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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

NIAC Welcomes Court Order Halting Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

- "The court's decision to issue a temporary restraining order barring the latest executive order imposing a Muslim ban is another triumph for American values over discrimination. The Trump administration has now had its attempt to impose a Muslim ban halted by the courts twice. Fortunately, Iranians will once again face a slight reprieve in that the ban will not go into effect tomorrow. Nevertheless, the back and forth struggle has already kept Iranian families apart and imposed turmoil on countless individuals, while doing untold damage to America's image abroad." - 3/17/17

Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Court Challenge To Trump Travel Ban 2.0

- On March 14th, four prominent Iranian-American organizations renewed their challenge to the Trump Administration's illegal and unconstitutional policies, filing papers to take on the President's revised "Travel Ban" Executive Order. The organizations, joined by over 20 individual plaintiffs, have updated their existing lawsuit against the January 27th Travel Ban Executive Order, Pars Equality, et al v. Trump, to take on the March 6th version. - 3/17/17

The "#LiveTogether Norooz Challenge" spreading message of tolerance

- Over the past few days, the viral "Norooz Challenge" has brought Americans & Iranians together to broadcast "Happy New Year" in Persian, then challenge friends to follow suit. The Norooz Challenge is the first of several challenges in the #LiveTogether campaign, with a theme of crossing borders and cultures to put our similarities above our differences. - 3/16/17

PEOPLE IN AMERICA: Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans

- Assal Ravandi knows service. First, as a soldier in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Now, as a soldier for soldiers at the organization she founded: Academy of United States Veterans. Ravandi was born in Tehran, Iran. She came with her family to the United States at age 13. She thinks her decision, years later, to join the United States Army was partly inspired by the life she left. -Marsha James, VOA - 3/16/17

Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order

- In the heart of Persian Square, in West Los Angeles, everyone is getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, when family members visit each other.Normally it's the busy season for the travel agencies that cater to the Iranian community. But not this year. President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travelers who do not currently have visas from six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months is scheduled to take effect on March 16.Among the six countries on the travel order is Iran. -Elizabeth Lee, VOA - 3/15/17

Iranian-American Robin Shahini Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran Proclaims Innocence in Letter

- Robin (Reza) Shahini, an Iranian-American dual national sentenced to 18 years in prison in October 2016 during a visit to Iran, has proclaimed his innocence in a letter urging human rights groups and international organizations to work for his release. - 3/14/17

American Musicians To Perform Works by Iranian Composers in Gesture of Welcome

- n late January, after the first of the recent U.S. travel bans was signed, Los Angeles-based violist and violinist Andrew McIntosh put a post on Facebook looking for recommendations of violin repertoire by living composers from the affected countries. "The response that I received to that post was astounding, with many friends and acquaintances chiming in with suggestions, mostly of music by composers from Iran," McIntosh said. -Laurie Niles, Violinist - 3/13/17

Hawaii First U.S. State To Challenge New Trump Travel Order In Court

- The U.S. state of Hawaii plans to file the first court challenge to President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily barring visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries as well as all refugees. Hawaii said that it will seek to temporarily halt the order on March 8. - 3/8/17

Trump's New Muslim Ban

- National Iranian American Council Policy Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement in response to President Trump's revised Muslim Ban: "Donald Trump has doubled down on his harmful and un-American threat to ban Muslims from this country. Since Trump's first Muslim ban, we have seen a spate of hate crimes against people who were believed to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. The President and advisors like Steve Bannon are effectively egging on these acts of hate and bigotry by making discrimination against us official U.S. policy. - 3/6/17

Iranian-American merges 2 worlds at Waynesboro show

- Elyana Javaheri said she started finding collages as a source of refuge. Twelve years ago, Javaheri moved to the United States from Tehran, Iran, to pursue her education at Virginia Tech. Now a landscape architect, she had originally intended on pursuing a career in law, but found herself interested in urban planning. As a child, she was fascinated by the big city life of Tehran. -NewsLeader - 3/2/17

Iranian-American Orgs on Rise in Hate Crimes: Time for Leaders to Condemn These Incidents

