ORANGE COUNTY–The Armenian National Committee of Orange County has been active in Orange County for over 25 years and has assisted the ANCA in Washington, DC and ANCA-WR in Los Angeles to achieve a number of successes by securing the support of local, state and national representatives on issues of concern to the Armenian-American community.
Over the past year the ANC-OC has grown stronger, building new friendships with local, state and federal officials and generating even better ties with members of Orange County’s growing Armenian American community. Under the leadership of longtime community activist Lucy Der Yeghiaian, the ANC-OC has taken the initiative on a number of important issues and has:
– Raised political awareness among Orange County’s Armenian American community by educating individuals on different political races and strengthening ties with powerful officials like Sheriff Mike Corona and Supervisor Bill Campbell.
– United young Armenian Americans by hosting a series of mixers, including a successful event at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Guldjian.
– Educated the community on genocide issues by organizing a "Walk for Remembrance” in collaboration with St. Mary Apostolic Church and Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church which drew over 300 participants to mark the Armenian Genocide.
– Led the community in genocide awareness by hosting a town hall meeting with Carla Garapedian, Director of the award winning genocide awareness Screamers.
– Defended the Armenian community when Turkish Faculty Members at UCI and CSULB stated that the Armenian Genocide is a lie. The ANC-OC responded promptly by sending letters to the administration of UCI and CSULB regarding their faculty and the Universities’ position on the Armenian Genocide.
– Embraced new technology by maintaining a website – www.ancoc.org – to keep community members in Orange County abreast of the latest developmen’s when it comes to the Armenian Cause.
The ANC-OC has and continues to successfully focus on developing working relationships with elected officials, encouraging young Armenian-Americans to get involved in politics, educating the public about the Armenian Genocide, and creating a network for Armenian professionals. With a renewed commitment to "Hai Tad" and activism the ANC-OC is reaching out to the entire Armenian-American community to present a united front on important national and local issues. For more information or to get involved with the ANC-OC please visit www.ancoc.org.