PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Armenian National Committee of Pennsylvania, an extension of the ANCA Eastern Region’s grassroots chapters, led by ANC of PA co-chairs Karine Shamlian, Lorig Baronian, Nora Kzirian, Alidz Oshagan and Dr. Ara Chalian organized a successful grassroots advocacy campaign over the last year that played an instrumental role in keeping genocide-denier Dr. Mehmet Oz out of the United States Senate during the pivotal mid-term elections last week.
“On behalf of the ANC of Pennsylvania, I am so proud of our community who stood shoulder to shoulder with our coalition partners in putting an end to Oz’s campaign for US Senate. There is no room in Congress for a genocide denier, and I couldn’t be happier to think that the last year’s efforts paid off tenfold,” said Baronian.
Over the course of the last year, the team organized voter information sessions and protests and worked alongside coalition partners in the Assyrian, Greek, Jewish and Kurdish communities to call attention to Oz’s relationship with racist and hostile dictator Recep Erdogan and his role as a foreign agent through his work with government owned and operated Turkish Airlines.
The advocacy efforts of the ANC of PA led to both local and national media attention on NBC News, Forbes and the Philadelphia Inquirer to name a few – which allowed the team to educate voters both Armenian and non-Armenian on the dangers Oz posed if elected. With an election that concerned voters not only in the Keystone State but across the region and nation, the grassroots advocacy team was able to stop the atrocities that would have ensued with an overt genocide denier in Congress.