- As Iranian American organizations, we have been sounding the alarm on the divisive rhetoric against immigrants, spurred by the harmful and discriminatory effects of the Trump Administration's Executive Order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries - including Iran - from entering the United States. - 3/1/17

Iran MPs pass legislation in response to Trump travel ban

- Iranian lawmakers have added a new article to the proposed budget bill for the next fiscal year (starting March 21, 2017) to attract investment by the country's nationals living in the United States. - 2/27/17

Kickstarter Campaign: Presenting IRAN THROUGH BOOKS at America's biggest annual book festival in 2017

- Farhang Foundation aims to promote Iranian art, culture & literature to the community at large. This two-day, free to public festival will help us give presence to Iranian books as well as books about Iran & books by Iranian authors. The event will be built around one central theme - celebrating books & promoting reading as a gateway to bring harmony and understanding to our diverse community in Los Angeles and Southern California. - 2/21/17

Trump Travel Ban Crashes Texas Wedding Plans

- President Donald Trump has repeatedly said his approach to preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil won't always be tidy. That's especially true when it affects things like the already delicate task of compiling a wedding guest list. Just ask Shervin Taheran. -John T. Bennett, Roll Call - 2/18/17

Iranian Chicagoan Says Life Under Trump Reminds Him of Ahmadinejad

- Chicagoans from each of seven countries listed in President Trump's travel ban explain how the executive order has changed their lives. -Chicago Magazine - 2/13/17

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' Upholds Court Order Blocking Trump's Executive Order

- "The court's decision to uphold the order blocking the Trump administration's un-American Executive Order is a triumph of justice. The message to the Trump administration is clear: America's democratic institutions will not allow our democracy to be corrupted by bigoted and racist measures that divide our country and make America less safe. -NIAC - 2/10/17

For Iranian Americans, Trump has complicated an already tricky trip to motherland

- For many Iranian immigrants and their families, the 7,500-mile journey between Tehran and California is an emotionally fraught necessity. Most Iranians in the U.S. oppose the hard-line regime in Tehran. Many fled for political freedoms or opportunities for professional growth. Others moved here for a Western education and planned to go back, but found themselves tethered to America after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. -Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times - 2/7/17

Iranian-Americans feel stuck, confused, afraid of travel ban

- Iranian-American supermarket supervisor Alan Tahmasebi voted for Donald Trump last year, hoping a businessman would be more trustworthy than a politician. The 35-year-old now sorely regrets it, seeing the havoc wreaked upon his fellow countrymen - and his family - since the new president issued a temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including his former home. -Chicago Tribune - 2/6/17

U.S. Travel Ban Stands Between Iranian Cancer Patient And Her Grandmother

- These are trying times for Negin Ghanei and her family. Doctors in the United States last year detected a return of her teenage daughter Kiana's lymphoma cancer, leaving the transplanted Iranians in what the U.S.-based chemical engineer calls a state of shock. Ghanei says the second shock came in late January when she learned that Kiana's 74-year-old grandmother couldn't travel to the United States to help care for Kiana and provide them all with much-needed moral support. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/3/17

White House Says Immigration Order No Longer Affects Legal U.S. Residents

- The White House said it has issued updated guidance on President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration clarifying that legal permanent residents, or green-card holders, do not require a waiver to enter the United States. - 2/2/17

America Polarized and in Turmoil: United, we must take back our country from the ultra-supremacists in the White House

- Among the executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump this past Friday, there is the enhancing "national security and border control," that has led to massive demonstrations and much controversy. No patriotic American, native or naturalized, could argue against the meritorious notion of enhancing our national security, immigration and border control. However, while most Americans are committed to inclusivity and blind justice, Trump and his dwindling number of supporters want to block Muslims by using a religious litmus test for entry and immigration to the US. -David N. Rahni - 2/1/17

U.S. tech without Iranian immigrants: No eBay, Oracle, Google, DropBox, Tinder

- Talented people in other countries don't disappear if we reject them. They'll shrug and move on to the burgeoning tech scenes of Europe and Asia, where they'll be greeted with easy funding, a low cost of living, fast Internet, vibrant communities, and exotic workspaces. Many American tech startups have even been flocking to these destinations of late. If we limit immigration, we'll be accelerating Europe and Asia's tech position while massively sabotaging our own. -Adam Ghahramani , Venture Beat - 2/1/17

Build Bridges with Iran: 8 Surprises from the Iranian People

- I am deeply saddened by President Trump's executive order banning many Muslims from entering the United States. I also am sad to see the Iranian response: Iran To Ban U.S. Visitors In Retaliation To Trump Order. The U.S. and Iran, along with other Muslim-majority countries, will be much safer in the long term by building bridges of goodwill with one another instead of building walls of fear and mistrust. -Philip M. Hellmich, Director of Peace, The Shift Network - 2/1/17

Explainer: Who Is Affected By Trump's Entry Ban To U.S., And How?

