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3/16/07

Resolution against the war on Iran at City Council of Portland and NowRuz celebration

Press Release by American Iranian Friendship Council

 

The Portland City Council will consider a resolution in support of friendship between Iran and the United States and in opposition of an escalation of the Iraq war into Iran on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 10:15 AM.

 

 

Persian New Year or NowRuz takes place at the exact moment of spring equinox, which this year will be at 5.07 PM on March 20. Persians, Azeris, Afghans, Kurds, Tajiks, Belouchis, and Parsis alike celebrate this pre-Islamic tradition, and there will be many NowRuz events in the Portland metropolitan area.

 

Unfortunately the date also marks the fourth anniversary of the war on Iraq and an increasing likelihood of military intervention in Iran. The City Council of Portland has recognized the high costs of a futile war by passing a resolution calling for gradual troop withdrawal from Iraq.

 

On Wednesday, March 21 at 10.15 AM, the Portland City Council will hear a resolution asking to support friendship between the people of the United States and Iran and opposing an escalation of war into Iran. The resolution will be introduced by Commissioner Erik Sten and is co-sponsored by Commissioner Randy Leonard.

 

There is a history of positive and fruitful relations between people of Iran and Portland, Oregon, which is home to many Iranians. This friendship is reflected in the works of Portland’s deceased historian and story teller Terrance O’Donnell. Many others have served in Iran as volunteers or participated in recent citizen to citizen delegations. Some of these friends of Iran and local Iranian immigrants have founded the American Iranian Friendship Council (AIFC). The Council has worked in collaboration with the city on the proposed resolution.

 

In addition to encouraging human to human relations between Iranians and Americans “to foster better understanding between the two nations and to embrace a spirit of diplomacy”, the proposed resolution states “that the City Council of Portland challenges the possibility of a new war in Iran, and urges the Congress of the United States to maintain pressure on the administration against both an escalation of troops within Iraq and a geographic expansion into Iran while continuing to call for a complete and immediate end to the war in the region;” and further indicates “that the City Council of Portland urges support for the Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 2007 (H. R. 770), prohibiting the use of funds for “any covert action for the purpose of causing regime change in Iran or to carry out any military action against Iran in the absence of an imminent threat, in accordance with international law;” “

 

Although there have been proclamations for Iranian New Years issued by mayors in the past, for the first time in Portland history NowRuz will be acknowledged by Mayor Potter in a city hall ceremony at noon, after the council hearing.

 

The NowRuz ceremony will include presentations by local Iranian musicians, Persian pastries and the traditional Iranian New Year’s display Haft Sin: a symbolic assembly of seven items starting with the Persian letter ‘s.’

 

We welcome the public to express our mutual desire for peace and to celebrate NowRuz with us.

 

American Iranian Friendship Council

PO Box 1235, Portland, OR 97207

503.523.7368, info@aifcpdx.org

 

Contacts: Gretchen Kafoury, Peace Corp in Iran 1964-66, AIFC Member (503) 725.2955

Goudarz Eghtedari, AIFC Member (503) 381.3696


 
RESOLUTION

 

Urges the federal government to seek positive diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States of America instead of escalating tensions

 

WHEREAS, President Bush has called for dual escalation of troops to increase their numbers inside Iraq and potentially to expand into Iran; and

 

WHEREAS, the Bush administration has expanded its concerns about Iran to include nuclear ambitions without showing any evidence that can be considered an imminent threat to the US security; and

 

WHEREAS, it has not been demonstrated that Iran has a nuclear weapon and has not verbally or actually threatened to attack the US; and

 

WHEREAS, the U.S., in threatening to use low yield nuclear weapons against Iran, is directly undermining the no-first-use doctrine that has prevented nuclear war since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and

 

WHEREAS, a preemptive nuclear attack, or even the threat of such an attack on Iran is an explicit violation of the NPT, the UN Charter, and the U.S. Constitution; and

 

WHEREAS, the National Academy of Sciences has determined that the use of such weapons would "create massive clouds of radioactive fallout that could spread far from the site of the attack,” and become deadly for hundreds of thousands Iranians and citizens of surrounding countries; and

 

WHEREAS, the long-term instability generated by such a strike would be against long-term United States interests in the region; and

 

WHEREAS, independent polls show that more than 70% of Iranians support better relations with the US; and

 

WHEREAS, there is a significant population of Iranians from all professions and expertise who call Portland home, and have brought a broad mix of cultural and artistic talents into the cultural mosaic of the City of Roses; and

 

WHEREAS, there are historic relations between Portland, “the City of Roses” and

Shiraz, Iran, “the city of Roses and Nightingales” as reflected in works of Portland’s own story teller the late Terrance O’Donnell; and

 

WHEREAS, a group of Americans and Iranians have come together in order to foster the friendship between the two countries by advancing Human to Human relations;

 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the city Council of the city of Portland, on behalf of the people of Portland urges the United States government to change the course in escalating the tensions with Iran; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of Portland challenges the possibility of a new war in Iran, and urges the Congress of the United States to maintain pressure on the administration against both an escalation of troops within Iraq and a geographic expansion into Iran while continuing to call for a complete and immediate end to the war in the region; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of Portland urges support for the Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 2007 (H. R. 770), prohibiting the use of funds for “any covert action for the purpose of causing regime change in Iran or to carry out any military action against Iran in the absence of an imminent threat, in accordance with international law;” and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of Portland will work with the local Iranian community to build people to people ties between Americans and Iranian citizens, to foster better understanding between the two nations and to embrace a spirit of diplomacy; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of Portland supports exploration of a sister City initiative between the city of Portland and the city of Shiraz, Iran, in order to strengthen the friendship relations between the two cities that started more than forty years ago by the late Portland writer Terrance O’Donnell; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution shall be sent to George W. Bush, President of the United States, the members of the Oregon Congressional delegation, the leaders of the Oregon State legislature and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.

 

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