March 22, 2023

Seattle City Council recognizes Norooz and affirms support for the Iranian people!

Seattle, WA – The Seattle City Council has officially recognized Norooz and affirmed a commitment to uplift the voices of courageous Iranian women and men, and support the ongoing movement of Woman, Life, Freedom.

NIAC applauds the Seattle City Council for signing this proclamation recognizing Norooz and acknowledging the devastating past year marked by violent repression and destruction, death and persecution, and protests demanding basic human rights and democracy. We are pleased to see the City of Seattle recognize the resilience of Iranians and support for the Iranian-American community, and demonstrate a commitment to justice, freedom, and human rights. 

We want to congratulate our incredible Seattle chapter members for their tireless organizing efforts that helped make this proclamation happen. The proclamation, which we helped develop, highlights the vital role of women in the movement for democracy and human rights in Iran, and reaffirms an official commitment to supporting their cause, as well as recognizes Norooz as the embodiment of centuries-long traditions, promotes values of peace and solidarity and symbolizes a time of renewal and community, marking the departure from the trials of the previous year and bringing hope for the new year. 

NIAC chapters have been proud to contribute to the crucial organizing work in support of the Iranian people happening around the country. Almost two dozen resolutions supporting the movement for human rights and democracy, led by Iranian women, have passed at the local level. 

We encourage everyone to read the full proclamation below and will continue to work with American civic leaders to stand in solidarity with the Iranian people in their quest for a free and democratic society.

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