- U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order of January 27 bans refugees from all countries from entering the United States for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees from entering indefinitely. At the same time, the executive order temporarily bans entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen -- until more stringent vetting of visas is introduced. - 1/31/17

Iran Retaliates With Entry Ban on US Citizens as Controversy Swirls

- Iran says it will ban all U.S. citizens from entering the Islamic republic, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. -In a statement Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry directly linked its ban to Trump's order, which Tehran called "an obvious insult to the Islamic world." The statement predicted that Trump's order "will be recorded in history as a big gift to extremists and their supporters." - 1/30/17

Internal memo: Expedia's CEO, a former Iranian refugee, slams Trump's 'reactionary' visa crackdown

- "I believe that with this Executive Order, our President has reverted to the short game," Dara Khosrowshahi told Expedia employees in the message. "The U.S. may be an ever so slightly less dangerous as a place to live, but it will certainly be seen as a smaller nation, one that is inward-looking versus forward thinking, reactionary versus visionary." - 1/30/17

Crystal Lake doctor with American, Iranian citizenship held for questioning at O'Hare

- Even if Dr. Amir Heydari had been held longer at O'Hare International Airport on his way home to Crystal Lake from Iran on Sunday, he knew he'd be OK. He's a bariatric surgeon with a large network of colleagues, patients and friends; he's married to an American woman and together they're the parents of three American-born children; and above all, he himself has dual citizenship in Iran and the United States and he has lived in the Chicago area for nearly four decades. -Chicago Tribune - 1/30/17

Metro Vancouver Persian community reacts to new Trump travel ban

- Iranian-Canadians from Metro Vancouver's large Persian community reacted with dismay to an executive order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump Friday. There are 36,950 Iranians living in Canada who do not have Canadian citizenship, according to 2011 numbers from Statistics Canada.-CBC, Canada - 1/30/17

Emotional video shows Iranian boy, 5, finally reuniting with his mother after being held for hours at Washington DC airport following Trump's immigrant ban

- A five-year-old Iranian boy was reunited with his mother after being detained at Dulles International Airport following President Trump's immigrant ban. After being held for a number of hours at the Washington, D.C. airport, the boy finally rejoined his mother, who then sang him 'Happy Birthday'. -DailyMail - 1/30/17

Trump's Executive Order is a Travesty

- National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following Donald Trump's signing of an Executive Order to ban nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States: "It has been two hours since Donald Trump signed what may be one of the most consequential assaults on American values and security and yet they have still not released this document to the American people. His order will affect tens of thousands of lives and yet none of us have even seen the final version. Sadly this lack of transparency is becoming the norm under Trump's administration. - 1/28/17

PAAIA Rejects President Trump's Immigration Ban on Iranian Nationals

- Today, President Trump enacted an executive order temporarily banning nationals from several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is deeply concerned about this executive order. While PAAIA and the Iranian American community commend efforts that would enhance our national security, we believe measures based solely on national origin are ineffective national security tools and anti-American. - 1/28/17

Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S. Immigration Ban

- Anticipating an executive order from the White House to temporarily shut off Iranians' access to U.S. visas and other avenues to immigration, Iranians have voiced frustration with being targeted for exclusion alongside citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries where conflicts are raging. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/27/17

