LOS ANGELES– The Armenian National Committee Leadership Institute hosted on Sunday–December 8–a lively and informative discussion on Armenian-American political activism with speaker Aram Hamparian–Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Co-hosted by the ANC-Professional Network–the Armenian Youth Federation and the ARF Shant Student Association–the town hall gathering drew a large crowd of motivated activists.
Hamparian addressed issues related to Armenian-American activism–including the role that movies such as Atom Egoyan’s "Ararat" and popular music groups like System of A Down have in the overall efforts to raise public awareness about Armenian issues.
"I am pleased–but not surprised–that so many dedicated activists chose to attend an ANC Leadership Institute event early on a Sunday morning to hear Aram Hamparian’s message about the role activism plays in the ANCA’s national strategy to advance the Armenian Cause," commented ANCA-WR Chairman Steven J. Dadaian. "From listening to Aram–it is clear that the ANC’s grassroots efforts are expanding thanks to the vision and hard work of thousands of ANC volunteers and supporters here in California and nationwide," Dadaian added.
During his talk–the ANCA’s Executive Director highlighted the accomplishmen’s of the ANCA–Western and Eastern region offices and a network of local chapters–in advancing Armenian issues in the United States. Hamparian stressed that the success of the ANCA’s activities depends on the involvement of dedicated individuals–and encouraged everyone to do their part in promoting US reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide–increasing US foreign aid to Armenia and Artsakh and ensuring that the voice of the Armenian-American community is not ignored in Washington and State Capitals around the country.
During the discussion on political activism and grassroots mobilization–Hamparian emphasized the role that the Armenian-American community in California can play in upcoming Presidential elections–pointing out that the winner of the California Presidential primaries in 2004 will be perceived as the candidate to beat for Democratic and Republican Party nominations. The ANCA Executive Director urged Armenian-American voters in California to push candidates to address Armenian issues during the election process–then hold these same candidates accountable for their promises.
Individuals interested in receiving information about the ANC Leadership Institute should call the ANCA-WR offices at (818) 500 – 1918