LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee of South Bay hosted a community issues briefing last Thursday at the South Bay Armenian Center in Lomita, CA.
Nearly 30 members of the South Bay Armenian Community attended the meeting which focused on several current developmen’s within the ANC including a local, state and federal issues briefing, House Resolution 106, US foreign aid to Armenia, ongoing outreach to the state legislature and the upcoming advocacy week in Washington, DC from March 12-14.
Speakers, Haig Hovsepian, ANC-WR Community Relations Director, and Shant Baboujian, ANC South Bay Chairman, emphasized the importance of active involvement of members of the Armenian community with respect to increasing their involvement in public service as well as voting in the upcoming presidential elections. Rolling Hills Estates Mayor, Frank Zerunyan, who was present at the meeting, also stressed the significance of Armenian American community engagement.
"This was a great opportunity to keep our South Bay Armenian community informed of the latest developmen’s on issues of concern to them," said Hovsepian. "More importantly, we had the chance to see activists connecting with one another, raising issues and concerns, and motivating one another to increase our presence in the public sphere and serving the community at large."
Also present at the town hall meeting were former ANC-WR intern Taleen Mardirossian and local community activist Azniv Goenjian who traveled to Washington, D.C. in October 2007 to advocate Armenian American issues with the ANC.
ANC-WR will continue its outreach program throughout the western United States to keep Armenian Americans informed regarding current programs and developmen’s.
ANC of South Bay Los Angeles advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.