Seattle Fundraiser & Reception
Seattle: Help Strengthen Our Community's Voice on Capitol Hill!
Thursday, June 15 at 6:00pm
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 15 in Seattle 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.
A big thank you to our Host Committee members who have made this event possible: Said Amin, Mehdi Nakhijiri, Reza Firouzbakht, and Khodadad Kaviani.
Noah Purcell has served as Solicitor General for the Washington State Attorney General's Office since 2013. Most recently, Purcell represented the states of Washington and Minnesota when arguing against Trump’s travel ban order. Those states filed the lawsuit that resulted in a federal district judge's decision in Seattle in February to halt Trump's executive order nationwide.
Prior to joining the Washington State Attorney General's Office, Purcell worked as an attorney in Perkins Coie's Litigation and Appellate practices. Purcell's diverse litigation experience includes constitutional issues, antitrust claims, environmental law, preemption, campaign finance, and administrative law. Purcell served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of General Counsel from 2009-2010, advising on security and immigration issues and working extensively on the federal government's challenge to Arizona's immigration law. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Purcell worked as a law clerk to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David Tatel of the D.C. Circuit. A native of Seattle, Purcell attended Franklin High School, where he was introduced to the law by renowned teacher and mock trial coach Rick Nagel. Purcell attended the University of Washington, where he received a Mary Gates Leadership Award for his work founding and running Affordable Tuition Now!, a student advocacy group dedicated to keeping tuition at UW and other state universities affordable.
Cyrus Habib is the Lieutenant Governor of Washington state. Prior to being elected as Lt. Governor, Habib represented east King County in the Washington state Senate, where he served as Democratic Whip and a member of the Democratic leadership team. Prior to that, he served as a member of the state House of Representatives. Passionate about the intersection of law, technology, and economic development, Lieutenant Governor Habib fought for innovative policy solutions to help small businesses gain access to capital, ensure companies like Uber and Lyft could operate in Washington with appropriate safety regulations, and expand access to government for Washington residents by allowing for the submission of prerecorded remote testimony on legislation. He has been recognized by Governing Magazine for his bipartisan approach to government.
Cyrus grew up and attended public school in the Seattle area, the son of a Boeing engineer and a lawyer who would go on to become a Superior Court Judge. His parents were born in Iran, and came to the United States before Cyrus was born in search of political freedom and economic opportunity. Cyrus lost his eyesight to cancer at age 8, but thanks to well-funded and quality public schools, state-provided support services, and break-through new technologies, he was able to work hard and obtain a B.A. from Columbia, a Master’s degree from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale. Cyrus returned to Bellevue to practice law at Perkins Coie, where he advised startup companies and small businesses, helping them to grow, create jobs, and obtain needed financing. Cyrus also began teaching law at Seattle University, specializing in courses related to technology and public policy.
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.