Trump's Muslim Ban is Real and Even Worse Than Imagined

- "Trump's Muslim ban is real and even more draconian than many anticipated. Visa holders, dual nationals, and even green card holders from Muslim-majority countries may be barred indefinitely from the United States. Based on our analysis of the Executive Order language that is circulating, nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are outside of the U.S. with a valid U.S. visa will not be able to enter the United States. The order is written in such a broad manner that it may also prohibit dual nationals of those countries who are citizens of non-targeted countries from entering the U.S. on a visa. Perhaps most alarmingly, it can be interpreted to bar even U.S. permanent residents who are outside of the United States from re-entering." -NIAC Action - 1/26/17

Iran's President Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals

- The Iranian Judiciary's recent upholding of the indefensible five-year prison sentence against Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, issued at a secret trial by a Revolutionary Court, reaffirms the collusion between the Judiciary and the country's security and intelligence agencies that is undermining justice in Iran. - 1/26/17

NIAC Condemns Trump Plan to Ban Visitors from Iran and Muslim-Majority Countries

- The National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order tomorrow banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States: "Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail. He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.,,, - 1/25/17

Open Letter to President Trump: Serving American Interests by Engaging the Iranian People

- Dear President Trump: On behalf of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), we write to wish you success in uniting our nation and bridging partisan divides after a divisive election. PAAIA works to advance the voice of Iranian Americans as it affects our interests in the U.S. as well as to offer our perspectives on U.S. policy toward Iran. The Iranian American community is dedicated to protecting America's national interests. They are patriots who contribute greatly to America through their accomplishments, diversity and support for peace and diplomacy. - 1/24/17

CONCERT: A Celebration of Music from Iran at Stanford University

- Iranian Studies at Stanford is proud to co-sponsor two concerts on Iranian music with the Center for East Asian Studies as part of the Pan-Asian Music Festival. The concert will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. - 1/23/17

4th Annual Farhang Connect celebration in Los Angeles

- Join Farhang Foundation's Generations Council for the 4th Annual FARHANG CONNECT celebration on Saturday February 4, 2017 at Riviera 31 in Los Angeles. Featuring a Persian musical performance and demo by maestros Hamid Saeidi & Mehrdad Arabi, plus music by Dj Arin. - 1/23/17

NIAC Concerned That U.S. Banks are Denying Financial Services to Iranians in the U.S.

- Over the past few years, Iranian visa-holders resident in the United States have seen their bank accounts at U.S. financial institutions shuttered as a result of U.S. sanctions. The most recent case is that of Chase Bank, where NIAC has learned that Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian visa-holders. - 1/20/17

Grad student hopes to break misconceptions of Iran with travel memoir

- Shawndeez Jadalizadeh embarked on a four-month solo journey through her home country, which she had never visted before, in the spring of 2015. "I was slightly terrified, but I put aside my fears and fantasies to enjoy the present, to enjoy Iran," wrote Shawndeez, a graduate student in gender studies, in a memoir about her travels. -Lauret Scott, Daily Bruin - 1/17/17

Local Bay Area Attorney Wins District Delegate Seat By Two Votes

- The recent Presidential election was a wake-up call for Nima Rahimi, a deputy district attorney and San Francisco resident. He saw plainly the consequences of political disengagement. So he decided to take matters into his own hands. -Pouya Parsian, NIAC Action - 1/16/17

Iranian-American "Completely Isolated" in Iran's Gorgan Prison

- Iranian-American political prisoner Reza (Robin) Shahini is being held in adverse conditions with dangerous criminals in Gorgan Prison, 186 miles northeast of Tehran in Golestan Province, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 12/24/16

OFAC 101: Iran Sanctions (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

- OFAC provides readily available copies of statutes, executive orders, rules, and regulations relating to Iran on its website. Both due to - and also despite - this abundance of language, there is often confusion surrounding what is and is not permitted in U.S.-Iran business operations under the new agreement. Hence, this article seeks to clarify some of these guidelines. Imagine this as "OFAC 101." -Kriyana Reddy, AIC - 12/21/16

Dr. Homayoon Shidnia and Persian Manuscript Studies in the US

- Last Thursday, December 8, 2016, the Persian manuscript tradition lost its greatest patron in the West. Professor Homayoon Shidnia (1930-2016), who passed away in Indianapolis organized the small but culturally influential Iranian community of Indiana and created the non-profit Foundation for the Preservation of Persian Manuscripts nearly two decades ago. -Dr. Mahmoud Omidsalar - 12/15/16

