Armenian Community Members Meet with Bernie Sanders

LOS ANGELES—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region, joined by a number of other Armenian community organizations, met with Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday ahead of his rally in East Los Angeles.

“We had a productive conversation with Senator Sanders, discussing a range of issues of concern to the Armenian American community in the Western United States,” remarked ANCA-WR Vice-Chairman Raffi Kassabian, Esq. “We thanked the Senator for his historic and principled support for genocide recognition as a co-sponsor of S.Res.150 and urged him to advocate for honest genocide recognition and justice in the Senate in light of recent efforts in the Senate to enforce Turkey’s gag-rule,” he continued. “In light of past presidential candidates’ empty promises, the community has restructured its form of advocacy and expects all candidates to deliver discrete actions that manifest themselves prior to Election Day instead of after taking office,” remarked Kassabian.
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ANCA-WR Endorses Portantino in Re-Election Bid

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region Board and the ANCA Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, and Crescenta Valley local chapters met with California State Senator Anthony Portantino yesterday to formally endorse his re-election in 2020.

Senator Portantino represents the 25th district of the California State Senate encompassing the highest concentration of Armenians in the United States, including Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada-Flintridge, Montrose, Pasadena, and Sunland-Tujunga.

Prior to his election to the State Senate, Senator Portantino served in the California State Assembly representing the 44th Assembly District from 2006 to 2012. During his time in the Assembly, Portantino was a passionate advocate for the Armenian American community, co-authoring state resolutions recognizing and commemorating the Armenian Genocide in Sacramento every year while in office.
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2019 ANC-WR Grassroots Conference Energizes Community Activism

PASADENA—Hundreds of community leaders and members, scholars and activists gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center for the 5th biennial ANC-WR Grassroots Conference to hear experts in law, politics, and media discuss modes of advocacy in the active pursuit of the Armenian Cause. The conference was held on October 18 and 19.

2019 Grassroots Conference Organizing Committee Chair Nyree Tognozzi Apik opened the conference, welcoming the attendees and introducing the weekend’s first panel, which kicked off on Friday evening with the star-studded “Armenian Women in Media” panel, featuring Ellina Abovian – KTLA 5 News; Anna Kachikyan – The Armenian Report; Araksya Karapetyan – KTTV Fox 11’s Good Day L.A.; Ella Sogomonian – KRON ON; and Sona Movsesian (Moderator) – “Conan.” In the packed room, the engaging and much-anticipated panel explored the various media opportunities, as well as the factors and considerations that go into media content. Each panelist brought her unique experience and knowledge to educate the conference on the dynamics of today’s media in the United States and abroad.

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All Your Questions About H.Res.296 Answered

The Significance and Next Steps in Pursuing Truth and Justice for the Armenian Genocide in the United States

Q: What does the passage of this resolution mean?

A: The U.S. House of Representatives voted almost unanimously in a strong bipartisan vote of 405 to 11 (a) to officially recognize and commemorate the Armenian Genocide, (b) to reject Turkish efforts to associate the U.S. with Turkey’s denialist campaign, and (c) to encourage education about the Armenian Genocide and the U.S. humanitarian Near East Relief effort to rescue survivors․
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‘We Must See Ourselves: as Armenians in Pursuit of A National Agenda,’ Say ANCA-WR’s Nora Hovsepian

In her remarks during this year’s Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region banquet, the organization’s chairperson Nora Hovsepian, Esq. put forth a compelling agenda for advancing the Armenian Cause and called on all Armenians to come together to pursue our just national aspirations. She said: “We must see ourselves: as Armenians in pursuit of a national agenda to seek justice for the Armenian Genocide, support for Armenia and Artsakh.”

Below is the complete text of Hovsepian’s remarks.
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1,000 Strong Capacity Crowd Celebrates ANCA-WR and Its Accomplishments

LOS ANGELES—More than 1,000 activists, community leaders, public officials, supporters, and generous donors attended the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region’s Annual Gala on October 20, 2019, in Beverly Hills.

