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US Announces Ways To Provide Help For Quake Victims In Iran

- U.S. Department of the Treasury officially highlighted on Tuesday, November 14, the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people. "In light of the tragic earthquake in Iran, we would like to highlight some of the ways in which Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people, consistent with the Iran-related sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)" U.S. Virtual Embassy Iran cited OFAC as saying. - 11/15/17

U.S. Court Allows Ban On Some Travelers From Iran, Other Countries To Take U.S. President Donald Trump signing his original executive order on travel

- A U.S. appeals court is allowing President Donald Trump's latest executive order barring certain travelers from Iran and five other predominantly Muslim countries to take effect. The ruling on November 13 upholds the part of Trump's September 24 order which bars entry by people from Iran and the other countries if they do not have close connections in the United States. - 11/14/17

UCLA receives $1 million for Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali postdoctoral fellowship in Iranian linguistics

- Adonation of $1 million from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will establish the Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics in the UCLA Department of Linguistics, one of the nation's top-ranked linguistics departments. - 11/7/17

California Governor Jerry Brown appoints Iranian-American Woman Nahal Iravani-Sani as Judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court

- "PAAIA congratulates Nahal Iravani-Sani on her appointment to a judgeship in Santa Clara County. As an immigrant from Iran, Iravani-Sani has faced injustice and adversity, only to reinforce her commitment to fairness and equality and heighten her appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities her adopted country affords its citizens. For over twenty years, Iravani-Sani has been representing the people of the State of California in a variety of capacities, including as Deputy District Attorney." - 11/4/17

Iranian-American Organizations and Individual Plaintiffs File Supplement to Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Travel Ban 3.0

- Three prominent Iranian-American organizations and 16 individuals have filed legal papers challenging President Trump's October 24th Executive Order, which they argue targets refugees from Iran and 10 other African and Middle Eastern countries. The papers are a supplement to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction the groups filed earlier this month against the Trump Administration's Travel Ban 3.0. - 10/27/17

Interview: Iranian American Candidate for Atlanta City Council, Liliana Bakhtiari

- Two Iranian Americans are campaigning for seats on the Atlanta City Council - Amir Farokhi is running in District Two, and Liliana Bakhtiari is running in District Five. Recently, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) had the opportunity to interview Liliana Bakhtiari about her campaign. The election, which will be held on November 7th, marks the first time Bakhtiari has ran for public office. - 10/26/17

Judge blocks Trump's latest travel ban order

- A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday, concluding that Trump appeared to run afoul of federal immigration law when he issued a proclamation last month restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of eight countries. -Josh Gerstein, Politico - 10/18/17

Iranian-American Organizations Deplore Trump's Attack On Iran Nuclear Agreement

- Several Iranian-American organizations have issued statements deploring President Donald Trump's decertification of Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) and criticizing his aggressive Iran policy. "Trump's speech was a national disgrace. This isn't an effort to stiff a contractor over a real estate project, it's a matter of war and peace. Donald Trump is in way over his head," said Dr. Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council. - 10/14/17

Lawsuit Argues Trump's Latest Travel Ban Continues to Target Iranian Americans, Exacerbates Harm of Previous Travel Ban Orders

- A new court filing in federal court in Washington D.C. challenging President Trump's latest iteration of the travel ban seeks to protect Iranian Americans in the United States and abroad. The lawsuit, filed by three prominent Iranian-American organizations as well as 13 individual plaintiffs, outlines the ways the policy is hurting families, professional and business opportunities, as well as the expansive Iranian-American community. - 10/12/17

NIAC and Partners File First Lawsuit Against Muslim Ban 3.0

- Washington, DC - Today, Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP, in collaboration with the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, announced two lawsuits against the Trump administration's latest efforts to unlawfully block the entry of Muslims into the United States and carry out President Trump's long-promised Muslim ban. - 10/3/17

'The last Iranian Americans'

