BURBANK–Local community members from the Los Angeles area gathered this past Friday evening at Woodbury University to attend a town hall meeting featuring Armenian National Committee of America Chairman, Ken Hachikian. This event was hosted by the Burbank ANC in cooperation with several other Los Angeles area ANCs. College-age students to senior members of the community were joined by special guests including California State Assembly Member, Paul Krekorian, Glendale City Clerk, Ardashes Kassakhian, Glendale School Board Member, Greg Krikorian, Glendale Community College Professor, Dr. Levon Marashlian, and ANCA-WR Board Chairman, Raffi Hamparian. The Town Hall Meeting focused on the current congressional battle over Genocide recognition, the ramifications of the Hrant Dink assassination and the ANC-driven effort to prevent Genocide-denier Richard Hoagland from becoming U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. "This evening was a great opportunity for us to help connect the local community with its advocates in our nation’s capital," noted Dr. Arbi Ohanian, Chairman of the Burbank ANC. The current Armenian Genocide resolution (H.Res.106) is co-authored by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-29) who represents Burbank along with Glendale and Pasadena. The resolution calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide, and for other purposes. In addition to his focus on the Genocide resolution, Hachikian discussed the Armenian National Committee’s response to the assassination of Hrant Dink, a leading Istanbul-based Armenian journalist who was murdered outside the offices of his newspaper, Agos, amid a growing tide of official Turkish government prosecutions and nationalist pressure to silence his writings on the Armenian Genocide. Hachikian also addressed the importance of preventing Richard Hoagland, a diplomat whose denial of the Armenian Genocide, from becoming the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. Hoagland’s nomination has generated widespread Congressional opposition and Armenian American community outrage. "It was good to have Ken in Los Angeles this evening providing us with the perspective that comes from addressing these issues ‘on the ground’ in Washington, D.C.," remarked Marashlian.