The community celebrated ANCA-WR’s accomplishments and bestowed the “Legislator of the Year” Award upon Congresswoman Judy Chu, the “Woman of the Year” award upon LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the “Khrimian Hayrig” award upon Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the “Excellence in Media” award upon news anchor Araksya Karapetyan, and gave recognition to last year’s ANCA-WR interns. A special tribute was made in memoriam to Hacop Baghdassarian to honor his lifelong commitment and unwavering dedication to the advancement of the Armenian Cause.
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ANCA-Pasadena Endorses Joe Baghdadlian for Pasadena City Council District 4

PASADENA—The Armenian National Committee of America – Pasadena Chapter announced this week its endorsement of Joe Baghdadlian in his bid for City Council in Pasadena’s District 4 for the 2020 Election.

The ANCA, Pasadena Chapter’s support of Joe Baghdadlian’s candidacy is based on his vision and plan for Pasadena’s District 4 and for his strong support of the Armenian American community. After an open and sincere discussion, the ANCA – Pasadena Chapter board decided to endorse Joe Baghdadlian’s candidacy.
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Հայ Դատը «Կրենթ» Վարժարանի Տնօրէնին Հետ Քննեց Հայկական Դրօշակի Մը Շուրջ Ծագած Կռիւին Հարցը

ՎԵԼԻ ԿԼԵՆ.- Արեւելեան Սան Ֆերնանտօ հովիտի Հայ Դատի յանձնախումբի ատենապետ Վիգէն Սոնենց Փափազեան, վարչութեան անդամ Թերեզա Պետրոսեան եւ Հանրային վարժարաններ յաճախող հայ աշակերտներու յանձնախումբի գործադիր վարիչ Արսինէ Յովհաննիսեան 18 Հոկտեմբերին հանդիպում մը ունեցան Վելի Կլենի «Կրենթ» երկրորդական վարժարանի տնօրէն Ռեպեքա ՄըքՄիւրընի հետ՝ քննելու համար հայկական եռագոյնը վարկաբեկելու իբրեւ հետեւանք սկսած ֆիզիքական բախումին ստեղծած լարուածութիւնը մեղմացելու եւ նման միջադէպերու կրկնութեանց առաջքը առնելու կարելիութիւնները։

Քանի մը վիրաւոր պատճառած կռիւը բնականաբար մեծապէս մտահոգած էր վարժարանի ծնողները, որոնցմէ շատեր դիմած էին շրջանի Հայ Դատին։
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ANCA-WR and American Hellenic Council Sign MOU on Collaboration

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region and the American Hellenic Council signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation during a special ceremony on Monday, signaling a new chapter of even deeper and more institutionalized relations between the two organizations.

The ceremony took place at the ANCA-WR headquarters in Glendale, with ANCA Western Region Chairperson Nora Hovsepian, Esq. and AHC President James Dmitriou, PhD signing the document that went into effect immediately.

The memorandum recognizes the historic relations between the Armenian and Hellenic communities, accentuates the importance of collaboration and mutual understanding, and commits both communities to ensure comprehensive cooperation.
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ANCA-SFVE Endorses Paul Krekorian for Reelection

NORTH HOLLYWOOD—The Armenian National Committee of America – San Fernando Valley East announced today its endorsement of Paul Krekorian for re-election to the 2nd District Seat of the Los Angeles City Council.

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Krekorian has a long and distinguished career in public service, having first been elected to the Burbank School Board in 2003, the California State Assembly in 2006 and the Los Angeles City Council in 2009, where he has served for several consecutive terms as the 2nd Council District representative. The 2nd Council District includes the Studio City, Sun Valley, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Van Nuys, and Valley Glen neighborhoods of the eastern San Fernando Valley, which is home to an estimated 100,000 Armenian Americans.
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