Weekend of Activities to Focus on Social Networks, Grassroots Power and Smart Advocacy

May 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Armenian American community leaders and activists are invited to Washington, DC from June 24 to 27th for a national conference on new challenges and innovative opportunities for advancing the Armenian Cause.

The conference, hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the ANCA Endowment Fund, is titled: “Armenian Cause 2.0: Social Networks, Grassroots Power and Smart Advocacy.” It will feature an array of insider presentations, interactive and hands-on training sessions, networking opportunities, engaging social events, and visits to Capitol Hill.

“With our Armenian Cause 2.0 conference, we’re raising both our sights and our voices,” said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian. “As a grassroots group, our best investment is in our people. That’s why we are so eager for everyone – from veteran advocates to those just getting involved – to join with us as we explore how to use new advocacy tools and strategies to better mobilize our community and more effectively advance our Cause.”

The Aramian family of Providence, Rhode Island has provided generous support for the Armenian Cause 2.0 conference. This assistance, from the three Aramian sisters, Sue, Martha, and Margo, daughters of Armenian Genocide survivors, Kazar and Nevart Aramian, has made it possible for the ANCA to offer, at an affordable rate of only $150 (with a reduced rate of $75 for university students), a cutting edge conference and engaging networking events at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel – a prime location right on the National Mall, steps from the Smithsonian museums, and a short walk to the White House and U.S. Capitol

Training sessions, presentations, and workshops will cover community mobilization strategies, congressional advocacy campaigns, communications and media outreach, and advancing Armenian rights through the courts. The weekend’s educational schedule will be complemented by social and networking programming (included in the registration fee) that features:

— A welcoming reception with a skyline view of the White House and the monuments on the Washington Mall.

— A private guided tour and “Tea on the Terrace” garden reception in the home of President Woodrow Wilson, the signer of the Arbitral Award, and the location of the famous Armenian painting, L’Esperance.

— A catered evening dinner reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia.

— A group visit and photo on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, overlooking the reflecting pool, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.

— An evening cruise past the monuments along the Potomac River, with drinks and food.

To register for the program, visit:

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to book your hotel room at the special ANCA conference rate of $149/day plus tax.

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