Rep. Chu Joins ANCA-WR For October Meet & Greet

Rep. Judy Chu

PASADENA—The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region announced that Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32-D-El Monte) will be the featured guest at its October Meet and Greet Series event.  The reception is being hosted by long-time ANCA-WR supporters Levon and Silva Kirakosian at their Pasadena home on Sunday, October 30th at 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Congresswoman Chu, elected to the U.S House of Representatives in the 2009 special election to replace Hilda Solis who had been appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor by President Barack Obama.  Prior to serving in Congress, Chu was serving her first term on the California Board of Equalization after completing three terms as a member of the California State Assembly.  A strong supporter of Armenian American issues and an original co-sponsor of both House Resolution 304, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, as well as House Resolution 306, the Religious Freedoms and Return of Church Properties Resolution in the current, 112th Congress.

The event is part of the ongoing ANCA-WR Meet & Greet Series, where elected officials have the opportunity to discuss issues of significance to the Armenian American community and their constituents.  The Meet & Greet series highlights the significant civic engagement of the Armenian American community throughout the Western Region and the United States, in all aspects of local, state and national politics.

The ANCA-WR has hosted several successful Meet and Greet events in 2011, most recently with Assemblymembers Anthony Portantino and Katcho Achadjian as well as Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel.  Scores of community activists and leaders have supported the events, which underscore the integral relationship between constituents and their representatives.

Those interested in learning more about the ANCA-WR Meet and Greet Series, or hosting an event, should email


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  1. Norin Radd said:

    Yes che haskazta, bolor es yergiri azgere garoxatzan petakan antam entren kam Senate mech kam House mech, baytz menk hyeres der yevez nsdatz enk chor dashdi vra yev srantz kamakneren enk hampuyroom?

    Iskapes amote mez, shat amot, 10 millionat davar vochxranerek, miyayn drami masin ek metaztoom yev dra hamare vor misht pardatervatz ek vor urish azgere teknatzueri kamaknere hampuyrek. . . . .

    Perhaps it is time for the 11 million political groups that represent 10 million Armenians worldwide to actually sit down on one table and do something useful, the ARF being no exception. What’s say you, Armenians of the world? Is it time yet, or do we need the Armenian Genocide “part deux” in 2114 to convince us?

  2. Edward Demian said:

    Norin Jan, We have more than one problem. Traditionally, only a small proportion of the Armenian population is politically aware and or active. With 50 % of marriages being outside the community, that pool of people is ever shrinking. With Armenian schools being private, the cost of sending a child to Armenian school is prohibitive to most Armenians. Last I heard, there were 14,000 inmates in the California penal system with Armenian last names. Drug and alcohol abuse is a considerable scurge on the community. Who is left? Armenia is depending on the diaspora for financial support. That support is shrinking for all the above reasons. Armenia is discouraging diasporan participation either political or phisical. There is no immigration to speak of to Armenia or Artsack. Unfortunately, there is no experienced macroeconomic capital in Armenia. It seems that Armenia can’t make up its mind if they want to go with Democracy or Tirany. Communism or Capitalism. It does not matter that you call your country democratic, and free enterprise, when there are very few laws protecting private property. The laws and the beurocracy is much like it was during the Soviet times. Every move requires permission, approvals and bribes. If Armenia wants unity, and ecnomic development, it needs to emulate the Israeli example.