by the staff, National Iranian American
DC - The National Iranian American Council applauds the passage moments ago by
the House of Representatives of H.Res.267, the Norooz Resolution, and commends
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) for championing this historic resolution.
expresses its warmest thanks and congratulations to the Iranian-American
community for all of its hard work over the past year to ensure passage of the
Norooz Resolution. Today's victory is a culmination of this hard work.
National Iranian American Council has put together an enormous grassroots
undertaking to advocate for the Norooz resolution, and their efforts on this are
to be commended," said Representative Honda. "Today, as the House recognizes
Norooz, we also celebrate the success of this grassroots effort and the
contributions of Iranian-Americans to our society."
Norooz Resolution passed by a 384-2 vote, marking the first time in history that
the House of Representatives officially recognizes the "cultural and historical
significance" of the Iranian New Year. The resolution also expresses
appreciation "for the contributions of Iranian-Americans to society in the
United States" and wishes Iranian-Americans, Iranians, and all who celebrate
Norooz a happy and prosperous New Year.
gather with our friends and family to celebrate the New Year, we can take pride
in having achieved an unprecedented victory in gaining Congressional recognition
for one of our most cherished traditions," said Trita Parsi, NIAC President.
"Today's passage of the Norooz Resolution is not only is a testament to the
richness and durability of our culture, it is a demonstration that, when we join
our voices together, the Iranian-American community cannot be ignored."
Rep. Honda introduced the Norooz Resolution in March 2009, NIAC and PAAIA have
issued numerous calls to action. Iranian-Americans have responded to every
challenge to ensure that this measure would be passed, sending thousands of
emails to their Representatives in Congress. In February 2010, these efforts
led to the resolution obtaining its 50th cosponsor, enabling it to be considered
by Congressional Committee. Once the measure passed unanimously out of
Committee, NIAC members responded yet again and successfully urged the House
Majority Leader to schedule a vote for the Norooz Resolution in time for the New
are so many issues of great importance to the Iranian-American community, from
addressing shortcomings in immigration policies to reforming sanctions that harm
innocent Iranians," said Jamal Abdi, NIAC Policy Director. "It is critical that
policymakers hear from Iranian-Americans when they consider these issues.
Today's passage of the Norooz Resolution shows that, when we work together,
there is no limit to the success we can achieve."
Information about Norouz and
events across the globe
New Year, Norouz 1389 - 2010 Times
Articles on Norouz:
Norouz is a
Celebration of Life
Norouz : Persian
(Iranians) New Year and the Haft-Sin Symbolism
Photos- Shopping for the Persian New Year - part II
festival held in Tehran
the House to Greet Norouz
Photos- Shopping for
the Persian New Year
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