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Congressman Charlie Crist Joins Armenian Caucus

Armenian Assembly Grassroots and Development Associate Mariam Khaloyan and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Working vigorously through the month of April, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) held 50 meetings with congressional offices discussing key issues of concern, including reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide, U.S. assistance to Armenia and Artsakh, as well as Christian and other minority communities at risk in the Middle East.

As a result of these efforts, the Assembly welcomed Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL), Steve King (R-IA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Steve Knight (R-CA) as the newest Members to join the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, bringing the total to 122 Members.

“I’m proud to join the Armenian Caucus, working in a bipartisan manner to strengthen the U.S.-Armenian relationship – a vital strategic partnership,” stated Rep. Crist.

After meeting with the Assembly, he co-signed this year’s letter to President Donald Trump to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. Last year, Congressman Crist co-signed a letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to arrest, prosecute, and jail members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail who attacked peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Crist is one of four Members of Congress from Florida who sit on the Armenian Caucus. He represents the 13th congressional district of Florida, on the Gulf Coast from Clearwater down to St. Petersburg, which is home to St. Hagop Armenian Church.

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103rd Armenian Genocide Anniversary Commemorations in Florida

South Florida

South Florida Armenian Genocide Exhibit Student Contest – Winners Announced April 24th – Cash Prizes – Click on Form Below for Details!

Tampa/St. Petersburg

“They Shall Not Perish” Film Screening

Tuesday, April 24th 7:00pm

St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park, FL invites local Armenians to Shahnasarian Hall for a movie screening of “They Shall Not Perish,” the story of the men and women who worked to save the Armenian people and other minorities in the wake of the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman government in Turkey. The film is one hour long.

Tampa Armenian Heritage Festival 2018

St. Hagop Armenian Church in Pinellas Park, FL will host their 2018 Armenian Heritage Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 12:00pm-7:00pm and Sunday, April 22 from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Please mark your calendars and tell your friends to save the dates to come and learn about Armenian history, culture, food and more.

St. Hagop Armenian Church is located at 7020 90th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

Call for Volunteers

St. Hagop needs YOUR help to prepare for the festivities and work together that weekend to make this a great success. Contact Louise (lyardumian@icloud.com) for more information, or to volunteer contact Stepan sserpe9181@aol.com.

Sponsorships

Festival Sponsorships can be made online by visiting: http://www.sthagopfl.org/product/festival-sponsorship/