PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Reception on Capitol Hill

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PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Reception on Capitol Hill

honda croppedMarch 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. – On March 14, 2013, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), in conjunction with Congressman Michael M. Honda (D-CA/17th), Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA/4th), Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA/10th), and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY/12th) hosted a Nowruz reception for members of Congress and congressional staff on Capitol Hill.  In attendance were eleven members of Congress, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA/12th), as well as more than a hundred congressional staff and special guests.

PAAIA’s annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill is part of its broader effort to celebrate and foster greater understanding of Iranian culture, and to project an accurate and positive image of the Iranian American community. Participants in attendance had an opportunity to learn about Nowruz and Persian culture and heritage.

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Nowruz and Cyrus Cylinder Resolution Introduced in Congress

capitol hillMarch 21, 2013, Washington, D.C. – Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA/33rd) and Peter Roskam (R-IL/6th) introduced a bipartisan resolution (H.Res.130) in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, recognizing the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and acknowledging that the Cyrus Cylinder has, over the centuries, come to symbolize one of mankind’s first documents on human rights.

On loan from the British Museum, the cylinder has been on display since March 9th at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., and will travel afterwards to Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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For PAAIA CHIP Fellow, the “Curtain of Stereotypes” Has Been Pulled Back

hadi headshot 2By: Hadi Sedigh

March 19, 2013, Washington, D.C. – For the past three months, I have worked as a legislative fellow in the office of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who represents the 9th District of New York in the House of Representatives. The support of PAAIA, its Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP), and Dr. Akbar Ghahary has been an instrumental part of what has been and continues to be a tremendous learning experience. I hope that by providing an account of what I have taken away from this experience thus far, I can encourage other Iranian Americans to apply for CHIP internships, and to embark on what is sure to be an exciting few months in Congress.

Working in a congressional office has been an enriching experience in many ways. I have been able to improve my research and writing through constant practice of those skills in preparing memos and reports for the legislative staff, as well as talking points and speeches for Congresswoman Clarke.

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Iranian Students Continue to Suffer Financially

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As noted in recent communications, a large number of Iranian students who are currently studying in the United States on F-1 visas are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the devaluation of the rial (Iranian currency). In an online survey conducted by PAAIA, over 90% of the students who responded noted that their finances were extremely or somewhat negatively impacted in 2012. A large majority of the students (76.6%) said that they would accept any type of financial assistance they could obtain, while 10% said that they were considering stopping their education and returning to Iran. For most students, studying in the U.S. is the opportunity of a lifetime.

PAAIA calls on Iranian as well as non-Iranian Americans to assist these students.

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Nowruz Message From Secretary Kerry and Leader Pelosi

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March 21, 2013, Washington, D.C. – Secretary of State John Kerry and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday released statements to mark the celebration of Nowruz and the arrival of spring.  In their statements both Secretary Kerry and Leader Pelosi recognized the achievements and contributions of Iranian Americans in the United States. 
Click here to read Secretary Kerry’s Message to the Iranian People on Nowruz.

Click here to read Leader Pelosi’s Statement on the Persian New Year.

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Panel Presentations

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Click on the following links for PAAIA’s most recent publications, including our 2012 Annual National Survey of Iranian Americans, the Congressional 
Scorecard for the 112th Congress
2012 Report on Iran Sanctions Legislation, and our Annual Surveys.

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Upcoming Events

March 22, 2013
PAAIA/NexGen LA Celebrate Nowruz at City Hall

March 24, 2013
PAAIA/NexGen Houston
Celebrate Nowruz

March 25, 2013
Deadline for “I Am Cyrus” Contest

March 29, 2013
Deadline for Summer CHIP Applications
Washington, D.C.

March 30, 2013
Deadline for OGHAB Internship Applications

PAAIA/NexGen NY Celebrate Nowruz at Le Poisson Rouge

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