Washington–DC–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) welcomed the newest member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–Representative Lois Capps (D-CA)–following a meeting with Santa Barbara activist and ANCA intern Viken Karapetian. Rep. Capps becomes the Caucus’ 120th member.
"After working closely with the Armenian American communities from Goleta and Isla Vista to San Luis Obispo throughout my years in Congress in commemorating the Armenian Genocide–I am excited to join the Armenian Caucus and work with members to answer the challenges facing Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh," explained Capps.
Congresswoman Capps serves on the Committee of Energy and the Subcommittees on Health; Commerce–Trade and Consumer Protection; and Environment and Hazardous Materials. She co-sponsored the Armenian Genocide resolution in 2000 and also signed a letter against selling Seahawk helicopters to Turkey. Capps–who is active with the Armenian Students Association at her alma mater UC Santa Barbara–signed a letter to President Bush earlier this year to urge him to characterize the atrocities of 1915 as Genocide.
"We are pleased to have Congresswoman Capps join the Armenian Caucus and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with her in advancing the special concerns of her Armenian American constituents. With her addition–the Armenian Caucus has another friend to help fight against the illegal blockades by Turkey and Azerbaijan and to bringing a lasting peace to Nagorno Karabakh," said ANCA Western Region Government Relations Director Ardashes Kassakhian.
Karapetian is interning in the ANCA Leo Sarkissian Internship program. Now in its 18th year–the program is an intensive six week program in the nation’s capital–geared to train youth leaders in promoting Armenian American concerns in their local communities.
With over 45 chapters across the country–the Armenian National Committee of America is the largest Armenian-American grassroots political organization.