- On Sept. 24, the United States announced a revised travel ban that, unlike its predecessors, may face fewer legal hurdles. "Making America Safe is my No. 1 priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet," President Donald Trump tweeted just after his administration released the details of his new proclamation. Given that 62% of nonimmigrant travelers impacted by what many dub Travel Ban 3.0 are Iranian citizens, this indefinite ban - if upheld - could have long-term consequences on the Iranian-American community. -Narges Bajoghli, Al-Monitor - 10/3/17

U.S. Judge Orders Iran To Pay $63.5 Million To Former U.S. Marine Jailed In Tehran

- A U.S. judge has ordered Iran's government to pay $63.5 million to a former U.S. Marine who was held in Iranian jails for more than four years. U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle of Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of 33-year-old Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American, after Iran failed to respond to the complaint. - 10/3/17

Banning Grandmas Only Hurts American Families

- A smiling, young woman in a gown is leaning over so her tiny grandmother can give her a kiss. A grandmother is preparing torshee, pickles, in a jar as she looks on. After taking a cigarette drag, a grandmother laughs without a care in the world. These are the many faces of the grandmas impacted by President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0, that was issued in an proclamation on September 24. -Holly Dagres, Huffington Post - 9/29/17

Petition to U.S. Congress: Rescind the Muslim Ban Immediately #NoMuslimBanEver

- Now more than ever, we must stand unified in the face of Donald Trump's attempts to ban us and divide us. That's why NIAC Action has teamed up with 12 major civil rights organizations opposing Trump's Muslim ban to demand that Congress take action to stop the ban. - 9/28/17

What Trump's tough talk on Iran means for human rights

- Iranian-American actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi weighs in on how the Iran nuclear deal has affected humanitarian work, minority representation in Hollywood and more. -Politico - 9/28/17

Trump's New Travel Ban: Collective Punishment of the Iranian People

- The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) strongly condemns the new travel ban announced by the Trump administration on September 24, 2017 targeting citizens of Iran and seven other countries. The new travel ban's indiscriminate and arbitrary impact on Iranian citizens is unjustified and a gift to Iranian hardliners who want to isolate their population and prevent engagement with the outside world, CHRI said today. - 9/27/17

Iranian-Americans Condemn Trump's Travel Ban

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have issued press releases condemning Trump administration's new travel ban targeting Iranians. - 9/25/17

Documentary: Iranians Non-Grata

- "Iranians Non-Grata" is a short documentary by Human Capital of Iran project that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by the President #Trump #ExecutiveOrder known as the #MuslimBan or the #TravelBan. - 9/25/17

Installation of the First Iranian Design Mural in Los Angeles!

- Farhang Foundation is proud to announce the first winning design installation of the its Iranian Mural Design Competition in collaboration with Beautify Earth. In 2016, Farhang Foundation joined forces with Beautify Earth to launch an international mural design competition open to artists worldwide. The competition invited artists to submit design concepts that conceptualize different and unique aspects of Iranian culture. The finalist designs would then be installed as public murals throughout the city of Los Angeles as part of the beautification of Los Angeles with Iranian art. - 9/21/17

Meet Dr. Hosna Sheikholeslami, Denison's Newest Professor

- Dr. Hosna Sheikholeslami is the department of sociology and anthropology's newest faculty member. An Iranian-American born in Tehran, Iran and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from age four, Sheikholeslami studied Comparative Literature at Berkeley, where she also started an interfaith dialogue council, an organization that remains on campus today. -Denisonian - 9/11/17

Iranian-Americans at the Forefront of Success

- After a nine-week hunt for a CEO, Uber announced the appointment of Iranian-American, Dara Khosrowshahi, a former executive at Expedia where he had the distinction of being the highest paid CEO in the US. Honoring a long-held family tradition of valuing education above all else, he earned a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University. -Roxana Maddahi, Huffington Post - 9/8/17

An Iranian bookstore in Westwood closes after 36 years

- Westwood's Iranian bookstore Ketab Corp. closed its doors last week after 36 years in business. The shop on Westwood Boulevard held roughly 85% Persian titles as well as books in English about Iran, said owner Bijan Khalili, who in a phone call described his customer base as "Persians and those Americans that are interested in Persian culture" in a phone call. -Agatha French, Los Angeles TImes - 8/31/17