Dr. Cumrun Vafa Awarded 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics

- Iranian-American scientist Dr. Cumrun Vafa is the recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics. Dr. Vafa will share the $3 million prize with 2 Professors Joseph Polchinski and Andrew Strominger. - 12/10/16

The fear that's keeping Iranian Americans from visiting their homeland

- Sitting inside his empty travel agency in Los Angeles, Farhad Besharati expressed concern about the decline of his business. The majority of his customers are older Persians who come to him when they want to purchase airline tickets to Iran. But lately, he said, some are canceling their flights, and fewer people are arranging trips -Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times - 12/9/16

Learning to love the 'Persian Palaces' of Beverly Hills

- The way Pourandokht Banayan tells it, she and her husband built the very first "Persian Palace" in Beverly Hills. The boxy yellow house bears the telltale mark of the now-outlawed style: four of those two-story columns out front. It was erected on this plot of land at the top of Coldwater Canyon in the late 1980s, before the rush of other Iranians building or renovating similar homes in the notoriously wealthy enclave -Curbed - 12/2/16

PAAIA Launches the Ansari Fellowship Program For Young Iranian-Americans

- Iranian-Americans are some of the most successful entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists in the United States. Yet, for various reasons, many are still not involved in politics or public service more broadly. We are aiming to change that by providing funding for unpaid summer internships, as well as access to a network of public policy experts and mentorship opportunities. - 11/30/16

Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) Launches #RejectHate Campaign

- IAAB's Campus Action Network (I-CAN) launches IAAB's #RejectHate Campaign to ensure the right to a safe education in an inclusive environment for all students. Multiple IAAB students and alumni reported experiencing harassment and bullying at school and in public spaces in the past week. - 11/19/16

Interview: Iranian American Physician Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh

- Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh M.D. is an Iranian American physician with a distinguished career in medicine and behavioral health. Dr. Vahabzadeh is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Medicine, he is the Director of Digital Health at neurotechnology company, Brain Power, where he also serves as site director for the San Francisco Bay Area, and he is also the former Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association. - 11/17/16

Pars Generation+ holds Arts & Culture Mixer in San Francisco

- Pars Generation+ hosted a lively Art & Culture Mixer on Election Night 2016 at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco. As young professionals and community leaders networked, they viewed the "Iran Unveiled" Photography Exhibit, as well as works by renowned Persian artist Elham Ashrafi and street artist Keyvan Shovir (a.k.a "CK1"). Persian cuisine by Apple, Inc.'s own Chef Naz Afarin Mahini and Komaaj Catering was served, while Election 2016 results were viewed on a monitor. - 11/12/16

Cyrus Habib Soon to Become the First Iranian American Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

- Seattle, WA - State Senator Cyrus Habib (D-WA) claimed the state Lieutenant Governor's office in Washington State. Habib made history by becoming the first American of Iranian heritage to win a statewide election. - 11/9/16

Pars Equality Center's New Pars Generation+ Program Hosts Election Day ART & CULTURE MIXER at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco

- On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Pars Equality Center (PEC)--the leading non-profit organization providing social, legal and community services to the Iranian-American community--presents an event by Pars Generation+, the new program for supporting and connecting the next generation (ages 21-40) of Iranian Americans. - 11/8/16

iBRIDGE Barcelona: A Global Meetup with High Tech Entrepreneurs of Iranian Descent

- iBRIDGE Barcelona, a three-day event to be held December 8-10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. It will be the global meetup with high-tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent who come from across the world to share experiences, challenges, and success stories with colleagues, potential investors, and corporate partners. - 11/7/16

From Serving in the White House to Storytelling in VR and NPR, Meet D.C.'s Most Influential Iranian-American Women

- From the Oval Office to the most powerful American boardrooms, Iranian-American women are among the most hardworking of this country's changemakers. On November 13th, The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) will feature many of these women... -Davar Ardalan, Huffington Post - 11/7/16

President Obama endorses Cyrus Habib for Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

- "Cyrus's intelligence, track record, and proven commitment to Washington State set him apart. I am pleased to endorse and support his campaign for Lieutenant Governor." - President Obama - 11/5/16

