Community & Heritage

  • Trump Pays Lip Service on Hate February 28, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    gettyimages-645940624After months of demonizing Muslims, banning Iranians from visiting their families in America, and fanning the flames of hatred in our country, Donald Trump finally went on a limb tonight and condemned acts of hate.
  • FAQ: Trump’s Travel Ban and You (Updated 2/14/17) February 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    faqsImplementation of President Trump’s Executive Order has been chaotic. We have received conflicting reports regarding its scope and application. The answers below, which we will seek to keep up-to-date, are based on our best understanding of the situation as it stands. If you have a legal question specific to your ...
  • Policy Memo: Why Trump’s Executive Order is Likely to be Permanent for Iranians January 31, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoPresident Trump’s Executive Order banning entry for nationals of seven countries is likely to be made permanent for Iran and potentially other countries. This is why it is simply unacceptable to tolerate the ban or accede to fixes on the margins. If we do not overturn the ban in its entirety, it could be ...
  • Finally, some good news January 29, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    dallas-detaineesIt’s been a long few days, but we have some welcome news this evening for U.S. permanent residents and their relatives. Under intense pressure, the Trump Administration has backed down on a key element of its immigration ban. After declaring yesterday that green card holders from Iran and the six other ...
  • Update: We can win this January 29, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 1.08.30 PMAs you have seen – we can win this. Thanks to the efforts of one of our partners – ACLU – courts have ordered the deportations to stop until the legality of the order has been reviewed. It’s nowhere near a full victory, but a clear indication that we can stop ...
  • NIAC Calls for Grace Period on Inhumane Trump Ban January 28, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    jpegIf the Trump administration has any shred of humanity and decency, it will institute a grace period without delay in order to enable all lawful permanent residents, dual nationals and visa holders from Iran and the other targeted countries to return to the United States to reunite with their families ...
  • Urgent Update: Final Executive Order Analysis January 27, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 9.55.28 PMWe have reviewed the final text of the Executive Order signed by Donald Trump to bar entry to the U.S. for nationals of seven countries, including Iran. Our updated analysis is here. The final order is worse than the draft leaked earlier this week, and the Trump Administration continues to leave vital ...
  • Trump’s Executive Order is a Travesty January 27, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Logo“It has been two hours since Donald Trump signed what may be one of the most consequential assaults on American values and security and yet they have still not released this document to the American people. His order will affect tens of thousands of lives and yet none of us ...
  • Panel Explores Rise of Hate in the United States January 27, 2017
    Pouya Parsian
    Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 6.10.45 PM“One’s well-being cannot be based on the targeting of others,” said Devon J. Crawford, a Humanity in Action senior fellow with the NAACP, at a panel discussion hosted by NIAC Action and Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) last week. “We need to prioritize educating ourselves so that we can learn how ...
  • NIAC Condemns Trump Plan to Ban Visitors from Iran and Muslim-Majority Countries January 24, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    niac logoThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order tomorrow banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States: “Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he ...
  • Iranian Americans and the Color of Success January 3, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    49juza6nSpeech matters. It is no surprise that after one of the most vicious presidential campaigns in history, where bigoted speech against Middle Easterners and Muslims was increasingly normalized, hate crimes against Americans perceived to be Muslims surged 67 percent. Iranian Americans are not specifically mentioned or identified in these statistics, ...
  • Will our children hide that they’re Iranian American? December 20, 2016
    Reza AslanReza Aslan
    Nederland, Amsterdam
Iraans-Amerikaanse godsdienstwetenschapper Reza Aslan. Aslan bezoekt Nederland ivm de vertaling van zijn boek over Jezus, Reza Arslan: De zeloot.
Foto: Martine SprangersWhen I grew up in the 1980s, hostilities against Iranians were so intense, I told my neighbors that I was Mexican. I spent some years of my life in America as an undocumented immigrant, not feeling safe expressing my own identity. I never thought I would have to relive those days. ...
  • LA Fundraiser a Success! November 4, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    THANK YOU to all who helped make NIAC’s October 22nd Los Angeles fundraiser a huge success! With your support, NIAC is stronger and better equipped to advocate on behalf of our community, to combat visa waiver discrimination laws and strengthen diplomacy! Thanks to our generous Los Angeles supporters, we exceeded ...
  • Let’s Talk Iran (and stuff): Yasmin Khan is Cooking Up Something Marvelous to Make Your Mouth Water October 6, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    iran-podcast-logo One of the many great things about Yasmin Khan is that she feeds you both knowledge and tasty treats. Yasmin is a writer, cook and campaigner who loves to share people’s stories through food. She’s also a regular media commentator and runs cooking classes, pop-up supper clubs and writing retreats ...
  • Leadership Conference 2016: Who’s Afraid of Hyphenated Americans? Confronting Misconceptions About Iranians and Muslims October 4, 2016
    Mitra Karami
    img_0640-2In the shadow of the Trump campaign, which has capitalized from and promoted xenophobic ideas and policies, an expert panel at NIAC’s 2016 Leadership Conference considered how to confront bigotry and racism toward Iranians and Muslims. None of the panelists expected Trump to win the Presidency, but author and foreign ...