High-Frequency Chip Brings Iranian-American Researchers One Step Closer to Next Generation Technology

- A novel, high-frequency electronic chip potentially capable of transmitting tens of gigabits of data per second - a rate that is orders of magnitude above the fastest internet speeds available today - has been developed by engineers (Omeed Momeni, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis, and doctoral student Hossein Jalili) at the University of California, Davis. -Bonnie Dickson - 8/29/17

Gift establishes UCI endowed chair in art history, archaeology of ancient Iran

- The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute to establish the Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Presidential Chair in Art History & Archaeology of Ancient Iran. Additional funding was provided by the UC Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs program. The holder of the $2 million chair in the Department of Art History will collaborate with UCI's Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture. - 8/25/17

TIRGAN 2017: The Arts and Culture Festival that Transcends borders and penetrates hearts

- Mesmerized by KamanChello playing, a duo string performance of the Persian Kamcheh and occidental Cello, the highly diverse audience comprised of not only Iranians from all walks of life and places, but also with the eminent presence of others including peace and justice loving mainstream Canadians, found themselves in twilight nostalgic and humanistic trance on earth and beyond. Tirgan 2017, the Iranian summer solstice festival ten years in the making in Toronto, had once again attracted 150,000 spectators which included many from the U.S. world down under, as well as from Europe and even Iran. -Davood N. Rahni - 8/1/17

2017 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans: Poll Shows a Community Under Duress Due to Rising Discrimination

- Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) released the findings of its national public opinion survey of Iranian Americans revealing concerns over increased discrimination and domestic issues - a shift from previous polling. A great majority of respondents (82%) are worried about rising discrimination against Iranian Americans, and more than one-half (56%) report having personally experienced discrimination. - 7/28/17

Jasmin Moghbeli, Badass Astronaut

- In the rarefied world of space travellers, nasa's new astronaut class--seven men and five women, picked from a record-breaking eighteen thousand applicants--includes one, nicknamed "Jaws," who played basketball at M.I.T., is a Marine Corps major, and was decorated for flying Cobra gunships on a hundred and fifty combat missions in Afghanistan. The astronaut candidate is also an immigrant-an Iranian-American, the only one with roots in the Middle East since the first class of astronauts was selected, in 1959. -Robin Wright, New Yorker - 7/21/17

NIAC Action Statement on Congress Rejecting Amendments to Bar Muslim-ban Funding

- "We applaud Representatives Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee for leading the charge against the Trump administration's Muslim ban. By offering amendments to defund elements of the ban, Representatives Pocan and Senator Lee demonstrated real leadership in attempting to put an end to Congressional inaction and forego the need for further judicial intervention regarding the Muslim ban. The Pocan amendment, which came to a vote, was unfortunately defeated on a largely party line vote." - 7/19/17

Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman To Win Fields Medal In Math, Dies At 40

- Mirzakhani in 2014 won the Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize that is awarded every four years by the International Congress of Mathematicians. The medal is given to people aged 40 or younger who make major contributions to math. She received hers for her "striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems," the committee said at the time. Mirzakhani died in an undisclosed U.S. hospital after the cancer she had been fighting for four years spread to her bone marrow. - 7/16/17

U.S. Federal Court Rules Against Trump Restrictions On Travelers With U.S. Relatives

- A U.S. judge has ruled against the Trump administration's restrictions on refugees and travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries who have American relatives. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu said late on July 13 that people with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other American relatives currently barred by the administration should be allowed into the country. - 7/14/17

Iranian math genius Maryam Mirzakhani battles cancer recurrence at US hospital

- Internationally-renowned Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has been hospitalized in the US for deteriorating health conditions caused by cancer recurrence. According to one of her relatives, Mirzakhani is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the US after medical tests confirmed that cancer has spread to her bone marrow a few weeks ago, the Iranian Haft-e Sobh daily reported. - 7/13/17

'Los Angeles embodies diversity.' The city's new sculpture celebrating freedom is unveiled

