D.C. Reception & Fundraiser
Help Strengthen Our Community's Voice on Capitol Hill!
Thursday, June 22 at 6:15pm
You've seen the news of Trump's latest Muslim ban and many of you have felt the effects of these actions. What started with the discriminatory Visa Waiver bill H.R. 158 in late 2015 has now evolved into a blanket ban on Iranians. Many in our community are fearful that their families will be torn apart. Others are worried about traveling at all.
Join us on Thursday, June 22 in Washington, D.C. to help block and roll back Trump's ban on Iranians, block pro-war efforts, and protect our civil rights before it is too late.
Congressman Beto O'Rourke has represented the people of the 16th District of Texas in November of 2012. Prior to his congressional service, Beto O’Rourke served two terms on the El Paso City Council. Born and raised in El Paso, he has been deeply involved in civic, business and community efforts in his hometown. O'Rourke is a graduate of Columbia University. He is married to Amy Sanders and they have three children together.
Now, Beto is running for U.S. Senate to bring a new generation of leadership to Washington and ensure all Texas families have a chance to succeed. After successfully taking on a 16-year incumbent, Beto brought his fight for the people of Texas to the halls of Congress where he distinguished himself as a bipartisan problem solver. Now, he’s taking that fight to the U.S. Senate.
Dr. Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-winning author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Grawemeyer award and Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Dr. Parsi is the President of the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Jamal Abdi joined NIAC’s team following his work in the US Congress as Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA). As one of a small number of Iranian Americans working on the Hill, he served as a Congressional advisor, liaison, and expert on foreign affairs, immigration, and defense. Prior to coming to DC, Abdi worked in his home state of Washington as a field organizer for national Congressional elections, coordinating and establishing grassroots campaign efforts in Seattle and Bellevue. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations.
Jamal has written for The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Progressive and Public Service Europe, and blogs at The Huffington Post and at www.niacinsight.com. He is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television, including appearances on Al Jazeera, RT America, NPR, BBC Radio, and VOA.