The Armenian National Committee
of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian
American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination
with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout
the United States and affiliated organizations around the
world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian
American community on a broad range of issues.
The main goals of the ANCA are:
. To foster public awareness in support of a free, united
and independent Armenia
. To influence and guide United States policy on matters
of interest to the Armenian American community
. To represent the collective Armenian American viewpoint
on matters of public policy, while serving as liaison between
the Armenian community and elected public officials.
The ANCA is active in a number of areas and engages in a
wide variety of political and educational activities, including:
. Initiating legislation on issues of concern to the Armenian
American community such as increasing United States aid
levels to Armenia to promote economic and democratic development
. Participating in the American electoral process at the
federal, state, and local levels by educating elected officials
about Armenian American issues and providing Armenian-American
voters with up-to-date information about the positions of
candidates on Armenian-American issues.
The Armenian National Committee of Illinois (ANC-IL) in
Chicago, is a chapter of the Armenian National Committee
of America, and was founded in the year 1972.