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June 13, 2008

Speak Out and Make a Difference

This week, as part of the Campaign for New American Policy on Iran’sNational Call-In Day,” over 6,000 calls came in from all over the country to members of Congress to advocate direct diplomacy with Iran.  As feedback comes in from NIAC members and Iranian Americans throughout the country, it is clear our Congressional representatives are listening to the voice of Iranian Americans calling for diplomacy with Iran.
With the constant drumbeat for war, this is as it should be.

A recent Gallup poll showed that 59% of Americans believe the President should meet directly with Iran.   This backs up January’s Berkeley poll showing two thirds of Iranian Americans favor US engagement and direct diplomacy with Iran.
Our leaders in Washington need to be reminded of the overwhelming majority of people–Iranian Americans and others–who strongly oppose war.  The only way to do this is to be constantly engaged in civic participation efforts.
You don’t need to be a full-time activist to make a difference.  Find ten minutes to write a letter to your Congressman or Senator.  Place a phone call before an important vote in the House of Representatives.  Volunteer for a campaign and show your support for a candidate who shares your views on Iran.  Past failings in the pursuit of progress between the United States and Iran should never weaken our resolve to overcome future challenges.
NIAC was originally formed to strengthen civic engagement among the Iranian-American community, and we stand by that mission.  Progress can only come about when people get involved.  We encourage you to get to know your representatives.  And more importantly, make sure your representatives get to know you.

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