▲ Դեպի վեր

lang.iso lang.iso lang.iso

HOT NEWS

Ameriabank Receives Two IFC Awards for Achievements in Trade-Finance Sector

Syrian Parliament recognizes Armenian Genocide

Macron congratulates Turkish historian for “denouncing Armenian Genocide denial”

Vartine Ohanian Becomes First Female Armenian Minister in Lebanon’s History

Azerbaijani singer refuses to share stage with Armenian opera singer at Dresden Opera Ball

The US Embassy in Armenia donated firefighting equipment to the Ministry of Emergency Situations

Nikol Pashinyan welcomes Presidents of Iran and US from the peak of Artanish (2461m)

Information that Pashinyan has congratulated the Tramp on the military operation in Baghdad is FAKE

Cool music, a lot of new cocktails, and tangerine. New Year in Jean Paul

Պետական ​​կրթաթոշակ ՝ Սիլիկոնյան հովտում սովորելու համար

SAS Group’s holiday surprise for Orran children

Senator Menendez cried out in thanksgiving for the Genocide Resolution

US Senate recognizes the Armenian Genocide

Weightlifting Championship in Israel. Armenian-Turkish scandal

Artsakh people's security not subject to compromise. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

PM's wife made a post on FB page inviting Aliyeva to Artsakh and insisting her invitation is serious

The dream of listening to Mugham will remain unfulfilled. Anna Hakobyan invites Mehriban. . .

€ 23 million for consulting and € 10 million for the private sector

Indian media: Gangster named Budda deported from Armenia

AI powered websites just in few minutes? - Now it’s reality.

Pashinyan Explains to Azerbaijani Journalist Why He Said "Artsakh is Armenia and End"

Two Armenian Catholic priests shot dead by terrorists in Syria

Azerbaijan Man Arrested For Listening To Armenian Music

House overwhelmingly approves resolution recognizing Armenian genocide

This is a vote I've been waiting for for 19 years. Adam Schiff was touched during the talk

Ararat Mirzoyan's speech at the PACE European Conference of Speakers of Parliaments

Speech by Anna Hakobyan at the "Education for All" conference

Tigran Avinyan: the campaign against Amulsar was organized and financed

Aurora Prize Laureates had lunch with children of Orran and UWC Dilijan students

Aurora has become our Nobel Peace Prize. Nikol Pashinyan

Yerevan is older than Rome: Armenian pilot tells passengers of airplane flying to Italy

Armenian lavash on CNN’s list of World’s best breads

Irish Ryanair announces flights from Armenia from 2020

President Sargsyan received the participants of the AGBU "The Stone" program

10 million trees will be planted in Armenia on the 10/10 of 2020. Nikol Pashinyan

Speech by Ararat Mirzoyan at the 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Yerevan included in Booking.com’s Top 10 Trending Destinations for 2020

Cher reminds of Armenian Genocide amid Turkey’s Syria assault

Kim Kardashian Baptized in Armenia's Etchmiadzin: Christian Name Heghine

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian visit Armenian President Armen Sarkissian for dinner at the palace․DailyMail

Dudelange vs Qarabag suspended after drone carrying Nagorno-Karabakh flag flies over pitch

Pashinyan meets Putin

Armenian, Singapore PMs discuss broad range of issues on bilateral relations

Nikol Pashinyan's speech at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly

Armenia’s PM Nikol Pashinyan attends reception hosted by Donald Trump

Netanyahu reminds Erdogan of awful massacre of the Armenian people

Film on Armenia’s Velvet Revolution takes runner-up award at Toronto Festival

Mkhitaryan's debut goal at Roma

Top 5 of Project LA songs by views on Youtube channel during the last 30 days

Kim Kardashian West to Visit Armenia and Participate in WCIT 2019

Americana Executives and ANCA Meet To Resolve a Contentious Relationship

 

By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com
 
Representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America and senior executives of Americana shopping mall in Glendale met on September 5 and agreed to put their future relationship on a better footing.
 
