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October 07, 2010

PAAIA Releases 111th Congress Scorecard

By PAAIA Government Affairs Office

Oct. 4, 2010, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today released its Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress, which informs the public as to where members of Congress stand on issues of importance to the Iranian American community.

The primary purpose of PAAIA’s biannual Congressional Scorecards is to ensure that Iranian Americans are informed about the voting records and performances of their members of Congress. In addition, the Scorecards ensure that members of Congress are aware that their votes and positions on issues of importance to the Iranian American community will be analyzed and made public.

The scorecard for the 111th Congress focuses on bills and resolutions that bear on three areas: civil liberties, immigration, and a special category in recognition of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. In addition, we have profiled but not rated a number of measures that have come before the House of Representatives and Senate concerning U.S. policy towards Iran. This is in keeping with PAAIA’s neutrality on the subject and in accordance with our goal to ensure that Iranian Americans are informed about legislative initiatives and the positions that their members of Congress are taking concerning this topic.

For a complete copy of the Congressional Scorecard for the 111th Congress, please click here.

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Capitol Hill Basics: Bills, Resolutions, What’s the Difference?

By PAAIA Government Affairs Office

All Legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” — (Article I, Section 1, of the United States Constitution)

Oct. 4, 2010 – With the flurry of legislation in the 111th Congress pertaining to Iran and Iranian Americans, we plan to share a series of Capitol Hill Basics with our members, beginning with an explanation of the difference between a bill and a resolution.

Measures in Congress are typically introduced in four forms of legislation: the bill, the joint resolution, the concurrent resolution, and the simple resolution. Identifying the distinguishable attributes between these types of legislation may help in understanding their effects on the law and broader policy or political implications.

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See You Sunday!

Passing the Torch of Success

When: Sunday October 10, 2010, 2:00 – 5:30pm
Where: UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium
Tickets:  $40 general admission;
$20 students (with valid ID)
Online: Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office
By Phone: 510.642.9988
In Person: Zellerbach Hall Ticket Office, UC Berkeley (Bancroft & Telegraph)

WATCH VIDEO!

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Shanbehzadeh Trio: Trance and Dance
Music of Bushehr, Iran in NY, Oct. 16

PAAIA Members Receive $5 Discount!

When: Saturday, Oct.16th, 2010 8PM
Where: Peter Norton Symphony Space
Broadway at 95th St, New  York, NY
Tickets and Info: $32; $27 for PAAIA Members
Mention code TMTIX:PAAIA and purchase through the the WMI Box office 212.545.7536 by Oct 14 6PM.

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Death Is Not Justice Exhibit
Oct. 8 and 9, West Hollywood

Poster For Tomorrow and Seyhoun Gallery present: Death Is Not Justice An exhibition against capital punishment.

When: Friday Oct. 8, 12-8 PM, and Saturday Oct. 9, 1-8 PM
Where: Seyhoun Gallery
9007 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069
Free Admission!
More info: 310.858.5984

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