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Longtime ARF, ANC Leader Richard Darmanian Passes Away

FRESNO–Longtime community activist and the founder of the Armenian National Committee of Fresno Richard Darmanian died Tuesday. He was 81. Darmanian was a member of Fresno’s Armenian Revolutionary Federation Soghomon Tehlirian chapter for more than 60 years. He also served on the ARF Western US Central Committee. In 1984 he opened the Armenian National Committee

Speaker Karen Bass Affirms Support of ANC at Inaugural Ceremony

LOS ANGELES–Thousands of people gathered at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College on Friday to take part in the Inaugural Ceremony of California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Several members of the Armenian National Committee’s Western Region attended at the Speaker’s invitation to witness the historic event as Bass became the first ever African American woman

ANCA Launches Nationwide Campaign to End US Genocide Denial

LOS ANGELES–Scores of high school students and faculty lined up in the gymnasium of Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School Tuesday to sign postcards being sent by the Armenian National Committee of America to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), urging the influential member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ensure that a Genocide denier does

Mayor Villaraigosa’s Campaign Manager Engages AYF Youth

GLENDALE–More than 30 members of the Armenian Youth Federation were present at the fourth public policy forum organized by the Armenian National Committee – Western Region (ANC-WR) on May 21, 2008. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s re-election campaign manager, Areen Ibran’ssian, was invited to speak to the attendees regarding his experiences within public service and

Costa Calls on New Nominee to Answer Questions on Genocide

WASHINGTON–Congressman Jim Costa, a long time friend of the Armenian American Community, sent a letter last Thursday to Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch, the new ambassadorial nominee of the United States to the Republic of Armenia, requesting her to answer questions regarding her views and opinions about the Armenian Genocide of 1915. "It is important that

ANC-WR Intern Spotlight: Christine Semerdjian

LOS ANGELES–As one of three Interns for the Armenian National Committee – Western Region’s Spring 2008 Internship – Externship Program (ANC-WR IEP), Christine Semerdjian has immersed herself in the dynamic and fast-paced world of Hai Tahd. As a Community and Government Affairs intern, Semerdjian has been actively organizing a voter registration drive along with the

ANC-WR Holds Annual Federal Town Hall Meeting

LOS ANGELES–More than fifty members of the Armenian American Community gathered at the Universal Sheraton Saturday to take part in an Annual Federal Issues Town Hall Briefing organized by the Armenian National Committee-Western Region. The informative session, which focused on major Armenian issues pending in the second session of the 110th Congress featured presentations by

Mayor Villaraigosa Commemorates Armenian Genocide with Armenian American Community

LOS ANGELES–April 24, 2008 marked the 93rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Several events took place on this solemn day and were attended by elected officials, dignitaries and members of the Armenian American Community. The community gathered at the Armenian Genocide Monument in Montebello in the morning and continued the commemoration until the evening at