This was the first meeting in more than a dozen years between the two groups, precipitated by the refusal of Americana to provide paid advertising space on its billboard for “Architects of Denial,” an Armenian Genocide documentary. The producers of the documentary were told by Americana that the subject was “too political.” This was a puzzling and irritating response since Americana had seen neither the documentary nor the text of the display ad that was being rejected simply because it was about the Armenian Genocide.
 
After several attempts asking Americana officials to explain the true reason for rejecting the display ad, they became even more adamant in their refusal. The most insensitive sentence in one of their emails to the documentary producers was that Americana had received comments on this controversy “ranging from the Armenian community and the Turkish Consulate.” This highly offensive statement was equating the voices of descendants of the Armenian Genocide to that of a Turkish diplomat who represents a denialist autocratic regime whose predecessors had committed the Genocide!
 
To make matters worse, this was not the first time that Americana had taken a negative position on an Armenian Genocide-related issue. Three years ago, Americana officials had refused to allow three young Armenians who had leased a kiosk from Americana to sell T-shirts that carried texts related to the Armenian Genocide. After an outcry from the local Armenian community, Americana reversed its decision allowing the sale of the T-shirts. They called their initial decision “a misunderstanding.”
 
In a similar development last month, shortly before the Glendale Chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) had called a press conference on the public portion of Americana grounds to announce a boycott, Americana officials reversed themselves not only allowing the display ad for the documentary, but “at no cost to the producers.”
 
This was a positive first step. Americana’s owner, Rick Caruso, agreed to meet with the Armenian National Committee of America to discuss how to improve relations between the local community and the shopping mall.
 
Mr. Caruso attended the Sept. 5 meeting along with Americana’s Executive Vice President of Operations Jackie Levy, Executive Vice President of Communications Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Community Relations Rick Lemmo and Senior Vice President of Planning, Government and Community Relations Sharon Keyser. The Armenian delegation consisted of ANCA-Glendale Chairman Artin Manoukian, ANCA Western Region Board Member Berdj Karapetian, ANCA Western Region Advisory Board Member Harut Sassounian, former ANCA Western Region Executive Director Elen Asatryan, and ANCA Glendale Community Outreach Director Margarita Baghdasaryan.
 
The Sept. 5 meeting proceeded in a cordial atmosphere. Mr. Caruso agreed to take concrete steps to improve the shopping mall’s relationship with the local Armenian community. Americana promised to form a special community relations team to focus exclusively on its partnership with Armenians.
 
“We are pleased that Mr. Caruso has agreed to work on initiatives to improve relations with the Armenian American community and regain our trust and confidence,” stated ANCA-Glendale Chairman Manoukian.
 
In his turn, Jackie Levy, Americana’s Executive Vice President of Operations announced: “We value the very productive meeting with ANCA-Glendale leadership and look forward to strengthening our relationship which includes continuing to celebrate our deep appreciation for the Armenian community. Establishing this new community relations team will ensure that our partnership will continue in a very meaningful way.”
 
Thus, a long-standing contentious relationship between Americana and the Glendale Armenian community is in the process of being resolved amicably. Mr. Caruso, the owner of Americana, was very gracious in his remarks at the meeting and spoke very positively about Armenians. In the coming months, there will be more contacts between the two sides to come up with plans to strengthen their cooperation so that the disputes are resolved through friendly discussions rather than resorting to protests and boycotts.
 
More than two dozen Armenians and non-Armenians appeared at the Glendale City Council meeting to complain about Americana’s initial rejection of the display ad. To their credit, all five Glendale City Council members, led by Mayor Vartan Gharpetian, supported the community’s demands and were present during ANCA’s press conference at Americana. Also supporting the Armenian community’s wishes was California State Senator Anthony Portantino who played a major role in helping to resolve the controversy and attended the ANCA press conference.
 
The resolution of this controversial issue indicates the importance of community participation and activism in matters that affect Armenian Americans.

By Harut Sassounian

Publisher, The California Courier

www.TheCaliforniaCourier.com

 

Representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America and senior executives of Americana shopping mall in Glendale met on September 5 and agreed to put their future relationship on a better footing.