- Production of the sculpture was organized by the Farhang Foundation, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization, and the unveiling was part of the inaugural Freedom Festival, a nightlong block party that featured live music, food and fireworks. The Farhang Foundation promotes the study and appreciation of Iranian art and culture. Organizers said they hope the Freedom Festival becomes an annual event. -Matt Hamilton, Los Angles Times - 7/5/17

Touraj Daryaee: Uncovering the Splendor of Ancient Iran

- With the goal of harnessing the untapped potential of Iranian-Americans, and to build the capacity of the Iranian diaspora in effecting positive change in the U.S. and around the world, the Iranian Americans' Contributions Project (IACP) has launched a series of interviews that explore the personal and professional backgrounds of prominent Iranian-Americans who have made seminal contributions to their fields of endeavor. - Jahandad Memarian, Huffington Post - 7/5/17

For Iranian-Americans, Trump travel ban keeps families apart

- Weddings have been moved and family visits delayed. The Trump administration's travel ban, while a shadow of its original self, has dealt a harsh blow to the Iranian-American community, where family ties run strong and friends and loved ones regularly shuttle between Los Angeles and Tehran. -ABC News - 7/3/17

Iranian maestro Maziar Heidari among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants of 2017

- Iranian composer and orchestra conductor Maziar Heidari is among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants of 2017. The Canadian Immigrant magazine has announced winners of its ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards which chooses and celebrates the success stories of Canadian immigrants who have made an influential contribution to Canada. The award is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). - 7/1/17

Iranian American Organizations Denounce State Department Travel Ban Guidelines

- As organizations representing the Iranian American community, we denounce the new guidelines for the revised Travel Ban issued by the State Department on Wednesday night. Following the Supreme Court's June 26th, decision to move the Travel Ban forward while exempting those who can "credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," the State Department's guidelines ban extended family including grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and fiances from entering the country. - 6/30/17

Houston surgeon set to visit Iran again under limited travel ban

- A Houston doctor is resuming his regular trips to Iran four months after President Donald Trump's Middle East travel ban led him to cancel life-saving operations on three unborn babies there. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week to reinstate a limited portion of Trump's travel order will not affect Dr. Alireza Shamshirsaz's plans to return to Iran next month and perform fetal surgeries on four pregnant women, he said. -Houston Chronicle - 6/30/17

U.S. To Only Allow 'Close Relatives' From Six Nations Under Travel Ban To Visit

- The U.S administration has set new rules for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a "close" relative in the United States or a "formal" relationship to a U.S. organization. The guidelines are due to come into effect at 8 p.m. Washington time on June 29. - 6/29/17

Iranian-American Organizations issue statements on Trump's Muslim ban after Supreme Court decision

- "Today's Supreme Court decision immediately places the status of many Americans' families into question again. The Iranian-American community, Muslims across America, and families directly impacted by the ban are now reliving the chaotic days following the Muslim ban in January. Fears of the Trump administration once again spreading chaos by triumphing in the courts and reinstituting parts of its ban that has separated families have been realized. - 6/27/17

IAPAC Proudly Endorses Campaigns of Iranian American Candidates

- Today, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) proudly announced its support for the campaigns of Kia Hamadanchy and Amir Farokhi who are running for the U.S. Congress and the Atlanta City Council, respectively. For more information about how you can get involved in these races, please visit: Kia for Congress and Amir for Atlanta. - 6/26/17

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

- Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the "Beyond the Ban" art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery in New York City. - 6/21/17

Immigrant-Americans With Support From Over A Million People Worldwide Create A Monument To Humanity In Los Angeles

- The Farhang Foundation, a nonpolitical, nonreligious, not-for-profit Iranian-American cultural foundation, is proud to announce that The Freedom Sculpture: Freedom a Shared Dream, a monument honoring core American values of freedom, cultural diversity and unity, has raised more than $2.2 million, nearing the minimum goal of $2.5 million needed to complete the project. With over a million supporters from more than 50 countries following its progress on social media, the Freedom Sculpture has also become the most crowd-supported public monument gifted in U.S. history. - 6/11/17

