By: Joseph Kazazian
Every April, Armenians around the world mobilize their communities to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. However, for some of us, the Armenian cause is a 365 day operation. It takes planning, coordination, and meeting with activists and leaders across the political landscape. For three years now, I’ve been an activist for the ANCA-Western Region. That carries a lot of value for me, knowing that I serve at a capacity that protects the interests of the Armenian American community in the Western United States.
I don’t take my responsibilities lightly by any stretch of the imagination. Usually, that means hard work, late night meetings and countless hours of volunteering, not just by me, but countless number of activists who also double as successful attorneys, professionals, and leaders in the community. Aiding us are staffers who work around the clock with elected officials and civic leaders.
Advocacy Day was brought about by the Armenian National Committee of America- Western Region, in order to bring you, the citizen, a step closer to your elected official in Sacramento. It brings all the elements of the Armenian Cause together. Add up a dose of grassroots politics. Combine it with the people who are representing the interests of the community. Bring in the elected officials who represent their constituencies. With this, you have the best formula for success. However the key ingredient to Advocacy Day is YOU. Yes you, the citizen.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to witness the dynamics of the California State Legislature. Advocacy Day allows for you- the voter, the activist, the Californian- the opportunity to interact with other like-minded individuals like yourself. It gives you the sense of community and civic responsibility like no other.
Please join us, on April 6th and 7th for our 2014 annual ANCA-WR Advocacy Day. You will be in the State Legislature as both houses commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in the meetings with your legislators, and get a sense of why YOU are the most important part of a healthy democracy, and the most powerful entity in it- the citizen. We can’t do it without you.
For individuals/groups who are interested in participating from the Los Angeles area, bus transportation and lodging will be provided to and from Sacramento. The bus will depart on Sunday, April 6, 2014 and will return the following evening on Monday, April 7, 2014. For tickets, please visit http://www.itsmyseat.com/ancawr . Community members interested in participating that do not need transportation or lodging may register online at www.ancawr.org/registeradvocacyday. For more information about Advocacy Day, visit www.ancawr.org, email CAstate@ancawr.org or call (818) 500-1918.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.