ANCA-WR Mobilizes Grassroots In Arizona

Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region
104 North Belmont Street, Suite 200
Glendale, California 91206
Phone: 818.500.1918 Fax: 818.246.7353
[email protected]


For Immediate Release: October 13, 2004
Contact: Armen Carapetian
(818) 500-1918


ANCA-WR Staff Meets With ANC Activists in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western
Region (ANCA-WR) continued to reach out to Armenian communities across
the Western United States by traveling to Phoenix, Arizona on the
weekend of 25-26.

ANCA-WR Executive Director Ardashes Kassakhian and Government Relations
Director Armen Carapetian met with ANC activists from the Arizona
Armenian community and briefed community members on the importance of
the upcoming November elections. Their visit to the Grand Canyon State
was highlighted by an ANC workshop they held with community leaders
and activists and their participation in various community events,
including a dance at the local church hall and a community picnic which
was attended by over one hundred Armenian Americans living in Arizona.

“The Armenian American community in Arizona is growing and prospering,”
commented Kassakhian after his two-day trip. “The increasing political
awareness of Armenian Americans in Arizona impressed us. Clearly,
the ANC of Arizona is going to play an important role in a state with
eight Members of the House and two very important U.S. Senators,”
Kassakhian added. ANCA-WR staff spent the weekend in Arizona and
collected signatures from community members for a petition addressed
to Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) who serves as the Chairman of
the influential Congressional Subcommittee on Foreign Operations
Appropriations. The petitions urged Congressman Kolbe to maintain
language in the Fiscal Year 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bill authored by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) which prohibits
Turkey from using any U.S. foreign aid money to lobby against official
U.S. acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide.

Over 100 signatures in support of the Kolbe petition were collected
at a community picnic which was organized and hosted by the Arizona
chapter of the Armenian Relief Society. At the gathering, ANCA-WR
Executive Director Ardashes Kassakhian gave the community a summary
of the priorities that the ANCA continues to work on in Washington, DC
and in the Western Region, including passage of a genocide resolution
and of a bill to provide normal trade relations between the United
States and Armenia.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest
and most influential Armenian American grassroots political
organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices,
chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated
organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns
of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

Editor’s Note: Photos available upon request


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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