NIAC Statement on Trump's Muslim Ban Tweets

- The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following President Donald Trump's tweets resurrecting his calls for "EXTREME VETTING" and a "TRAVEL BAN!" this morning: "In today's episode of daily misinformation, blame-shifting, and overall erosion of our democracy, the President of the United States revealed the categorical duality in his approach to combatting terrorism and his desire to persist with his nonsensical Muslim ban." - 6/6/17

Trump Administration Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Order

- The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, arguing that it would make the United States safer. - 6/2/17

AIC Partners with Educational Non-Profit ProjectExplorer.org to Create Film Series in Iran

- AIC is partnering with the award-winning educational non-profit, ProjectExplorer.org, to send a small film crew to Iran in Spring 2018 to produce a series of short, high-quality, educational videos about everyday life in Iran. - 6/1/17

Avideh Zakhor: the brains behind Google Earth and Street View

- For one of Silicon Valley's most important inventions, we can thank Avideh Zakhor, creator of the technology that brought us Google Earth and Street View. Before there was Google Earth and Street View showing us around the world, there was Zakhor and her team driving a truck loaded with sensors around Berkeley and flying in a helicopter overhead to gather imagery, mapping part of the city in three dimensions. -Ethan Baron, San Jose Mercury - 5/30/17

Nine Iranian American Receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor

- On May 13th, 2017 nine highly accomplished Iranian Americans, including IA-100 member Mohammed Farzaneh, were awarded the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding achievement in their personal and professional lives, as well as their commitment to the preservation of their Iranian culture and heritage and noteworthy citizenship to the United States. - 5/27/17

Interview: Tony Award Nominee Arian Moayed, Star of the Provocative Dual-Language Adaptation of Hamlet

- Waterwell Theatre Company is undertaking a professional stage production of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in 1917 Tehran, during the dawn of World War I. Performing Shakespeare's words in both English and Farsi, Waterwell's adaptation of Hamlet explores the shifting cultural identities that Persians were battling as the rest of the world was modernizing. With passages spoken in Farsi, this version of Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy explores parallels between Hamlet's central existential dilemma and the compromises of a nation faced with the encroachment of Western influences, then and now. - 5/22/17

I live in Irvine but my congresswoman seems to be the representative from Trump Nation

- I live in Irvine with my family and thousands of other American citizens of Iranian descent. I came to this country as an immigrant and a refugee of war, and I have never taken for granted the opportunities America represents. All across the country, Iranian Americans have worked to better their communities, participating in all walks of civic life. But because Iran is one of the countries targeted by Trump's ban, we now face persecution and separation from family and friends in our native country. -Farshad Farahat, Los Angeles Times - 5/16/17

U.S. District Court Judge "Inclined to Agree" That Muslim Ban Unconstitutional

- On Thursday, Judge Tanya Sue Chutkan a judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order staying the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) motion for a nationwide freeze on President Trump's Muslim travel ban, indicating that she is "inclined to agree with Plaintiffs that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims with respect to Sections 2 and 6 of the Second Executive Order." - 5/12/17

Court Judges Focus On Whether Trump Travel Order Targets Muslims

- U.S. appeals court judges asked tough questions about President Donald Trump's temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, with several voicing skepticism that national security was the measure's true goal. - 5/9/17

Made in Iran, Born in America

- 'Made in Iran, born in America' - that's been your motto for quite some time now. How has Iran made you, despite having lived almost all of your life in the States? Taravat Talepasand: I have been harassed almost all of my life for not being Iranian, as I wasn't born in Iran. This surprised me, since as a child I had resented being Iranian only because I was growing up in a predominantly white, Republican, suburban, racist town in Portland. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 5/9/17

New Trump's "Extreme Vetting" Proposal Raises Alarm Bells

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is profoundly concerned by the Trump administration's newly released proposal for "extreme vetting" interview questions. "Donald Trump's Muslim ban has been blocked by multiple courts so now he is attempting to circumvent the judiciary and impose a Muslim ban through new measures," said Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for NIAC. "This proposal makes America less safe and would do further damage to the values and protections that are fundamental to this country." - 5/5/17

