Over 200 Armenian Heritage Cruise Guests Attend ANCA-ER Presentation

Date: January 29, 2008
Armenian National Committee of America
Eastern Region
122 W. 27th St., Floor 12
New York, NY 10001
Contact: Karine Birazian
Tel: 917-428-1918


Western Caribbean- Despite time changes and the beautiful sunny
weather, over 200 Armenian Heritage Cruise attendees, including
Ambassador John and Donna Evans were present at the 3rd annual ANCA
Eastern Region lecture entitled A Year of Firsts: Reflecting on
2007 and Future Hai Tahd Activities. The lecture, presented by
ANCA ER Executive Director Karine Birazian, helped to educate
participants on the current issues the ANCA is working on as well
as exploring future Hai Tahd activities

"It is always a wonderful opportunity to update interested
activists on Armenian issues. This past year I met people from all
over the world that commended the great work that the Armenian
National Committee does," commented Birazian.

During the 90 minute presentation, Birazian highlighted activities
during 2007 including the withdrawal of Ambassador Hoagland’s
nomination, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, updates on the Anti-
Defamation League (ADL), further advancements with our lobbying
efforts in Washington, DC, as well as recapping the ANCA Eastern
Region’s first annual banquet held in New York City. Participants
were also shown the effectiveness of the initiatives taken on by
the ANCA and how to further their involvement with the

Following the lecture, Birazian was joined by ANC Western Region
Executive Director Antranig Kzirian and ANCA Legislative Director
Raffi Karakashian for questions and answers. Karakashian also had
letters for activists to sign as well as passed around a recent
copy of media articles organized by the ANCA, which was distributed
to every Member of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Following the lecture, ANC of PA activists Phil Nigon commented: "
I found the lecture to be very informative and well organized. It
helped me gain a tighter grip on what the ANCA is currently doing
as well as the status of H. Res 106 and the plans for 2008."

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

Photo Captions:
Photo 1: ANCA ER Executive Director Karine Birazian presenting to
the crowd

Photo 2: Left to Right: ANC WR Executive Director Antranig Kzirian
Esq., ANCA Legislative Director Raffi Karakashian Esq., and ANCA ER
Executive Director Karine Birazian during the question and answer period