1. The energetic and effective work of the Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region (ANCA-WR) is featured in this powerful 5 minute video that premiered at its annual banquet held on November 30, 2013.

    For more information about the ANCA-WR, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/ANCAWesternRegion or online at ancawr.org

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  2. WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2011) – New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pressed aggressively today for answers from the Obama Administration over its refusal to properly characterize the Armenian Genocide and, more specifically, regarding how forcing U.S. diplomats into such a “totally untenable” position on this human rights issue materially harms both U.S. interests and America's moral standing, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

    The Senator's powerful remarks and sharp inquiries came during his questioning at a hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee to consider the confirmation of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia nominee John Heffern. Mr. Heffern cited the killing of over 1.5 million Armenians at the end of the Ottoman Empire, but stopped short of properly referencing the crime as ‘genocide,’ arguing that “the characterization of those events is a policy decision that is made by the President of the United States and that policy is enunciated in his April 24 Remembrance Day statement.”

    Senator Menendez remarked “This is an inartful dance that we do. We have a State Department whose history is full of dispatches that cite the atrocities committed during this time. We have a convention that we sign on to as a signatory that clearly defines these acts as genocide. We have a historical knowledge of the facts that we accept would amount to genocide. But we are unwilling to reference it as genocide. And if we cannot accept the past, we cannot move forward. And so I find it very difficult to send diplomats of the United States to a country in which they will go – and I hope you will go, as some of your predecessors have – to a genocide commemoration and yet never be able to use the word genocide. It is much more than a question of a word. It is everything that signifies our commitment to saying ‘never again.’ And yet, we can’t even acknowledge this fact and we put diplomats in a position that is totally untenable.”

    “Once again, Senator Menendez has powerfully presented - for the White House, his Senate colleagues, and the American people - the mounting moral and material consequences of failing to forthrightly acknowledge the Armenian Genocide,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “We remain troubled that the Administration’s failure to speak truthfully and without equivocation about this crime only serves to undermine U.S. moral standing in the cause of genocide prevention, and, as today’s testimony so clearly illustrated, hinders our nation’s interests in, and any future ambassador's ability to fully realize the potential of the U.S-Armenia relationship.”

    Sen. Jean Shaheen (D-NH), who chaired the confirmation hearing, was joined by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) in asking Mr. Heffern a series of questions on democracy building efforts in Armenia. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) recounted the difficulties Armenian artists have had in receiving visas to perform in an international dance festival in Idaho and asked the nominee for help should they be refused entry to participate in the festival again next year. The ANCA had recently submitted an inquiry to the State Department about similar obstacles to the participation of Armenian child artists to obtain visas to attend an international children’s festival in Washington, DC, held last month.

    Senators are expected to submit follow up questions to Mr. Heffern in the upcoming days. The ANCA and Armenian American community will join Senators in carefully reviewing his responses.

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  3. Horizon 180's Manoug Seraydarian spoke with Orange County attorney Serge Tomassian about his efforts in the World Affairs Council to increase awareness about the crime of genocide, in general, and the Armenian Genocide in particular. In a 20 minute interview with Seraydarian, Tomassian discusses his family's history during the Armenian Genocide and the overarching principles of family, justice and history which have compelled him to action to end the cycle of genocide.

    The interview is in English with Armenian introductions and commentary interspersed.

    First Broadcast on Friday, September 10th on Horizon Armenian Television - horizonarmeniantv.com

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  4. Hollywood, CA. – On Thursday, May 27th, Mike Gatto, California 43rd Assembly District Democratic candidate for the June 8th runoff Special Election participated in a televised Town Hall organized by the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region (ANCA-WR).

    The one-hour forum, televised live from Horizon studios in Hollywood, offered a unique opportunity for the Armenian American constituents of the 43rd Assembly District to become more familiar with the candidate on a broad range of concerns to the local Armenian American community.

    A similar ANCA Tele-Townhall forum with Gatto's Republican opponent, Sunder Ramani, was broadcast on May 16th.

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  5. This week's 'ANCA on Horizon' segment features a skype interview with ANCA Executive Director on a recent meeting in Yerevan focusing on worldwide efforts to promote a stronger Armenia, independent Nagorno Karabagh and justice for the Armenian Genocide.

    In the second segment of the broadcast, Horizon's Paul Chaderjian spoke with Allen Yekikan and Liana Aghajanian about the future of journalism and new media, following a presentation they had done at Manoogian-Demirdjian High School encouraging students to consider media as a career path.

    In the third segment, Chaderjian spoke with the ARS' Dr. Nyree Derderian regarding the 100th anniversary of the Armenian humanitarian organization and the key social service and Armenian educational role they play in Southern California communities and around the world.

    ANCA on Horizon is broadcast weekly on Monday evenings at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT on Horizon Armenian Television. Horizon can be viewed on Charter Cable channel 285 in Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta and online at horizonarmeniantv.com .

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