October 1, 2008
GLENDALE, CA – Glendale area Armenians for Obama volunteers, working with the Obama campaign “sister-state” outreach efforts, shored up support for the Obama-Biden ticket in neighboring Nevada last Saturday – a critical piece of the 2008 electoral map in the race for the Presidency of the United States. Activists from throughout the 29th Congressional district met at the Armenian cultural center for a full day of phone-banking and campaign activities.
"Armenians for Obama volunteers have spent hours upon hours reaching out to voters in Nevada and other swing states making the case for Senator Obama. Working closely with the Obama campaign has not only allowed volunteers to get a real taste of presidential politics, but has also proven to be an effective training grounds for broader Armenian community engagement in the American political process," said Areen Ibranossian, Chair of Armenians for Obama.
After last Friday's Presidential debate at Ol' Miss, the race headed into its final 5 weeks with Barack Obama showing an increasing lead in national polling. As both candidates continue to make their case to the American people, Armenians for Obama volunteers have ramped up efforts in battleground states to ensure Armenian Americans understand the fundamental differences between the two presidential candidates.
"Senator Obama is the only candidate in the race to reach out to our community in a meaningful manner and to express his commitment to Armenian Genocide recognition, self-determination for the people of Nagorno-Karabagh, and aid to Armenia,” explained Ibranossian. “Senator McCain is opposed to all of those things, as we saw in his superficial statements released just this week. The choice for Armenian-Americans is clear: Barack Obama for President."
Obama for President campaign coordinators in the 29th Congressional District praised Armenian American participation in local efforts. "The Obama Campaign is about people from different backgrounds coming together and taking ownership of the campaign to create change that will benefit all Americans. We are happy to see so much community involvement, as the campaign is powered by grassroots volunteers" said Patrick O'Connor, Regional Field Organizer for the 29th Congressional District.
Armenian Americans interested in volunteering in the Glendale / Pasadena area, should contact the local volunteer coordinator Tania Sahakian at (818) 523-5140 or sign up on the Armenians for Obama Website "get involved" section.
Armenians for Obama is a nationwide voter registration, education, and mobilization effort dedicated to electing Barack Obama President. Based in Los Angeles, and with chapters and affiliates across the country, Armenians for Obama is harnessing the energy and enthusiasm for Barack Obama's candidacy to ensure record high Armenian American turnout in critical battleground states.