April 7, 2008

NIAC launches new logo, amended mission statement to reflect growth

Washington DC – Today, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) launched its new logo and amended mission statement, reflecting the organization’s growth and increased reach.

Since its inception in 2002, NIAC has grown to become the largest grassroots Iranian-American organization in the United States. NIAC’s influence transcends the beltway to affect Iranian Americans all over the US.

NIAC was first formed to enhance Iranian-American participation in American civic life. This original model has been wildly successful. Iranian Americans of all political convictions have used the knowledge and skills they obtained through NIAC and other Iranian-American organizations to meet with their lawmakers, send letters to decision makers, communicate with the media, volunteer with different organizations, and become involved in local politics.

The success of its membership has allowed NIAC to influence policies in favor of Iranian-American interests, and to provide a voice for Iranian Americans on matters of importance to them, such as their cultural heritage.

NIAC’s new mission is (1) To advance the interests of the Iranian-American community on civic, cultural and political issues; (2) to supply the resources, knowledge and tools to enable civic participation and informed decision making; and (3) to provide the infrastructure for building bridges between Iranian-American organizations and the peoples of America and Iran.

Like the mission statement, NIAC’s new logo, in dark blue and red/orange, reflects NIAC’s role in transforming the Iranian-American community from political apathy to activism. The logo takes inspiration from the Persian alphabet and the American flag.

“We’re proud of the strides our community has made thus far and of NIAC’s role in strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans,” said Parissa Behnia, member of NIAC’s Board of Directors. “Our new image reflects NIAC’s continued commitment to help Iranian Americans continue to fulfill their civic and political potential.”

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