PHILADELPHIA–Armenia’s for Obama have been gearing up throughout the State of Pennsylvania in preparation for the April 22 presidential primaries. Philadelphia grassroots activists have been working several hundred hours, registering voters, manning phones to call Pennsylvanians, and posting flyers and buttons to spread Senator Obama’s message of Hope. Armenian Americans and volunteers from all walks of life have kept the Philadelphia regional headquarters in downtown buzzing, reported the Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania.
"We are working to organize our activists in pursuit of helping presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, commented Ara Chalian, ANC of PA Chairman. "His strong record in office, best reflects the views and values of Armenian American voters." This past January, the ANCA endorsed Senator Obama, and since then activists around the nation have been active with his campaign. The campaign for the Democratic nomination for President has reached a critical point. Pennsylvania has been declared the key state for the Democratic Party candidates, and is one of the deciding factors in the Democratic nomination for president Enthusiastic and supportive Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) activists will be heading to the Philadelphia Obama Headquarters on April 9, 2008, in addition to regular daily support from an array of community members. AYF activists will phone bank in and out of the headquarters and canvass Philadelphia as well as their respective communities. ANC and AYF activist, Mikael Garabedian, has already spent over 60 hours volunteering. "It is a powerful experience working for Senator Obama’s campaign that stands for human rights and equality. The ANC of PA and AYF will continue to aid the campaign in any way they can now and beyond the critical Pennsylvania primary," commented Garabedian.
The community has been called to action by the ANC-PA and the AYF leaders to participate and play a leading role in aiding this campaign to a victory in the Keystone State on April 22nd. Almost 120,000 voters registered as new democrats within the past month alone and the drive has lead to over four million Pennsylvanians being registered as democrats in this major battleground state.
Community members who wish to volunteer should call or visit their local Obama campaign office. For more information on how to get involved, please contact ANC of PA Chairman Dr. Ara Chalian at (215)350-7602 or Mikael Garabedian at (610) 724-5327.