Bay Area Activists Share Input At ANCA Town Hall

ANCA's Chris Guldjian and Nora Hovsepian make presentation

SAN FRANCISCO—The Bay Area Armenian National Committee hosted Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region co-chairs Nora Hovsepian and Chris Guldjian at an ANCA Town Hall on Sunday at San Francisco’s Vasbouragan Hall.

The program included a short report on the ANCA’s latest efforts and a question and answer session, which provided grassroots activists and supporters an opportunity to ask questions and to voice their suggestions on how the ANCA can better serve the Armenian American community in advancing the Armenian Cause.

“As has been the case with the series of town halls we’ve held, this was another terrific opportunity for us to learn about our activists’ concerns and hear their suggestions for our work,” said Nora Hovsepian. “It was wonderful to hear so many thoughtful questions and ideas from members of a community that has accomplished so much for the betterment of our cause and culture,” she added.

Some of the participants at the town hall

Building on the long, proud tradition of town hall meetings in American democracy, the ANCA has been holding such meetings in communities throughout the Western United States in recent months. As a grassroots organization, the ANCA owes its success to the efforts of its individual activists. This includes not only their contributions of time, toil and treasure but also the considered opinions its activists and supporters.

“We’re thankful to everyone who participated in the town hall and to the ANCA-WR for providing an opportunity for individuals to gather and share their thoughts on issues concerning Hye Tahd,” said Bay Area ANC chair Armen Carapetian. “It was very helpful for our planning purposes to hear observations from individuals directly and to have the chance to interact with those who are not involved in our traditional working groups but do so much as individuals to the advance the Armenian Cause.”

To date, ANCA Town Halls have been held in Fresno, CA, Boise, ID, Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix, AZ. In the coming months, the ANCA looks forward to continuing to engage with activists at town hall meetings in communities across the country. Individuals or groups interested in co-hosting an ANCA Town Hall in their community are encouraged to contact the ANCA-WR office by calling (818) 500-1918.

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