Rohrabacher Calls Erdogan a ‘Tyrant and Radical Islamist’ in Meeting with ANCA OC Leaders

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Huntington Beach, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America – Orange County Chapter (ANCA-OC) commended Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for his principled leadership in calling national attention and securing broad bi-partisan condemnation of the May 16th brutal beating of peaceful protesters by Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s security forces in Washington, DC.   During a June 16th meeting, Rep. Rohrabacher, who serves as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, told ANCA-OC members that, “The government of Turkey is proving itself to be not just a threat to Armenians, but a threat to freedom loving people everywhere. President Erdogan is a tyrant and radical Islamist. It’s time for the United States to give serious consideration to adjusting our priorities and alliances…
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ANCA-WR Statement on Funding for the Armenian American Museum and Statewide Genocide Education

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 GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region issued a statement Thursday praising California Legislators for their efforts in securing funding for the Armenian American Museum and statewide Genocide education. Below is the text of that statement: On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the California State Legislature adopted a budget with considerable attention given to the Armenian-American community. The Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) is very grateful to each and every California State Assemblymember and Senator who worked so hard to negotiate and to pass today’s State budget which includes significant funding of $10 million for the implementation of the Genocide education curriculum framework and a total of $4 million for the Armenian American Museum. The ANCA-WR is especially thankful to Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian…
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California Senate Select Committee Voices Support for LAX-Yerevan Direct Flights

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Sacramento, CA. – On June 6, 2017, California State Senator Anthony Portantino submitted a letter to Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) supporting direct LAX-Yerevan (EVN) Flights on behalf of the Senate Select Committee on California – Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange. The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) and LAWA have been recently engaging in promising dialogue regarding the establishment of direct flights between the two cities. “We welcome Senator Portantino’s pro-active leadership and thank all of those who joined in this bipartisan expression of support for the ANCA’s dialogue with LAWA about establishing direct LAX to Yerevan flights” stated Nora Hovsepian, ANCA-WR Chair. “These direct flights will promote tourism, business travel, commerce, and…
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CA State Assembly Votes to Divest from Turkey

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— ANCA-WR and AYF-WR Welcome Passage of Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian’s Measure (AB 1597); Expand Efforts to Secure CA Senate Passage SACRAMENTO, CA — With overwhelming bipartisan support, the California State Assembly adopted Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian’s measure (AB 1597) – a movement long championed by the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR) and Armenian Youth Federation Western Region (AYF-WR) – calling for the divestment of California public funds from Turkish government controlled financial instruments, ensuring taxpayer funds are no longer used in this manner to aid and abet Turkey’s century long obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide. “I am humbled and grateful for my colleagues in the Assembly for joining with me to fight for justice for the 1.5 million Armenian souls who…
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Elizabeth Gourjian and Jacklin Boyadjian, J.D. to Co-Chair the 2017 ANCA-WR Annual Gala Banquet

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GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region announced that Jacklin Boyadjian and Elizabeth Gourjian will co-chair the organization’s Annual Gala Banquet set to take place on Sunday, October 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Elizabeth Gourjian is a native of Beirut, Lebanon and has lived in Los Angeles, California since 1987.  Since 2007, Elizabeth has been employed by GfK, the fourth largest research marketing firm in the U.S. and Internationally, and works directly with the top entertainment studios providing consulting services and tracking international sales data.  Her bicultural background and focus on community has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leaderships roles.  Elizabeth received her dual bachelor’s degree from California State University,  Northridge in Journalism with…
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ANCA-WR Congratulates and Commends Candidates in LA Municipal Elections

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LOS ANGELES, CA–The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) congratulates Gil Cedillo, Monica Rodriguez, Nick Melvoin, and Kelly Gonez on their election victories during Tuesday’s LA General Election, commends Karo Torossian, Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla for a hard fought election campaign, and praises the Armenian American community for an unprecedented level of activism in the LA General electoral contests held on May 16th. Though results are not yet officially sealed by the clerk, the outcome of the election results is  not likely to change based on the number of provisional ballots yet to be counted. Commenting on the outcome of the election, ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian noted “While we would have liked to see a different outcome having endorsed candidates with…
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Texas Becomes 46th U.S. State to Recognize Armenian Genocide

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Austin, TX — The Texas House of Representatives passed House Resolution 191, titled “Recognizing the Armenian genocide,” today, thus making The Lone Star State the 46th state in the USA to officially classify and commemorate the 1915-1923 annihilation of Ottoman Turkey’s indigenous Christian Armenian community as genocide. “We are grateful to the Texas House of Representatives for standing on the right side of history by making their dynamic state the latest member of our Union to unequivocally and vociferously honor the memory of the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide despite overwhelming Turkish opposition,” remarked ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian. “This incredible victory, which achieves universal recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the WesternRegion’s 19 states, was possible because of the outstanding unity and activism…
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ANCA-WR and Local Chapters Endorse Gil Cedillo For City Council

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Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) along with its Hollywood and San Gabriel Valley local chapters have announced their joint endorsement of Gil Cedillo in his re-election race for Los Angeles City Council, District 1. “The decision to endorse Gil Ceddilo was made after representatives from the ANCA Western Region, Hollywood and San Gabriel chapters reviewed his record of advocacy for the Armenian American community and met with the council member to discuss issues important to our respective communities” remarked ANCA-WR Chairperson Nora Hovsepian. Councilmember Cedillo stated, “I am honored to receive the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region’s endorsement. I look forward to continue working with ANCA on issues that are important to the…
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Colorado ANCA-WR Advocacy Day Participants Educate State Lawmakers on Armenian American Issues; Join Them for 15th Annual Genocide Resolution

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Click Here for Photo Album Just days after the Texas committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs heard a resolution on the Armenian Genocide, and hundreds gathered at the Colorado Capitol Khachkar to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Genocide, on Wednesday, April 26, the Colorado State Legislature unanimously passed joint resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide and calling on the federal government to do the same.  All the while, led by ANCA-WR executive director Elen Asatryan, board member Sako Berberian, and Denver-based community development coordinator Simon Maghakyan, community members young and old from across the Centennial state started the day with early morning meetings with CO Senate President and Senate President Pro-Tempore to discuss Armenian-American priorities during the 2017 ANCA-WR Advocacy Day.  After a moving…
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Wyoming Becomes 45th US State to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

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Cheyenne, WY — In a letter dated April 21, 2017 and addressed to the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR), Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead has recognized the Armenian Genocide and praised the work of Armenian American grassroots. “The atrocities of both the Armenian and Jewish Holocausts were unimaginable,” reads Governor Mead’s letter, “but it is important for all to remember – history must not repeat itself.” The letter also recalls a meeting with senior ANCA-WR staff earlier this year, when Executive Director Elen Asatryan and Community Development Coordinator Simon Maghakyan visited Cheyenne, adding that “The work of the Armenian National Committee is inspiring.” Referencing the upcoming April 23 commemoration in Denver, Governor Mead concludes his letter with, “My thoughts are with you…
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