Take Action: Make sure Iranian Americans are counted in the next U.S. Census

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and a coalition of Iranian-American organizations comprised of Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) and Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) are urging for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include an ethnicity category in the Census for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA). - 5/4/17

Persian Parade Illuminates Madison Avenue

- Parades are one of New York City's greatest traditions and yesterday, the NYPD Mounted Horse unit, that has patrolled the city streets since 1858, led the 14th Annual Persian Parade on Madison Avenue. Prominent Iranian-American community leaders followed along with city and state officials and a commanding float depicting Persian King Cyrus the Great and his famous barrel-shaped clay cylinder, said to be the first recorded declaration of human rights dating back some 2,600 years ago. -Davar Ardalan, Huffington Post - 5/2/17

Trump Unites Iranian Americans

- Generations of Iranians like my parents have admired the United States for almost everything. They wanted their children to attend American universities, promoted America as the land of great opportunities, and proudly sent invitations to friends for their U.S. citizenship ceremonies. But many Iranian Americans today are confused and frightened by the wave of unjust immigration policies targeting Iranians. -Leila Mansouri - 4/27/17

Family Urges Trump To Work For Release Of Jailed Americans In Iran

- A relative of two Iranian-Americans imprisoned in Iran has said their health is deteriorating in Tehran's Evin prison and urged U.S. President Donald Trump to take "personal responsibility" for freeing them. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were sentenced to 10-year prison terms last year for "collusion with an enemy state" -- the United States. Babak Namazi has been seeking the release of his father and brother since then. - 4/26/17

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, U.S. Official Who Helped Broker Iran Nuclear Deal, Demoted and Reassigned

- A top U.S. State Department official who helped broker the Iran nuclear deal was demoted and reassigned after right-wing media outlets questioned her loyalty to U.S. President Donald Trump, media are reporting. - 4/24/17

Iranian Couple Reunited In Colorado After Travel Ban Scares

- An experience that both called "a nightmare" turned into a dream come true for an Iranian family reunited at Denver International Airport Tuesday night. "I saw her on May 5, one year ago," Zoheir Khademian said. -CBS, Denver - 4/19/17

Iranian Americans, livid over Trump visa ban, to get their day in court

- President Donald Trump's attempts to impose a visa ban on a set of majority-Muslim countries has sparked unusual anger and activism among a wealthy, highly educated group that generally avoids U.S. politics: Iranian Americans. Now, they're about to get their day in court, winning the first chance to present in-person testimony against the travel ban. -Politico - 4/17/17

Meet Kia Hamadanchy: Candidate for U.S. Congress (CA-45th)

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to interview Kia Hamadanchy to discuss his historic campaign for California's 45th Congressional District. If successful, he will become the first American of Iranian descent to be elected to the U.S. Congress. - 4/13/17

Iranian Americans Use Tech to Count Their Impact in US

- Pirooz Parvarandeh, a longtime Silicon Valley executive, saw a problem. Although he has lived in the United States for more than 40 years, he knew little about the contributions and accomplishments of Iranian Americans like himself. That lack of knowledge is widespread, he feared, and in his view makes Iranians in America more subject to stereotypes, discrimination and attacks. -Michelle Quinn, VOA - 4/7/17

Iranian-American Nilou Motamed Highlights Her Culture in Food & Wine Magazine

- Iranian-American Nilou Motamed began her second year as editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, an American lifestyle magazine dedicated to covering new trends in food, drink, travel, design and entertaining. In an interview with VOA Persian journalist Saman Arbabi in New York, the 45-year-old Motamed explains how her Iranian roots inspired her not only to pursue success in the competitive U.S. media industry, but also to highlight Iranian culture through her magazine. -VOA - 4/7/17

Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians

- As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ready access to legal counsel and insist they be promptly released from custody. - 4/6/17