Iranian-American Community Leaders Come Out Strong for Rep. Mike Honda #CA17

- Bay Area Iranian-Americans and Asian Americans gathered Tuesday night to show their support for Democratic Congressman Mike Honda. While some were upset by the questionable circumstances that led to the recent endorsement of Honda's opponent Ro Khanna by the Bay Area Iranian-American Democratic Club (BAIAD,) most wanted to celebrate someone they considered a friend to their communities. -Daily Kos - 11/5/16

Iranian-Americans on the Ballot this Novemeber

- With the November 8th election fast approaching, PAAIA wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the campaigns of several Iranian Americans who will be on the ballot on Election Day. As an organization that represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large, PAAIA encourages the active participation of Iranian Americans in the American civic process and public service. - 11/4/16

Iranian-American Vows to Hunger Strike Until Death If Authorities Uphold 18-Year Prison Sentence

- Iranian-American dual citizen Reza (Robin) Shahini, who was handed an 18-year prison sentence in Iran in October 2016, has vowed to go on hunger strike until his death if the sentence is not reversed on appeal. "This is a tyrannical sentence," an informed source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "If the sentence is not thrown out, he will go on a hunger strike until his death because he won't be able to tolerate such a heavy sentence..." - 10/31/16

Iranian-American Tackles Big Brother with Performance Art

- Advocacy, coupled with an interrogation of her cultural heritage, is at the soul of Persian-American artist Amy Khoshbin's video and performance art. She's currently in residence at Mana Contemporary, as part of Mana BSMT, the museum's collaborative hub supporting emerging artists, where her performative installation The Myth of Layla is on view through November 12. -Creators Project - 10/31/16

One Veteran's War on Islamophobia

- I'm not an immigrant, but my grandparents are. More than 50 years ago, they arrived in New York City from Iran. I grew up mainly in central New Jersey, an American kid playing little league for the Raritan Red Sox and soccer for the Raritan Rovers. In 1985, I travelled with my family to our ancestral land. I was only eight, but old enough to understand that the Iranians had lost their liberty and freedom. -Nate Terani, LobeLog - 10/31/16

Campaign sign brings up City Council candidate Fred Ameri's Iranian roots

- A campaign sign found in Newport Beach with words written in Farsi next to City Council candidate Fred Ameri's name is another "racist" attempt to instill fear and alienate voters, Ameri said. The red sign was placed on West Coast Highway and Dover Drive and reads "Vote for Fred" written in Farsi, the language spoken in Ameri's native Iran, and Ameri written in English. -Orange County Register - 10/31/16

Iranian-American Citizen Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

- An Iranian-American dual citizen who has been jailed in Iran since July has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of collaborating with the United States and "insulting sanctities," one of his U.S.-based relatives told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 10/25/16

Young Iranian politician reaches the "Young European Leaders" podium

- A young Iranian politician received the "Young European Leaders," a reward for his political commitment. Councilman in Switzerland, emeritus member of one of the largest political party of the country, Darius Azarpey (Dariush-e Azarpey in Farsi) won the prize, while just ascending to the Vice Presidency of the Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce. - 10/24/16

Wife Of Iranian-Austrian Jailed In Iran Proclaims His Innocence

- The wife of an Iranian-Austrian man sentenced recently by an Iranian court to 10 years in prison on spying charges has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that her husband is a "simple businessman" unjustly imprisoned. - 10/21/16

Interview: Shiva Farivar, Candidate for Irvine City Council

- Shiva Farivar is a longtime Irvine resident and community leader who is running for a seat on the Irvine City Council in the upcoming November elections. This election marks the second time Shive Farivar is running for public office. In 2010, she was a candidate for Irvine City Council, and ran a very competitive race. - 10/20/16

Iran Rejects U.S. Interference Over Jailed Dual Nationals

- Iran says it won't accept any U.S. "interference" after Washington demanded the release of an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father. Iranian officials announced on October 18 that Siamak and Baquer Namazi had been jailed for 10 years for "espionage and collaboration with the American government." - 10/19/16

NIAC Strongly Condemns Iran's Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release

- NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: "The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. We urge Iran to immediately release the Namazis - as well as all dual nationals unjustly detained in Iran on spurious charges - so that they can reunite with their families. - 10/19/16



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