Amir Omar Announces Bid for Richardson Mayor

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Amir Omar Announces Bid for Richardson Mayor

amir_omarNovember 16, 2012, Dallas, TX – Richardson City Council member Amir Omar yesterday announced his bid for mayor of Richardson, Texas. The election is scheduled for May 2013 and will mark the first time since the city’s charter was adopted in 1956 that the residents of Richardson will elect their mayor. Previous mayors were selected by the city council.

“This is a great change for our future because we deserve a Mayor who works directly for our families and small businesses,” said Omar in his announcement notice. “Just as I have done on the City Council, as your Mayor I will be a hands-on leader with a passion for Richardson. That means waking up each day with the goal of making our community the best place possible to live, work and raise a family.”

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“The Iranian Americans” Premieres Tuesday, December 18, 9:30 PM ET/PT on PBS
Source: Public Broadcasting Corporation

1979 Iranian Family Celebrates their first Thanksgiving 2November 16, 2012, New York, NY- (September 2012) PBS announced today the premiere of THE IRANIAN AMERICANS, new documentary by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg. The program airs Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9:30-10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on select PBS stations. Filmed around the United States – from Los Angeles to Washington, DC – THE IRANIAN AMERICANS chronicles the underreported history of a group of immigrants finding refuge, overcoming adversity and ultimately creating new lives in the United States. Even though Iran is in the news virtually every day, many Americans have little knowledge of the story of the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who live in the U.S. The special is presented by the network’s flagship station in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, PBS SoCaL.

As THE IRANIAN AMERICANS shows, the Iranians’ story begins more than two millennia ago in the Middle East, in a land that came to be called Persia. They built an empire that stretched from North Africa to India, from the Caspian to the Red Sea. A people of diverse ethnicities and faiths, they developed rich traditions that endured centuries of migrations and conquests. In the second half of the 20th century, their nation, now known as Iran, was racked by political and religious upheaval, leading ultimately to revolution. In 1979, the revolution thrust Ayatollah Khomeini into power, beginning an era when dissent was not tolerated. Tens of thousands of Iranians left their homeland for the United States, a country they would come to call home.

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The Bita Daryabari Graduate Fellowship in the School of Law 2013-2014 Academic Year
Source: Golden Gate University

bitefellowpic 2November 16, 2012, San Francisco, CA- The Bita Daryabari Graduate Fellowship Program allows a woman lawyer residing in a Middle Eastern country* to spend an academic year (approximately nine to ten months beginning in early August) in San Francisco, California (USA) at Golden Gate University, pursuing an LLM degree in the School of Law. The lawyer selected as a fellow under this program will enroll full-time and may choose among the Law School’s LLM programs in Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Legal Studies, and United States Legal Studies.

The successful candidate will have five to ten years of experience practicing law, and will be engaged in significant work that advances the public interest generally and the interests of women in particular.  Preference will be given to a female lawyer from Iran.

The recipient will have the opportunity to broaden and deepen her knowledge in the substantive legal areas of her choice, enhancing her career as well as her ability to serve others. She will also have opportunities to engage with members of the law school and local legal communities at specially organized events and activities. The program will provide professional networking opportunities and personal connections to distinguished lawyers in the San Francisco area.

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PAAIA Public Policy Center

Congressional Round-up

Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American Community.  The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a bi-weekly round-up on the status of such legislation. Click here to view a summary of the last two week’s activities.

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Panel Presentations

PAAIA Panel Presentations serve to educate and inform policy and lawmakers as well as the general public on the various issues impacting the Iranian American community in an accurate and balanced manner.

Click here to view more information and a video of our panel presentation: Assessing US Policy On Iran.

Click here to view more information and a video of our panel presentation on the Electronic Curtain.

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2012 National Survey on Military Action

 2009 Report on Iran Sanctions Legislation

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There are many ways to take action and help promote and advance the interests of the Iranian American community on issues that impact us.  

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