Newsletter April 2016




April 29, 2016


PAAIA Holds Congressional Briefing
& Panel Discussion on Iran After the Nuclear Deal

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April 29, 2016, Washington, D.C. – On April 20th, 2016, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) held a congressional briefing to present the findings of its 2016 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, followed by a panel discussion on Iran. In attendance, were more than fifty congressional staffers as well as representatives from the U.S. State Department and members of the media. 

The event began with opening remarks from PAAIA’s Executive Director, Leila Austin, followed by a presentation of the poll findings presented by PAAIA’s Director of Government Affairs, Morad Ghorban. Conducted by Zogby Research Services, the 2016 poll examines the opinions of Iranian Americans relating to the newly implemented nuclear agreement, US-Iran relations, and the experiences of the Iranian American community. The results indicate that a majority of Iranian Americans expect the implemented agreement to positively impact US-Iran relations and improve the civil rights and economic opportunities of Iranian citizens.  However, they are also concerned that their identification as Iranian Americans could lead to problems in terms of discrimination, particularly with recent rhetoric of some presidential candidates. Read More

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi Releases Her New Book – Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran

April 29, 2016, Washington D.C. – Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran is an autobiographical account of an amazing woman’s struggles against the Iranian regime. It was released on March 8, 2016, and it provides an inside look into the difficulties that come with standing up for justice. 

Shirin Ebadi was the first woman to become a judge in Iran prior to the 1979 Revolution. After she was stripped of her position under the new Islamic Republic, Ebadi helped to found the Defenders of Human Rights Center. This too was taken from her by the new regime when it was forced to close in 2008. For her tireless efforts to combat human rights abuses, Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Read More

IRAN X CUBA:Beyond the Headline

An art exhibition celebrates Cuban and Iranian artists as their countries move towards reconciliation with the U.S.

April 29, 2016, New York, NY – For the first time in the United States, a single art exhibition is celebrating the diverse works of emerging Iranian and Cuban artists. Moving past the sensationalist headlines, this exhibit reintroduces the often-overlooked dimensions of the people, culture, and artistic vibrancy of Cuba and Iran.
With the recent thaw of relations between the United States and its two former adversaries, there is renewed interest in rediscovery and travel to both countries. IRAN X CUBA: Beyond the Headline is without question timely and unique. Read More

Meet Sam Logan, Candidate for West Bloomfield, MI Township Supervisor

April 27, 2016 Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sam Logan Khaleghi to discuss his candidacy for West Bloomfield Township Supervisor. 

Born in Tehran, Iran, Logan immigrated to Detroit at a young age with dreams of pursuing the “American Dream”. Logan was inspired to run for public office after sensing that he could bring positive change to the in-fighting and political drama that plagues electoral politics in West Bloomfield. Read More

Become A PAAIA NexGen Member:

The NexGen mission continues to be the formation of a cohesive network of diverse, successful and highly talented Iranian Americans who bond together in service to each other and to the Iranian American community at large.  

To this end, NexGen will be restructuring its membership structure and kindly requests your feedback on future NexGen programs. Please take a moment to complete this brief form. NexGen has exciting programs coming up, sign up to become a member for free!          

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Read PAAIA’s 2016 Survey of
Iranian Americans

March 8, 2016, Washington, D.C.  – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today released the findings of a national public opinion survey examining the attitudes of Iranian Americans with respect to U.S.-Iran relations, the newly implemented nuclear agreement with Iran, and the experience of the Iranian American community.  

Read the Full 2016 Report

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