ANCA-WR Calls on Armenian Community to Rally for Karo Torossian & Steve Zimmer in May 16 LA Elections

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Los Angeles, CA – On Tuesday, March 7th voters took to the polls and placed ANCA-WR endorsed candidate and current LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer in first place in his re-election bid for the school board’s district 4 seat. “More than ever before the impact of the Armenian vote may tip the balance of the Board of Education. I have been proud to stand with the community for many years on the most important issues. We share values and we share a commitment to strong public schools. The endorsement of the ANCA Western Region means the world to me and solidifies our long standing relationship.  All of this is on the line in the May 16th general election and I ask the community to vote…
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‘ANCA in Your Neighborhood’ to Visit Phoenix on April 8

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Phoenix, AZ – On Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 1:30PM, the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) and ANCA Arizona will host the next ‘ANCA In Your Neighborhood’ Town Hall at the Armenian Center located at 13043 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. “We look forward to reconnecting with our community in Arizona to discuss ways in which we can translate the large Armenian American presence there into a vital player in the Grand Canyon State’s democratic process,” remarked ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian. “While Arizona’s Armenian American community has delivered great results, such as establishing an Armenian Genocide memorial on the grounds of their state capitol, there is a lot more work to be done, especially in light of the Azerbaijani dictatorship’s…
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Local Elections, Statewide Advocacy and Genocide Education Among Highlighted Topics at ANCA In Your Neighborhood Townhall in Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) held its latest ‘ANCA in Your Neighborhood’ town hall in Las Vegas on March 12, 2017 with its ANCA Nevada Chapter to discuss regional priorities, local issues, as well as register voters and plan upcoming activities. “The Las Vegas Armenian community has grown exponentially in recent years and is uniquely positioned to effect policy and election results on all level of government.  Working with our local chapter and activists, we look forward to amplifying our community’s collective voice in the state’s democratic process and encourage community members to get involved in the many activities planned for this year,” stated ANCA-WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan. Led by Asatryan, ANCA-WR board member Anahid…
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ANCA Nevada Endorses Stavros S. Anthony for Las Vegas City Ward 4

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Las Vegas, NV – Earlier today, ANCA Nevada announced the endorsement of Councilmember Stavros S. Anthony in his re-election bid for Las Vegas City Council Ward 4. “Councilmember Stavros has a proven track record of understanding and addressing issues important to the Armenian-American community and we are proud to endorse him in his re-election bid,” noted ANCA Nevada Co-Chairs Hera Armenian and Lenna Hovanessian. “Local elections are always determined by a small margin and our community’s vote will play a determining factor on who will represent us. We encourage our community to register and make our collective voice heard at the poll,” they added. “I am honored to be endorsed by the Armenian National Committee of American-Nevada Chapter. The Armenian community is a growing and…
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2017 Primary Elections Bring Sweeping Victories for ANCA-WR Endorsed Candidates

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LOS ANGELES – The Armenian-American community and the Armenian Cause emerged as a winner in the March 7th  Los Angeles primary elections with 100 percent of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region’s (ANCA-WR) endorsed candidates winning in their respective races for seats in various LA and surrounding city bodies.   “The ANCA-WR extends its congratulations to all our endorsed candidates on their well deserved victories,” stated ANCA-WR Chair Nora Hovsepian.  “As we move forward to ensure a high Armenian voter turnout in the General Elections, we also look forward to using this time to get to know additional candidates that did not qualify for an endorsement in the primaries and guide our community to bring our unified voice to the ballot box,”…
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‘ANCA in Your Neighborhood’ to Visit Las Vegas on March 12

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Las Vegas, NV – True to its grassroots, the Armenian National Committee America-Western Region (ANCA WR) will continue its road trip through the region, now with a stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Sunday, March 12, at 1:30PM, ANCA-WR and ANCA Nevada will host the next ‘ANCA In Your Neighborhood’ Town Hall at the St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of Las Vegas, located at 2054 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169. “We are excited to reconnect with our strong grassroots in Nevada to discuss both short-term and long-term goals for further empowering the Silver State’s vibrant Armenian American community,” remarked Elen Asatryan, ANCA-WR Executive Director. “Governor Sandoval’s recent cooperation with the brutal dictatorship of Azerbaijan, which entailed issuing a one-sided commemorative certificate is…
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California Senate Establishes Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange

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Sacramento, CA – Earlier today, the California State Senate Rules Committee established a historic Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange reported the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR). The select committee came at the request of State Senator Anthony J. Portantino and will serve to expand business opportunities through trade, economic development, cultural awareness and education between California, Armenia and Artsakh.  Portantino will Chair the committee. “The ANCA-WR welcomes this transformative undertaking by the California State Senate in establishing the nation’s first such committee related not only to Armenia, but to Artsakh as well,” exclaimed ANCA-WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan. “We extend our deep gratitude to Senator Portantino for spearheading this just three months…
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19 Exemplary Educators Recognized for Teaching the Armenian Genocide at ANCA-WR Award Luncheon

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Armenian Genocide Education Award Luncheon Posted by ANCA Western Region on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Click here for Photos Los Angeles, CA —On Saturday, February 25, an overflow crowd of more than 200 supporters, including local and state elected officials, and community leaders gathered at the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) Armenian Genocide Education Award Luncheon.  The event, held at Dream Palace Banquet Hall in Glendale, honored 19 public school educators for going above and beyond the call of duty to teach the Armenian Genocide. “Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to all those who made this memorable event such a success.  From our incredible and deserving teachers for their efforts and heartwarming messages to our dedicated Education Committee Chair, Alice Petrossian and…
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Coffee: A Cup of History

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By former ANCA-WR Intern:  Nayiri Partamian According to scholar Mark Pendergrast in Uncommon Grounds, a goatherd, Kaldi, discovered coffee in what is today Ethiopia, after his goats strangely reacted to the consumption of a coffee berry. The coffee bean was first discovered much before Armenians, Greeks, Bulgarians, and Arabs got their hands on this warm, liquid form of coffee. Before the Early Modern Ages, the Khat coffee plant in Ethiopia was boiled and used for waking during prayers (Pendergrast, 2010). Coffee was then domesticated in Yemen fifty years later before reaching the Ottoman Empire and even the Early Modern Ages in Europe. I had found myself in the right place, Vienna, Austria in the spring of 2015 when I was conducting my senior thesis on…
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First Karabian Fellowship Session Yields Successful Results

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Applications Being Accepted for Next Session Los Angeles, CA– Earlier today, the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region proudly announced that the inaugural year of its Walter and Laurel Karabian Fellowship has yielded even greater success than anticipated, as Anahit Sargsyan, the first Karabian fellow, has been hired by State Senator Anthony Portantino to work as a Legislative Assistant at his state capitol office. The news comes just a few months after the organization announced the selection of Sargsyan and 6 months prior to when the fellowship session was scheduled to conclude.  “I was pleased to host the first terrific Karabian Fellow who had the skills and the talent to earn a spot on our team, and we are excited to have her,”…
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