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How Lawmakers Can Leverage the Persian New Year
Whether or not there is an agreement with Iran, the issue is bound to be a significant focal point in U.S.-Iran relations for the foreseeable future. At the same time, policymakers would be wise to think more creatively about crafting policies that would support and engage the United States greatest asset in Iran - the Iranian people.
UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
March 27, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany).
Los Angeles City Hall Celebrates Nowruz
March 24, 2015, Los Angeles, CA - On Friday, March 20th, the Los Angeles City Hall celebrated Nowruz alongside the Iranian American community for the eleventh year in a row. Beginning in 2004 with the support of PAAIA Board Member Pouria Abbassi and Congressman Tony Cardenas, the Nowruz celebration at Los Angeles City Hall has become an annual tradition expressing the city's gratitude for the contributions of their Iranian American residents.
President Obama Calls for the Release of U.S. Citizens Imprisoned in Iran
March 24, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On March 20th, marking the Persian New Year, President Obama issued a statement urging for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens currently detained in Iran, including Iranian Americans Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian.
House Members Send Cautionary Letter to President Obama on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
March 24, 2015, Washington D.C. - As the deadline approaches to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent an open letter to President Obama cautioning that any agreement will require congressional approval for its implementation.
President Obama Addresses Iranian People in Nowruz Message
March 20, 2015, Washington, D.C. - As he has done in previous years, President Obama yesterday released a special video message to those celebrating Nowruz, taking the opportunity to speak directly to the people of Iran and the Iranian leadership.
PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Reception on Capitol Hill
March 19, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On March 18, 2014, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) hosted a Nowruz reception for members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill in conjunction with Congressman Michael Honda and 16 other congressmen.
Nowruz Resolution Introduced in the U.S. Congress
March 18, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-17th) today introduced a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year into the House of Representatives. The legislation recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.
Iranian American Community Supports Diplomatic Nuke Agreement
March 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Perhaps one of the most attentive communities watching the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks is the Iranian American community. Iranian Americans want the impasse over Iran's nuclear program to be resolved peacefully. They also aspire to see a democratic Iran that respects human rights.
Board of Directors of IAPAC Appointed for 2016 Election Cycle
March 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected Political Action Committee (PAC) of PAAIA, today announced its new Board of Directors for the 2016 election cycle. New board members were chosen by a joint nominating committee appointed by the outgoing boards of directors of IAPAC and PAAIA.
PAAIA Attends White House Nowruz Reception
March 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, March 11, PAAIA attended the White House celebration in honor of Nowruz, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Republican Senators Send Controversial Open Letter to Iranian Leadership
March 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Forty-seven Senate Republicans sent an open letter Tuesday to Iranian leaders, warning that President Obama's successor could revoke any nuclear agreement "with the stroke of a pen" if the deal is not approved by Congress.
UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
March 6, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
Congressional Roundup
March 6, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Congress is considering a number of legislative initiatives that may be of interest to the Iranian American community. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a roundup on the status of the legislation.
Senators Introduce Bills Mandating Congressional Review and Oversight on Iran Deal
March 5, 2015, Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Robert Menendez (D-N) last week introduced legislation which would require congressional review and approval of any nuclear deal reached with Iran. The bill, entitled the "Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015 (S.615)," has to date a total of eleven cosponsors and has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Bar Associations and Immigration Judges File Amicus Briefs in Support of Judge Tabaddor
February 27, 2015, Washington D.C. - Asian Americans Advancing for Justice along with the Iranian American Bar Association and eleven other bar associations filed a friend of the court brief (amicus curiae) today in support of Iranian American Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor's federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist but I Played One on TV
February 20, 2015, Washington D.C. - World-renowned comedian and actor, Maz Jobrani, explains what it's like to be an Iranian American in Hollywood in his new book, “I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.” Following the book release earlier this week, Jobrani set out on a comedy tour explaining how he overcame Hollywood stereotypes and forged a path to stardom in an industry that only saw him as the perfect TV terrorist.
Cyrus Habib's Legislative Video Testimony Bill Passes Washington State Senate
February 20, 2015, Seattle, WA - The Washington State Senate recently passed legislation authored by Senator Cyrus Habib that would allow citizens to submit legislative testimony remotely via the internet. In a unanimous vote, Senate Bill 5267 passed the state senate and will now head to the Washington House of Representatives.
PAAIA Welcomes UMass Amherst's Reversal on Ban of Iranian Students
February 18, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced that they have reversed the ban on Iranian students from their science and engineering programs.
Hafez and the Lines of Beauty
February 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In conjunction with an exhibit on Nasta'liq, an aesthetically refined form of Persian calligraphy developed between the 14th and 16th centuries, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. hosted Dick Davis, the renowned scholar of Persian literature.
Farzaneh Brothers Donate $1.6 Million to Oklahoma State for Iranian Studies
February 13, 2015, Washington D.C. - The Oklahoma State University will be expanding their Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program thanks to Iranian American business owners and philanthropists Mohammad and Jalal Farzaneh.

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