Nowruz Resolution to be Introduced in Congress this Week
Source: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian
Educate your Member of
Congress about the Iranian New Year and ask them to cosponsor the
Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-15th)
plans to introduce a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives
on Thursday, March 19, 2009 in observance of the Iranian New Year. To date,
original cosponsors include Representatives Keith Ellison (MN-5th),
Bob Filner (CA-51st), Raul Grijalva (AZ-7th), Dennis
Kucinich (OH-10th), Carolyn Maloney (NY-14th), James Moran
(VA-8th), Linda Sanchez (CA-39th), Henry Waxman (CA-30th),
and Frank Wolf (VA-10th).
The resolution will recognize the cultural and
historical significance of Nowruz, express appreciation to Iranian Americans
for their contributions to American society, and wish Iranian Americans and
all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.
"Nowruz provides an opportunity to appreciate
the contributions of Iranian Americans to our society. They have made
noteworthy and lasting contributions in all sectors of American public life,
including as government, military and law enforcement officials, and in the
fields of medicine, engineering, and business," said Honda.
After much thought and feedback from other
members of Congress, Congressman Honda has opted to revise the original text
of the resolution and take the opportunity to also congratulate the people
of Iran and wish them a prosperous New Year. PAAIA is supportive of this
and other changes to the language of the resolution. In fact, PAAIA has
worked closely with Congressman Honda's office to ensure that the language
of the resolution also captures the inclusive spirit of Nowruz. For
example, at PAAIA's suggestion Congressman Honda has added language, which
states "Nowruz embodies the tradition that each individual's thinking,
speaking, and conduct should always be virtuous, and the ideal of compassion
for our fellow human beings regardless of ethnicity or religion."
PAAIA has urged the introduction of the Nowruz
resolution as a part of its broader efforts to foster greater understanding
of the Iranian culture and heritage as well as projecting an accurate and
positive image of the Iranian American community that truly reflects our
values and achievements. The resolution will mark the first time that
members of Congress have introduced a measure recognizing the cultural and
historical significance of Nowruz.
PAAIA wishes to thank NIAC and the many Iranian
Americans who have supported this resolution and urged its introduction in
here to red the text of the resolution.
Ask your Representative to sign-on as an
original cosponsor of the Nowruz Resolution.
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