Armenians for Kerry’ House Parties Across The Nation

WASHINGTON–DC–Grassroots "Armenia’s for Kerry" committees joined over 1,100 homes nationwide in organizing events for the National John Kerry House Party Day on June 26. The events constituted one of the largest coordinated grassroots fundraising efforts for a presidential candidate in American history.

"Armenia’s for Kerry" hosted seven house parties in communities large and small across the United States–Arizona–California–Idaho–Massachusetts–Nevada–and New Jersey. Each of the house parties was able to go onto a conference call with Kerry who described his vision for the future of America.

Previously–Armenian Democrats and supporters had joined together in Arlington–Virginia for a House Party in May–bringing together activists from the Northern Virginia–Washington–DC–and Southern Maryland. Kerry for President Ethnic Outreach Coordinator George Kivork offered remarks at the Virginia gathering.

Fundraising at these events was coordinate through the Armenia’ website that tracks and credits donations to the Kerry campaign from Armenian American contributors.

"I was excited to see the high turnout at our House Party and am increasingly encouraged by the growing Armenian interest in the Kerry campaign by Democrats–Independents–and even Republicans," said New England "Armenia’s for Kerry" coordinator Sevag Arzoumanian. "When Armenian American voters take a moment to contrast the Bush Administration’s terrible record with Senator Kerry’s twenty-year track record of fighting for Armenian American issues–they see that their choice is clear. Armenian Americans will go to the polls in record numbers this November 2nd to help elect John Kerry as our next President."

In Watertown–Massachusetts–the Greater Boston "Armenia’s for Kerry" committee hosted a casual yet informative event at the home of the Arzoumanian family. Sevag Arzoumanian and Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region Chairman Dikran Kaligian addressed the importance of supporting Kerry’s bid for the presidency–and the unprecedented opportunity his candidacy offers to advance Armenian American issues–and strengthen US-Armenia relations.

Guests had the opportunity to register to vote and to sign-up as volunteers for the John Kerry campaign. They were also told of upcoming events–including plans by New England "Armenia’s for Kerry" committees to hold "Armenstock" an Armenian music festival at Camp Haiastan in Franklin–MA on August 28.

Burbank Board of Education Vice President Paul Krekorian and his wife Tamar hosted the "Armenia’s for Kerry" House Party in Southern California. The reception featured Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ)–who spoke ardently about Kerry’s strong record on issues of concern to the Armenian American community.

"Here in California and across the country–Armenian Americans are standing up proudly today in support of John Kerry," explained Krekorian. "The extraordinary outpouring of grassroots support at events like these demonstrates that Armenian Americans clearly understand what is at stake in this election. We have a historic choice this November. Senator Kerry offers an unblemished pro-Armenian record and the prospect of the most pro-Armenian administration since Woodrow Wilson. The Bush-Cheney team–on the other hand–offers only the threat of four more years of unrelenting neglect of–and outright assault on–the issues–interests–and values that are most important to our nation’s citizens of Armenian heritage."

Guests at the "Armenia’s for Kerry" House Party in Ridgewood–New discussed the impact a Kerry election would have on Armenian Americans.

They reviewed Kerry’s long record of support on Armenian American issues and discussed his recent statemen’s on the Armenian Genocide and the 86th Anniversary of the founding of the First Armenian Republic.

"Armenia’s for Kerry" chapters across the US have also been meeting with local Kerry campaign leaders and coordinating participation in the campaign’s grassroots and get-out-the-vote activities. Some 20 chapters of "Armenia’s for Kerry" have already organized additional chapters that are in the formative stages.

For more information about "Armenia’s for Kerry" and Senator Kerry’s record on Armenian American issues–visit www.Armenia’

"Armenia’s for Kerry" works in partnership with the Armenian American Democratic Leadership Council (AADLC)–a long-standing ethnic council of the Democratic National Committee’s National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee. The AADLC actively fosters support within the Armenian American community for the Democratic Party and national Democratic office holders–while promoting the election of Armenian American Democrats to political office and encouraging participation by Armenian American Democrats at all levels of the public policy process.


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