New York Fundraiser & Reception

Join us on Saturday, October 28 in Long Island, New York to help block and roll back Trump's Muslim ban, block pro-war efforts, and protect our civil rights before it is too late. At this time of great political uncertainty, we must strengthen the institution that advocates on our behalf.

Event Details

NIAC New York Fundraiser & Reception
Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 PM
Private Residence in Huntington, Long Island, New York
Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from the event.
Address provided upon ticket purchase
Food and alcohol will be served
Dress code is cocktail attire

Stay tuned for more details and speakers to be added!

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A big thank you to our host committee members who have made this event possible:  Ali Fakharzadeh, Ariana Farahani, Nobar Golhar, Seyed Hosseini, Payman Jarrahy, Reza Shaibani


Asieh Namdar is an Anchor for CGTN America in Washington, D.C. She comes to CGTN with more than 20 years of experience at CNN, where she served as an anchor for CNNI, a senior writer for HLN, and a contributor to Namdar has written and reported on many international stories, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tsunami disaster in Asia, the disputed 2009 election and protests in Iran, and typhoon Haiyan as it hit the Philippines in 2013. Namdar has conducted one-on-one interviews with Nobel Peace-Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Jordan’s Queen Rania, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and best-selling author Azar Nafisi.Recently, she spoke one-on-one with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Michael Skolnik is an entrepreneur, an activist, a storyteller and a proud father. From 2009-2015, Michael served as the President of, a multi-million dollar news website founded by hip-hop impresario, Russell Simmons. This platform gave Michael a leadership role in the new social justice movement, where he participated in national conversations about America’s relationship with race, the death of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of violence in Chicago and the Obama presidency, amongst many other topics. A trailblazer of social media with 200,000 followers, Michael regularly discusses the aforementioned topics, current events, and how they affect his generation on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and HLN and more.

Hooman Majd has written for GQ, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic,Time, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Politico, The New York Observer, Interview, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among others. He has also published short fiction in literary journals such as Guernica, The American Scholar, and Bald Ego. Majd’s New York Times bestselling book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ was published in 2008, and The Ayatollahs’ Democracy was published in the Fall of 2010. His latest book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. in November 2013.

TritaPDr. Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-winning author of three books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007); A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012) and most recently, Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017). 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.

 Shayan Modarres is civil rights activist and trial lawyer. Over the course of his career as a civil rights attorney in Florida and the Washington Metropolitan area, Mr. Modarres has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases and has successfully held bad actors in law enforcement accountable for civil rights violations and misconduct. Most notably, Mr. Modarres served as legal counsel to the family of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by his work as a civil rights attorney, Mr. Modarres decided to run for Congress for Florida’s Tenth Congressional District in 2014. Stories of disparity and inequality across the nation fuel his commitment to civil rights and social justice reform. Mr. Modarres holds a B.A. in Law and Society from American University and a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude and served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review Journal.