Community & Heritage

  • 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 ...
  • Don’t Bust: Iranian-Americans Need To Have A Voice In The Political Process July 29, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    huffpost logoIf you don’t know where to start, there are initiatives like the National Iranian American Council’s Beshkan the Vote that are advocating the importance of the Iranian-American vote during the 2016 election. They argue, “Your vote is your voice. If we want to have a say in the political process, ...
  • NIAC Mourns the Loss of Acclaimed Iranian Filmmaker Kiarostami July 5, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    abbas-kiarostami-5The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of world-renowned and multi-award-winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away yesterday at the age of 76. We extend our greatest regrets to Kiarostami’s sons, Ahmad Kiarostami, who is a NIAC board member and a ...
  • Most Americans Oppose Bans on Muslims and Refugees June 23, 2016
    Sarah Sakha
    512501530-republican-presidential-candidate-donald-trump-speaks.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2After the horrific shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump almost immediately reiterated his call for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States. Such a blanket ban could affect millions of people in at least 40 countries, including Iran. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) implied the Obama ...
  • Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner! June 23, 2016
    Mina JafariMina Jafari
    n-RUMI-LEO-628x314 Dear David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown, I think we speak for the entire Iranian-American community in applauding you for filming a biopic of beloved 13th century Persian poet Rumi. For most Persian speakers, Rumi is sacred. His beautiful poems of joy and love are deeply ingrained in Persian culture. While ...
  • NIAC and PayPal Take Steps to Address Payment Concerns Within Venmo April 19, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC-Paypal-StatementThe National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) and PayPal Inc. issued the following joint statement regarding certain difficulties Iranian Americans were having using Venmo during the Persian New Year: During the recent Persian New Year (“Norooz”), some Iranian Americans ran into difficulties while trying to send certain ...
  • EU Delays Reciprocity, Urges Repeal of Discriminatory Travel Restrictions April 14, 2016
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    A standoff over visa-free travel privileges between the U.S. and European Union was exacerbated by recent Congressionally-mandated restrictions against dual nationals and recent travelers to Iran. However, the European Commission delayed consideration this week of a proposal to suspend visa-free travel privileges for all American travelers until July.
  • EU to Consider Visa Waiver Suspension for Americans April 8, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – Americans could be required to apply for a visa in order to visit European Union countries within a matter of months, with the EU set to consider suspending the Visa Waiver Program for the United States next Tuesday. The effort is the result of a reciprocity measure ...
  • Witnesses Paint Dual Nationals as Terror Threat at Congressional Hearings February 18, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    New restrictions barring certain dual nationals from visiting the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program “feel like discrimination,” said Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), speaking at a Congressional hearing on the new visa law last week. “There’s a category of millions of Americans, freedom-loving Americans, that could be exposed to discrimination ...
  • Iranian-American Groups Urge Release of Siamak Namazi February 8, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    IA OrgsA coalition of Iranian-American organizations jointly sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry today urging for a redoubling of efforts to secure the release of Iranian American Siamak Namazi from detention in Iran. Namazi was detained while visiting Iran in October of last year and is being held ...
  • Now I’m a Second-Class Citizen December 17, 2015
    Elham KhatamiElham Khatami
    postgazetteLast week, in a swift move that flew under the radar of many civil liberties and activist groups, the House passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. Aimed at reforming the Visa Waiver Program, the measure received bipartisan support for tightening travel restrictions between the 38 ...