Source: Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)
More than 20 university campuses nationwide will participate in Iran Awareness Month this April as part of Iranian Alliances Across Borders' Campus Action Network (ICAN). University student leaders initiated Iran Awareness Month this past Fall at the IAAB Student Summit in Washington, D.C. Responding to heightened anti-Iranian and pro-war sentiments, the student leaders called for a coordinated series of events across the country in order to raise awareness and build community.
Furthermore, in response to a recent wave of hate crimes, IAAB's Campus Action Network expands Iran Awareness Month to also include a message of no hate against all communities. ICAN's Iran Awareness Month: No Hate will include actions honoring both Trayvon Martin and Shaima Al Awadi, two victims of recent hate crimes, as well as a coordinated action condemning the unwarranted surveillance of New York's Muslim students association by the New York Police Department.
Participants in Iran Awareness Month: No Hate will take action in any of the following ways:
Student groups and representatives host on-campus events that raise awareness of Iranian culture and promote an anti-hate message such as:
- Panel, speaker or townhall meeting
- Film screenings, art exhibits, and tablings
- Cross-cultural and interfaith dialogues
- Cultural activities such as poetry readings, hokm night, and backgammon tournaments
Participants may also send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org of their group members wearing hoodies and hijabs. Images will be mailed to the Sanford Police Department, the New York Police Department and will appear as a part of a larger photo collage honoring Trayvon Martin and Shaima Al Awadi.
If you or your university are interested in participating in Iran Awareness Month: No Hate, please email email@example.com.
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Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan organization that strengthens the Iranian diaspora community through leadership and educational programming that encourages collaboration and solidarity across various borders and multiple communities. For more information about IAAB, please visit:www.iranianalliances.org.
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