Rep. Chu Discusses Issues with Pasadena, Montebello Communities

Montebello community members flank Rep. Judy Chu

Congresswoman Judy Chu joins ANCA-WR for October 2011 Meet and Greet

PASADENA—The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region  welcomed Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32-D-El Monte) to the Pasadena home of longtime ANCA-WR supporters, Levon and Silva Kirakosian for the ANCA-WR “Meet and Greet Series” reception on October 30. More than 50 local ANCA activists and community leaders from the greater Montebello and Pasadena areas participated in event.

“It was great to see so many of our supporters from throughout the Congresswoman’s district.  The close-knit setting allowed our community to directly ask the Congresswoman about issues of most concern to us,” noted Viken Pakradouni, Chairman of the ANCA San Gabriel Valley Chapter.

During the course of the event, Congresswoman Chu reiterated her support for H.Res.304, the Armenian Genocide resolution currently in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She also shared her thoughts about H.Res.306, the religious freedoms and return of church properties resolution also currently in Congress.

Congresswoman Chu noted that she was an original co-sponsor of both resolutions and reassured the community that she would continue to work towards advancing these resolutions.

“Congresswoman Chu has demonstrated unwavering support on Armenian American issues and we look forward to her continued support in the future,” said Levon Kirakosian.

The Congresswoman also fielded questions from those in attendance.  Issues such as the small business climate as well as Armenian American involvement in public service were raised.  It was also noted that the Congresswoman’s new district encompasses Pasadena, giving her even more Armenian American constituents and a community that is highly engaged in the political process.

The ANCA-WR hosts an ongoing 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.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.


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