Documenting the Contributions of Iranian Americans

- Launched in 2016, the Iranian American's Contributions Project (IACP) applies software technologies to publicly available information to rigorously aggregate the many facets and contributions of the Iranian American community. Pirooz Parvarandeh is the founder and will describe this new approach and the results achieved to date. - 4/6/17

NIAC Calls on Authorities to Release Detained Iranian Citizen Holding Valid Visa

- "The National Iranian American Council calls upon authorities to release and explain the arrest and detention of Alia Ghandi, an Iranian citizen who holds a valid U.S. visa. Ghandi's arrest raises a number of concerns that Iranians are still being unfairly targeted by immigration enforcement due to their national origin, in spite of court orders putting a hold on Trump's Muslim ban." - 3/31/17

Engage: Second Annual Harvard Iranian Weekend

- Harvard Iranian Weekend (HIW) is a global conference that serves as a platform to broadcast the distinct Iranian voices in today's America. This year's theme is Engage, a direct call to action in convening the curious, bold, and bright members of the Iranian community. - 3/29/17

Nowruz at New York's Dare Mehr

- Nowruz, the secular Persian New Year that transcends religions, regions and borders, but instead binds humanity as one since antiquity (this year 3755,) was once again upon us. As families arrived in mostly all-white and colorful gowns to enjoy the Nowruz gala at the newly inaugurated Dare Mehr in Suffern New York, they could not help but be mesmerized by the captivating warmth of the sun shining down on them. -Davood N. Rahni - 3/28/17

PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Celebration on Capitol Hill

- On March 20th, 2017, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) hosted its annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill. Fourteen members of Congress, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, attended the reception, as well as more than 200 Congressional staff and special guests. - 3/23/17

President Trump's travel ban disrupts family reunion in San Ramon

- President Trump's new travel ban may be on hold, but it's also putting travel plans on hold during what is usually a festive time especially for people from one of the countries targeted. These are busy days for Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream. The San Ramon company is filling orders for their exotic flavors including saffron/pistachio -- desserts that will sweeten the 14 day celebration of Norooz, --the Persian New Year. -ABC News - 3/22/17

Why It's Important Now, More Than Ever, To Celebrate Norooz

- Self-identifying and proudly displaying our heritage as Iranian Americans has always been complicated -- and this is even more pronounced in a climate of policies and political rhetoric that are anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim. Melody Ehsani reflected on how that's impacted her family, and strengthened the importance of preserving and sharing her family's Iranian and Baha'i practices -Atoosa Moinzadeh, The Fader - 3/21/17

Saratoga: Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties

- The outfits were lavish and colorful, the smiles were unwavering, the jokes were flowing and the cake was bountiful and sweet. Beneath the veneer of lighthearted fun that the West Valley College Persian New Year celebration has come to personify over the years, the warm breeze that passed through the Campus Center on Monday afternoon carried a solemness, a palpable uneasiness. -Khalida Sarwari, Mercury News - 3/20/17

White House Appeals Court Decision Blocking Trump Travel Order

- The U.S. government on March 17 announced it is appealing a court decision blocking President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration from taking effect. The Justice Department said in a court filing it would appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court in the state of Maryland that halted the part of Trump's March 6 order temporarily banning the entry of travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. - 3/18/17

Persian Arts Festival: 11th Annual Norooz Celebration at National Sawdust in New York

- The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 11 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust in New York. The 11th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films curated by west coast's Noor Iranian Film Festival, family-friendly performances of Fictionville Studio's shadow puppet masterpiece, "Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King", a panel discussion featuring Iranian American artists and scholars,... - 3/17/17

#LiveTogether Norooz Challenge Goes Viral

- Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib took part in the Norooz Challenge yesterday, a new viral trend emerging across America ahead of the Iranian New Year, which falls on March 20. "I'm so glad you're here," Inslee said to Habib on Facebook Live. "One of the best things to happen to the State of Washington is to have an Iranian-American leader and you're doing a super job. What a great reason to celebrate Persian New Year. Norooz Mobarak [Happy New Year]," Inslee added. - Davar Ardalan, Huffington Post - 3/17/17



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