September 29, 2008
Yerevan, Armenia – American citizens currently residing in Armenia, including members of the vibrant and growing community of Armenian Americans living and working in Armenia, have organized a local affiliate of Americans Abroad for Obama to help secure a victory this November for the Democratic Presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who have far outdone the competition in their championing of pro-American and pro-Armenian policy positions.
The grassroots effort, which is spearheaded by Armenian American Alex Sardar and a team of professionals working in Armenia, is facilitating the registration of eligible voters, educating the local electorate about the voting process, and working through the media and in one-on-one interactions to deliver a high voter turnout for the Obama-Biden campaign, including absentee ballot registration and follow up.
“We are pleased to do our part – here in Armenia – to help deliver an Obama-Biden victory,” said Americans for Obama – Armenia Group coordinator Alex Sardar. “In what promises to be a close race in which each and every vote will count, we are fighting hard for the ticket that clearly represents our values as Americans in our country’s foreign policy that must necessarily have at its core human rights and human dignity, as well as principles that will make us proud of a stronger and more substantive U.S.-Armenia relationship.”
“This new addition to the Armenians for Obama effort – beyond delivering vital votes for the Obama-Biden ticket, sends a very powerful signal about the priorities of those of our fellow Americans who live and work in Armenia, and see first hand the damage that the Bush-Cheney Administration has inflicted on U.S.-Armenia relations,” said Armenians for Obama Chairman Areen Ibranossian. “More than ever, we need change, not more of the same.”
The Yerevan-based group, which includes a core contingent of Democrats and independents and a growing number of “Republicans for Obama,” has held well-attended Registration Days, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday between September 23rd and October 4th at Square One Restaurant/Cafe in downtown Yerevan.
The Americans Abroad for Obama effort is also in cooperation with Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party organization for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.
Americans residing in Armenia can contact Americans Abroad for Obama at (077) BARACK (227225) or ObamaArmenia@gmail.com.