Congressman David Valadao to Receive Advocate for Justice Award at the 2017 ANCA-WR Gala

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LOS ANGELES—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region announced that it will bestow its 2017 Advocate for Justice Award to Congressman David Valadao in honor of his most recent efforts to bring attention to the plight of Armenians in Artsakh, as well as his consistent leadership on issues important to the Armenian-American community. Congressman Valadao will personally accept the award at the organization’s Annual Gala to be held on October 8th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. “As Co-Chair of the Armenian Caucus in Congress and elected representative of a vibrant and deep rooted Diasporan Armenian-American community in California’s Central Valley, Congressman David Valadao has taken a leadership role particularly in promoting peace and prosperity for the people of Artsakh. He worked closely…
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ANCA-WR TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MUSICIAN/COMPOSER CHRIS CORNELL AT 2017 ANNUAL GALA

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Glendale, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region will pay tribute to the late famed musician and songwriter, Chris Cornell at the ANCA-WR Annual Gala Banquet to be held on October 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Cornell is also known for his philanthropic work with refugees and his commitment to raising awareness for the Armenian Genocide. “With the tragic passing of Chris Cornell earlier this year, the world lost a highly influential and compassionate voice in the fight to uphold human rights and justice for all oppressed people who suffer at the hands of evil. The Armenian People in turn lost a genuine ally in its struggle for justice for the Armenian Genocide, but we are fortunate to have the final gift of his…
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‘Architects of Denial’ Screening to Kick Off 2017 ANCA-WR Grassroots Conference

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GLENDALE—An exclusive screening of the much-anticipated documentary “Architects of Denial” will kick off this year’s ANCA-WR Grassroots Conference, the signature gathering of experts in law, politics, media and advocacy that takes place biennially and is organized by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region. The screening will take place on Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center and will be followed by a welcoming reception to kick off the two-day conference that will continue on Saturday, October 7 at the same location. Admission to the conference is free, but registration is required. Register Now at ancagrassroots.eventbrite.com. “Architects of Denial” is a documentary feature about the Armenian Genocide and the effects of its denial by Turkey and the international community of future…
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DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER BARED MARONIAN TO RECEIVE ANCA-WR ARTS & LETTERS AWARD AT GALA BANQUET

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Glendale, CA – The ANCA-WR will acclaim celebrated film director Bared Maronian with one of its highest honors, the eminent ANCA-WR Arts and Letters Award, at the ANCA-WR’s Annual Gala Banquet on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. “Bared Maronian is a one-man army in our collective fight for justice for the Armenian Genocide. With his groundbreaking documentary film Orphans of the Genocide being the longest continually aired Armenian-themed film in the history of television broadcasting reaching over 100 million viewers, and the success of his follow-up film Women of 1915, Bared has successfully used film to spread our message worldwide. For all his efforts, he is a most deserving recipient of our Arts & Letters Award,’ remarked ANCA-WR Board Chair Nora Hovsepian….
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GARO PAYLAN TO RECEIVE ANCA-WR FREEDOM AWARD AND WILL ADDRESS ANCA-WR GRASSROOTS CONFERENCE

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Glendale, CA – Garo Paylan, who is an Armenian member of the HDP bloc in the Turkish Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Committees on Constitution and Budget, will be honored with the ANCA-WR Freedom Award at the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region’s (ANCA-WR) Annual Gala Banquet on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The ANCA-WR Gala Banquet is the most prestigious Armenian-American grassroots public affairs event held in the Western United States. Past ANCA-WR Freedom Award recipients include the Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan, U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), German Green Party Co-Leader Cem Özdemir, and the Grammy-nominated rock band System of a Down.  “Garo Paylan is a true modern Armenian hero who fearlessly and courageously speaks…
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The Armenian National Committee of America- Western Region Accepting Applications for Fall Internship Program

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GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is accepting applications for the fall session of its internship program. The ANCA-WR Internship Program is an intensive 10-week program that prepares college students and recent college graduates for a professional work environment while learning the intricacies of public policy and advocacy. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Interested individuals may apply online at ancawr.org/internship. “The ANCA-WR provided me with tangible skills needed to navigate the political process. I appreciate the fact that, as an intern, I was trusted to work on large-scale projects including coalition partner building and outreach to public officials. This internship allows a hands-on experience outside the office space through which interns holistically grasp the nuances of the American…
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CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR ANTHONY J. PORTANTINO TO RECEIVE 2017 ANCA-WR LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

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Glendale, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region will be honoring California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino with the prestigious ANCA-WR 2017 Legislator of the Year Award. Senator Portantino will be presented with the award at the annual banquet to take place on Sunday, October 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. “From his days as a California State Assemblymember, throughout his campaign for State Senate, and consistently since his election, Senator Anthony Portantino has been a genuine and sincere friend to the Armenian-American community, not just through his words, but through his actions. He has successfully transformed ideas into tangible results and has created practical solutions to address the needs of the Armenian people not just in the 25th Senate District…
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WRITER/DIRECTOR OF “THE PROMISE” TERRY GEORGE TO RECEIVE ANCA-WR 2017 ARTS & LETTERS AWARD

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Glendale, CA – The ANCA-WR will acclaim Terry George, the award-winning film director and writer of “The Promise” film, with the prestigious ANCA-WR Arts and Letters Award at the 2017 Annual Gala Banquet on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. “By taking on such a monumental project of portraying the human story surrounding the Armenian Genocide on the big screen with the groundbreaking film, The Promise, Terry George and his team opened a door which has been closed to filmmakers for decades and set the groundwork enabling future films to tackle this tragic chapter of modern times head-on. As Armenians, we were so proud and so emotional to finally see our story in mainstream theaters screening to wider…
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ANCA-WR TAKES ROAD TRIP TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

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  Last weekend, members of the ANCA-WR Board of Directors and Staff took a Road Trip to Northern California to connect with local Armenian-American communities through multiple town meetings. Three separate events were held in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and Fresno, serving as valuable opportunities to meet with local ANCA leaders and community members to discuss the organization’s platform and priorities, incentivize local activism, sign up community members as Rapid Responders and Monthly Donors, and discuss issues of regional and national importance. The ANCA-WR delegation highlighted its internship program and grassroots development efforts, as well as the upcoming Grassroots Conference and Gala Banquet. Robust Q&A sessions and open discussions sharing participants’ concerns and suggestions followed. “This Road Trip was designed by the Board to meet our…
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ANCA-WR BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF ATTEND ASSYRIAN MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION

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North Hollywood, CA – The Assyrian American Association of America, in collaboration with the Assyrian Genocide (Seyfo) Research Center, hosted a memorial event at their community center in North Hollywood, CA on August 7, 2017 to commemorate Assyrian Martyrs’ Day. Speakers included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, California State Senator Scott Wilk, California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson, and ANCA-WR Chairwoman Nora Hovsepian, among others. The ANCA-WR Board of Directors, staff and interns were present to show solidarity with the Assyrian community. Assyrian Martyrs’ Day is commemorated annually on August 7, which marks the beginning of the Simele massacre of Assyrians by the armed forces of the Kingdom of Iraq in 1933. However, the day has…
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