Source: The HAND Foundation
Dear friends of The HAND Foundation,
We believe that a solid middle class is the foundation of peace and security around the world. The weakening of the middle class around the world and in the United States has been even more exacerbated in Iran as a result of broad international sanctions - and this can have unintended and irreversible consequences negatively affecting economic growth and stability for years to come.
We are heartened about the preliminary deal with Iran which begins the process of removing the sanctions that have been decimating the Iranian middle class over the past decade. But it's only a first step. So far the focus has been on preventing new sanctions. The next step is much harder: to lift existing sanctions that hurt the ordinary Iranian people and threaten regional and global stability.
Long-time PARSA and HAND grantee, National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has been a relentless advocate of engagement with Iran for the past decade. Their work in engaging the Iranian community in the American civic life has been remarkable. They have built a grass roots organization with thousands of paying annual members to support programs from voter registration to leadership development, Capitol Hill internships, community survey, education of lawmakers and so on. HAND is pleased to announce that we have created a $150,000 fund for NIAC to raise as much money as it can in the next 30 days. HAND will match your contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $150,000 between now and December 31.
The agreement that was reached was a monumental step to avert war, which by all accounts could become a long and devastating catastrophe for the world. It provides sanctions relief to allow for medicine, aircraft parts, and tuition support for Iranian students. To help restore a close and robust relationship between the US and Iran, we hope that you take immediate action and give generously of your time and resources. Please pass on this message to your friends and family and encourage them to donate.
You may also enjoy the Give Peace a Dance video campaign sponsored by The HAND Foundation - it has had over 200,000 views and collected over 4,000 signatures encouraging world leaders take a stand for peace - please join them by signing on!
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