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

Riverside-area ANC Activist Thanks Congressman Calvert for Steadfast Support of Armenian Genocide Legislation

Riverside, CA – On August 15th, Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR) Community Relations Director Haig Hovsepian joined Inland Empire ANC activist Ana Boyadjian to meet with Nathan Miller, District Representative for Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA-44) at the Congressman’s Riverside district office. Boyadjian and Hovsepian updated Miller regarding the status of H. Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, as well as the Riverside area Armenian community.

Boyadjian expressed the community’s appreciation for Calvert’s continued leadership as an early and steadfast cosponsor of the resolution. Hovsepian noted that as a California Republican, Calvert’s support of H. Res. 106 sent a strong message to his colleagues that this measure enjoyed broad bipartisan support in Congress.

This past January, Boyajian worked with the ANC-WR office to organize a letter writing campaign to Congressman Calvert regarding the resolution. During the course of the campaign she collected over one hundred letters in which constituents expressed their support of the resolution. Due to the successful campaign, Calvert joined over 150 of his colleagues at that time as an original cosponsor to the resolution.

Boyadjian also discussed the latest developments with the local Armenian community including the local Armenian school. She urged the Congressman to join the community for upcoming Armenian community events, particularly those supporting the work of the school to help continue educating Inland Empire children about the richness of the Armenian cultural heritage.

“The ANC-WR is pleased to continue to work with Mrs. Boyadjian as we build this working relationship and open lines of communication with Congressman Calvert,” said Hovsepian. “The growing Armenian community here works diligently to keep the Armenian culture alive and ensure that it becomes a vibrant contribution to the communities of the Inland Empire.”

Congressman Ken Calvert represents the 44th District of Southern California which encompasses western Riverside County and parts of Orange County. Calvert is a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Resources Committee.

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: Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA-44).

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