ANCA San Gabriel Valley Activists Discuss Genocide Resolution with Rep. Joe Baca

Hovanes Gasparian, Jack Hadjinian, Joe Samuelian, Levon Kirakosian, Congressman Joe Baca, Nazareth Sadorian, Mike Minasian, Murad Minasian, Aron Petrosian, Raffi Hamparian.

MONTEBELLO, Calif—Local activists and community leaders representing the Armenian National Committee of America-San Gabriel Valley (ANCA-SGV) Chapter met last week with U.S. Representative Joe Baca (D-CA43) to discuss key community issues, including the Armenian Genocide resolution currently pending before the U.S. House of Representatives.

“We would like to thank Congressman Baca for his support of our issues in the past and applaud his commitment to take a more leadership role in the future,” stated Jack Hadjinian, a community activist and ANCA-SGV representative.

Rep. Joe Baca has served in Congress since winning a special election in 1999.  He represents the 43rd district of California, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, Ontario and San Bernardino, as well as areas of Bloomington and Muscoy.  Rep. Baca serves on the House Agriculture Committee, and he is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Departmental Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry.

Congressman Baca has always been a champion for the under-served and under-privileged, using his leadership to help pass legislation for programs to feed over 38 million hungry Americans.  “I do it not only because it is just and the right thing to do, but also because I have been there,” said Rep. Baca, referring to his upbringing.

Rep. Baca was one of the original co-sponsors of H.R. 252 and stands firm in his support and commitment to H.R.252.  “For all the work that has been done to get us to where we are, we recognize how valuable it is to have a friend like Rep. Baca in Congress,” said Levon Kirakosian, Esq. who helped found the Armenian National Committee of America and its office in Washington D.C.

With strong bipartisan support, H.R. 252 calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record related to the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government in 1915.

The Armenian National Committee of America-San Gabriel Valley Chapter is a grassroots advocacy organization advancing issues of concern to the Armenian American community in the San Gabriel Valley, as well as promoting the community’s civic engagement at the local, state and federal levels.

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