April 13, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Haig Hovsepian
tel: (818) 500-1918

POWER INITIATIVE – 3rd Edition: ANCA-WR CONTINUES STRONG PUSH TO EXTEND OUTREACH TO WESTERN STATES

Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR) continues in its efforts to build and increase support for H. Res. 106 and S. Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolutions. Dubbed “Project Outreach Western Region – POWER”, the ANCA-WR office has been mobilizing ANC chapters and Armenian American communities throughout the western United States.

The two-week recess ending April 13, 2007 saw key cosponsorship gains in the form of Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA-52) who is the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA-08) who serves in a leadership role on the Committee for Homeland Security and is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

“The support of the offices of Rep. Hunter and Rep. Reichert demonstrates that recognition of the Armenian Genocide is a broad bipartisan effort,” stated ANCA-WR Executive Director Andrew Kzirian. “Additionally, it is interesting to note that the Turkish lobby’s exaggerations and empty threats of potential national security dangers – while clearly viewed as immoral gestures unbecoming of an ‘ally’ – are not even taken seriously,” he added.

“As the two week Congressional recess comes to a close today, we reflect on the advocacy efforts that have spread throughout the Western United States,” remarked Haig Hovsepian, Community Relations Director of the ANCA-WR. “We expect cosponsorship support to grow steadily until these resolutions are called to a vote in the United States Congress,” he added.

Stay tuned for the next POWER update.

The Armenian National Committee of America is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The Western Region of the United States.