More than 500 gather for unprecedented weekend of engagement and empowerment
UNIVERSARL CITY, Calif.—An unprecedented more than 500 attended the Armenian National Committee – Western Region’s inaugural ANC Grassroots event over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, where experts, community members and activists gathered to chart a new course for advocacy of Armenian issues.
Attendees came from throughout the United States, and internationally. Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, New Jersey were among the states represented.
The immense success of ANC Grassroots emphasized the groundbreaking nature of the event and the excitement in the community about discussing the Armenian Cause and the different ways in which individuals can work toward its advancement.
“ANC Grassroots will continue beyond the weekend event. It became the spark, with which the community was empowered to activate and advocate for the interests of Armenian-Americans and the realization of the national aspirations of the Armenian people,” said Ara Khachatourian, chairman of the ANC Grassroots organizing committee.
The panels covered a broad range of topics, including film and the arts, homeland and Diaspora issues, transnational justice, stolen Armenian church properties, and human rights in Turkey.
These panels were accented by workshops that provided avenues by which attendees could get involved, including through participation in politics, the use of social and traditional media, education, and investment.
The response from attendees was very positive, as individuals were impressed with the breadth, organization, and professionalism of the whole weekend.
Asbarez will provide more detailed coverage of this event in coming days.