 

This was the first meeting in more than a dozen years between the two groups, precipitated by the refusal of Americana to provide paid advertising space on its billboard for “Architects of Denial,” an Armenian Genocide documentary. The producers of the documentary were told by Americana that the subject was “too political.” This was a puzzling and irritating response since Americana had seen neither the documentary nor the text of the display ad that was being rejected simply because it was about the Armenian Genocide.

 

After several attempts asking Americana officials to explain the true reason for rejecting the display ad, they became even more adamant in their refusal. The most insensitive sentence in one of their emails to the documentary producers was that Americana had received comments on this controversy “ranging from the Armenian community and the Turkish Consulate.” This highly offensive statement was equating the voices of descendants of the Armenian Genocide to that of a Turkish diplomat who represents a denialist autocratic regime whose predecessors had committed the Genocide!

 

To make matters worse, this was not the first time that Americana had taken a negative position on an Armenian Genocide-related issue. Three years ago, Americana officials had refused to allow three young Armenians who had leased a kiosk from Americana to sell T-shirts that carried texts related to the Armenian Genocide. After an outcry from the local Armenian community, Americana reversed its decision allowing the sale of the T-shirts. They called their initial decision “a misunderstanding.”

 

In a similar development last month, shortly before the Glendale Chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) had called a press conference on the public portion of Americana grounds to announce a boycott, Americana officials reversed themselves not only allowing the display ad for the documentary, but “at no cost to the producers.”

 

This was a positive first step. Americana’s owner, Rick Caruso, agreed to meet with the Armenian National Committee of America to discuss how to improve relations between the local community and the shopping mall.

 

Mr. Caruso attended the Sept. 5 meeting along with Americana’s Executive Vice President of Operations Jackie Levy, Executive Vice President of Communications Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Community Relations Rick Lemmo and Senior Vice President of Planning, Government and Community Relations Sharon Keyser. The Armenian delegation consisted of ANCA-Glendale Chairman Artin Manoukian, ANCA Western Region Board Member Berdj Karapetian, ANCA Western Region Advisory Board Member Harut Sassounian, former ANCA Western Region Executive Director Elen Asatryan, and ANCA Glendale Community Outreach Director Margarita Baghdasaryan.

 

The Sept. 5 meeting proceeded in a cordial atmosphere. Mr. Caruso agreed to take concrete steps to improve the shopping mall’s relationship with the local Armenian community. Americana promised to form a special community relations team to focus exclusively on its partnership with Armenians.

 

“We are pleased that Mr. Caruso has agreed to work on initiatives to improve relations with the Armenian American community and regain our trust and confidence,” stated ANCA-Glendale Chairman Manoukian.

 

In his turn, Jackie Levy, Americana’s Executive Vice President of Operations announced: “We value the very productive meeting with ANCA-Glendale leadership and look forward to strengthening our relationship which includes continuing to celebrate our deep appreciation for the Armenian community. Establishing this new community relations team will ensure that our partnership will continue in a very meaningful way.”

 

Thus, a long-standing contentious relationship between Americana and the Glendale Armenian community is in the process of being resolved amicably. Mr. Caruso, the owner of Americana, was very gracious in his remarks at the meeting and spoke very positively about Armenians. In the coming months, there will be more contacts between the two sides to come up with plans to strengthen their cooperation so that the disputes are resolved through friendly discussions rather than resorting to protests and boycotts.

 

More than two dozen Armenians and non-Armenians appeared at the Glendale City Council meeting to complain about Americana’s initial rejection of the display ad. To their credit, all five Glendale City Council members, led by Mayor Vartan Gharpetian, supported the community’s demands and were present during ANCA’s press conference at Americana. Also supporting the Armenian community’s wishes was California State Senator Anthony Portantino who played a major role in helping to resolve the controversy and attended the ANCA press conference.

 

The resolution of this controversial issue indicates the importance of community participation and activism in matters that affect Armenian Americans.

 

Կայքում տեղ գտած մտքերն ու տեսակետները հեղինակի սեփականությունն են և կարող են չհամընկնել Asekose.am-ի խմբագրության տեսակետների հետ: Նյութերի ներքո` վիրավորական ցանկացած արտահայտություն կհեռացվի կայքից:
Politics more