Community & Heritage

  • Iran’s Cyrus Cylinder Set To Make U.S. Debut December 10, 2012
    Negar Rafi
    The British Museum has announced that the Cyrus Cylinder, widely viewed as the oldest known code of human rights, will go on exhibition in five U.S. museums in 2013.
  • NIAC Member Survey Shows Growing Concern about War and Sanctions October 18, 2012
    Nobar Elmi
    Concern about war with Iran has only intensified since our last member survey, and our members overwhelmingly chose to keep preventing war as NIAC’s top priority.
  • The Truth. The Whole Truth. And, Nothing but the Truth. September 20, 2012
    Nobar Elmi
    As the Director of Community Outreach at NIAC, I have the pleasure of regularly meeting and speaking with Iranian Americans from across the country. These conversations leave me proud of our culture and appreciative of our diversity. However, these interactions have also shed some light on one issue I find ...
  • Watch Sahar’s Message to President Obama: Apple Won’t Listen, Will You? July 4, 2012
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Watch Sahar's Message to President Obama: Apple Won't Listen, Will You? Watch Sahar’s message to President Obama and take a moment to send you own letter calling for the President to take action ensure that sanctions stop hurting the wrong people in the U.S. and Iran and support human rights and civil liberties. For many Iranian Americans, as we gather with our ...
  • IAAB Announces Summer Leadership Institute June 13, 2012
    Roshan Alemi
    On June 30th through July 11th, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) will launch their Summer Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, CA. The Summer Leadership Institute includes the 7th year of Camp Ayandeh, IAAB’s high school leadership camp for Iranian Americans, as well as IAAB’s first camp for middle school students- ...
  • CA State Capitol Celebrates Iranian Culture & People May 23, 2012
    Jessica Schieder
        In collaboration with the office of California State Senator Sam Blakeslee, Senses Magazine LLC/ Senses Cultural, an organization dedicated to creating a more peaceful environment by fostering understanding through sharing arts and ideas across the globe, is hosting a series of Iranian cultural events in Sacramento, CA this June and ...
  • Update on Persepolis Tablets, Diplomacy and “Redlines” May 17, 2012
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    We accomplished a number of goals, including protections for the Persepolis Tablets, votes to make clear there is no authorization for war with Iran and to support diplomacy, and a rejection of shifting the redline for war and placing a “zero enrichment” ultimatum on U.S.-Iran talks.
  • Tavalod, Tavalod, Tavalodet Mobarak NIAC! May 3, 2012
    Nobar Elmi
    We’ve all felt the dilemma of being proud of our heritage, but tired at times of feeling like we have to defend it. We’ve all felt the desire to be treated as one of “us,” instead of one of “them.” We’ve all wanted to be heard, rather than told what ...
  • Milad Pooran – Democratic Candidate, 6th Congressional District of Maryland March 30, 2012
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    After a long career in healthcare, Milad is still ready to serve his country, but this time as the representative of the recently redistricted 6th Congressional District of Maryland.
  • NIAC Calls For Texas Restaurant to Take Down Anti-Iranian Hate Poster November 4, 2011
    NIAC Press Release
    NIAC deplores the racist and violent depiction of what is supposed to be a group of cowboys donning “Iranians Sucks” t-shirts while lynching an Iranian on a poster at a restaurant in Katy, Texas.
  • Reuters: Is Ahmadinejad Iran’s last president? October 25, 2011
    NIAC in the News
    “Should Iran decide to eliminate the post of a directly elected president, the primary role of a reinstated premiership would be to execute the supreme leader’s directives,” said NIAC’s Reza Marashi.
  • The Iranian American Experience: Overcoming Obstacles and Celebrating Success October 13, 2011
    Sina Kashefipour
    The second panel of the first annual NIAC leadership conference featured sanctions attorney and expert Erich Ferrari, former congressional candidate Darius Shahinfar, and NIAC Research Director Reza Marashi. The main theme that shined through in this panel was the importance of community and civic participation in the wider Iranian-American community.
  • Judge: Harvard Can Keep Persian Artifacts September 21, 2011
    NIAC in the News
    “We feel that cultural items should be appreciated by everybody. They shouldn’t be seized. There’s a need for justice and this is not the way to justice,” Jamal D. Abdi, policy director for the National Iranian American Council said.
  • Court Ruling Protects Persian Artifacts in Massachusetts September 16, 2011
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    A ruling by a Massachusetts District Court yesterday will protect ancient Persian artifacts housed at Harvard University and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts from being seized as part of an attempt collect damages against the Iranian government.
  • “Iran: A Forgotten Glory” – A Young Artist’s Legacy Lives On August 18, 2011
    Parisa Saranj
    “Iran: A Forgotten Glory” is the five-year effort of the young director Makan Karandish. Shot in more than sixty locations, this documentary is a rich source of information about Achaemenids and Sassanids, the two Great Persian Empires.