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ANC-WR, Bay Area Activists Bring Armenian American Issues to California Republican Party Convention

SAN FRANCISCO–The Armenian National Committee-Western Region last month traveled to San Francisco to attend the California Republican Party’s (CRP) annual spring convention. ANC-WR Community Relations Director, Haig Hovsepian, led a group of local San Francisco Bay Area ANC activists as well as ANC-WR interns to the convention, which took place from February 22nd through the

ANCA Capital Gateway Program Welcomes New Participant, Salutes Achievemen’s of Program Alumni

WASHINGTON–Talar Shekherdimian, a native of La Crescenta, California, is the latest young Armenian American to travel to Washington for the Armenian National Committee of America’s Capital Gateway Program. In less than a week following her arrival in the nation’s capital, she successfully secured an internship with the office of California Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA-38), and

ANC-WR Welcomes Ani Garabedian to Regional Office

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee-Western Region this week welcomed community activist Ani Garabedian as its new Press Secretary. Garabedian recently relocated to Los Angeles from Toronto, Canada where she has been active within the Armenian community for several years. "We are excited to welcome Ani to our team," said ANC-WR Chairman Raffi Hamparian. "Ani brings

ANC-WR Continues Outreach Program to Armenian Schools

LOS ANGELES–Armenian National Committee-Western Region Community Relations Director Haig Hovsepian met Tuesday with over 100 11th and 12th grade students at Ferrahian Armenian High School in Encino, California as part of the ANC-WR’s ongoing outreach program. Hovsepian discussed the programs and activities of the ANC-WR, and informed the students about several programs within the ANC

ANC-WR Internship-Externship Program 2008 Spring Session Off to Strong Start

LOS ANGELES–In a short period of time, three Armenian American students are making an impact as participants in the Armenian National Committee-Western Region’s Internship-Externship Program. Lori Kechichian, Carina Khanjian, and Christine Semerdjian have joined the ANC-WR IEP for the 2008 Spring Session and have already started tackling several projects. A graduating senior from Ferrahian High

ANC-WR Visits Chamlian Armenian School to Discuss Javakhk Armenians

LOS ANGELES–Armenian National Committee-Western Region Executive Director Antranig Kzirian met with students from Chamlian Armenian School on February 7 to discuss the current political situation in Javakhk. Speaking to over 100 Chamlian students and teachers, Kzirian discussed what Armenia’s in Javakhk face on a daily basis, including difficulty finding jobs, language restrictions and oppressive governmental

ANC-WR Starts Off 2008 with Major Outreach to Student Groups

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee-Western Region continues to reach out to students throughout the western United States in the new year, presenting to nearly two dozen student groups and campuses in the past month. Since mid-January, ANC-WR Community Relations Director Haig Hovsepian has visited several campuses including CSU Northridge, CSU Pomona, Los Angeles Valley College,

ANC-WR Holds Town Hall Meetings with Local ANCs in Fresno, San Diego, Scotsdale

GLENDALE–As part of an outreach program throughout the western United States, members of the Armenian National Committee-Western Region traveled to Fresno, San Diego, and Scotsdale, Arizona to hold town hall meetings with local Armenian communities. ANC-WR Executive Director Andrew Kzirian and Community Relations Director Haig Hovsepian provided an issues briefing to a town hall meeting

Western Prelacy Hosts Reception for Elected Officials

LA CRESCENTA–The Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church hosted an open house and reception on Feb. 2 for Southern California elected under the auspices of Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and the Western Prelacy headquarters. The event was organized by the Western Prelacy Outreach Committee and the Armenian National Committee Western Region to familiarize

ANC Federal Town Hall Meeting Slated for April

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee – Western Region shall host a Federal Town Hall meeting on Saturday, April 5. The gathering will draw together Members of Congress and Armenian American community advocates to discuss major Armenian issues pending in the second session of the 110th Congress. The ANC-WR Federal Town Hall briefing will be held