Ridore. Pictured from left to right: Steve Mesrobian, Tsoleen Sarian, Farrah Ridore, Nairi Khatchadourian and Tsoler Avedissian.

Boston, MA – Representatives from the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts visited with Senator Warren’s (D-MA) Regional Director Farrah Ridore this month. Members of the ANC of Eastern Massachusetts delegation included Tsoler Avedissian, Nairi Khatchadourian, Steve Mesrobian and Tsoleen Sarian.
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ANCA-ER’s Banquet to Welcome Hundreds of Activists to the Merrimack Valley

LOWELL, Mass.—Hundreds of community leaders and grassroots activists throughout the Eastern United States will gather together at the 13th annual Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER) banquet on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center to mark the year’s accomplishments and honor those who have worked tirelessly for the Armenian cause.

Each year, the ANCA-ER honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions toward issues that concern Armenian Americans with the ANCA-ER Freedom Award and ANCA-ER Vahan Cardashian Award. This year’s recipients of the ANCA-ER Freedom Award are Dr. Taner Akçam and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), and this year’s recipients of the ANCA-ER Vahan Cardashian Awards are Aram, Armen, and Ara Jeknavorian.
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Alabama Becomes 49th U.S. State to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Declares the Month of April as “Genocide Awareness Month”

MOBILE, AL – Alabama officially became the 49th U.S. state to recognize the Armenian Genocide when Governor Kay Ivey issued a powerful proclamation recognizing the Ottoman Turkish Empire’s centrally-planned and executed annihilation of close to three million Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians and Syriacs from 1915-1923, according to the Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).

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ANCA-Endorsed Rep. Mari Manoogian Sworn into Michigan’s State Legislature

LANSING, Mich. – Mari Manoogian, victorious in her campaign as the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 40th State House district, was sworn in with the 100th Legislature on Wednesday, January 9 at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, MI. She has also been appointed as the Assistant House Democratic Whip and will officially begin her term today, Wednesday, January 9, as the 100th legislative session commences.

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Armenian American Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte Re-elected to Serve on Westbrook, Maine City Council

Westbrook, MA – Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte was re-elected to serve Ward Three on Westbrook, Maine’s City Council in the November 6th midterm elections. Turcotte first ran and won the seat in 2015 and was at that time the youngest and only female city council representative on the Westbrook City Council.

ANC of Maine Chairman Armen Carapetian offered his congratulations to Turcotte. “We’re thrilled to have Anna represent the citizens of Westbrook and to a broader extent the Armenian Americans of Maine and the nation. As a lecturer, she is often traveling from state to state not only representing the people of Maine, but also Armenians and that is such a powerful tool for us as we advocate for justice for Armenia and Artsakh,” said Carapetian.
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Armenian American Lorig Charkoudian Victorious in Maryland’s House of Delegates Race

Watertown, MA – Lorig Charkoudian, the Democratic candidate for Maryland’s House of Delegates was elected to serve as one of the three delegates for District 20 in the November 6th midterm elections becoming the first Armenian American in recent memory – and perhaps ever – to serve in the Maryland state legislature.

“The ANCA Eastern Region joins with Armenian Americans in Maryland and across the country in congratulating Lorig on her victory,” said Steve Mesrobian, ANCA Eastern Region Board Chairman. “We are so excited to have Lorig in a leadership position in Maryland’s House of Delegates and celebrate her win as she works to advance issues and voice concerns that matter to the residents in her district including Armenian Americans,” said Mesrobian.
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ANCA Eastern Region 12th Annual Gala Brings Hundreds of Activists Together in New York City

NEW YORK, NY – Hundreds of community leaders and grassroots advocates from throughout the Eastern United States gathered together at the 12th annual Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region’s Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City to mark 100 years of Armenian-American political advocacy, celebrating the year’s progress and honoring those whose work significantly impacted the Armenian Cause.

This year’s honorees included Oscar-winning director Terry George and producer Dr. Eric Esrailian for their work on the film “The Promise,” and community activist and educator Ken Sarajian. Also recognized were the 2018 ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship participants Antranig Kechejian, Victoria Messikian and Adrienne Tazian-Schwartz.
Special guests included H.E. Mher Margaryan, Armenia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Robert Avetisyan, Republic of Artsakh’s Permanent Representative to the United States and Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau Member.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Division for Human Rights Watch served as master of ceremonies for the gala. Following the singing of the national anthems of the U,S. and Armenia by Hooshere Bezdikian and the invocation by His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate, Whitson noted how 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia, the forerunner of the ANCA, in 1918. She highlighted that among the ANCA’s strengths today was the broad diversity of its supporters; its ability to unify people across multiple generations, from varied geographic and professional backgrounds, and from across the political spectrum to work for Hai Tahd, the Armenian Cause.
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ANCA Calls on FAA to Facilitate Dialogue on Non-Stop U.S.-Armenia Flights

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has called upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to facilitate the launch of non-stop flights from the United States to the Republic of Armenia – easing transit for tourists, speeding up business travel and cargo movement – while deepening the bilateral ties between two friendly nations.

In a letter shared on the eve of Armenian Independence Day, ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian encouraged Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell to engage with Armenia’s civil aviation authorities on concrete steps toward this powerful new connection between the American and Armenian peoples.

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