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U.S. Senate Passes Nowruz Resolution

By PAAIA Editorial Staff

March 22, 2010, Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Nowruz resolution sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX).

A similar resolution was originally introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Michael Honda (CA-15th) and passed on March 15th, 2010. Like the House version, the Senate resolution also recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society, and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. The Senate version also encourages the peaceful celebration of Nowruz in Iran and supports the right of Iranians to exercise the freedom of assembly, expression, and speech.

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The House of Representatives Passes the Nowruz Resolution!

By PAAIA Editorial Staff

March 15, 2010, Washington, D.C. - We are very pleased to report that the House of Representatives passed the Nowruz resolution (H.Res.267) today by a vote of 384 to 2.

PAAIA first approached Congressman Michael Honda (CA-15th) in February 2009, urging him to introduce a resolution in honor of Nowruz in the House of Representatives. “The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans has given instrumental support towards this resolution. Their initiative to work with me on the Nowruz resolution has fostered a greater understanding of the Iranian American community, and I look forward to continuing my work with them,” stated Congressman Honda.

 

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NOWRUZ RESOLUTION MAKES HISTORY

Watch Congressman Honda's Statement on the House Floor


Congressman Waxman Signs on to Nowruz Resolution

By PAAIA Editorial Staff

February 22, 2010, Washington, D.C. – Following a meeting with PAAIA on February 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, we are very pleased to report that Congressman Henry Waxman has announced his decision to cosponsor the Nowruz resolution (H.Res. 267). The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of the Persian New Year and expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to U.S. society.

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Representatives Eshoo and Royce Cosponsor the Nowruz Resolution

Nowruz Resolution Continues to Gain Momentum

February 4, 2010, Washington, D.C. – This week two additional members of Congress became cosponsors of H.Res.267, the resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year (Nowruz), bringing the total number of cosponsors to 54. Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA-40th) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA-14th) became the latest Representatives to sign on to H.Res.267, which was passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week.


Breaking News: Nowruz Resolution Gaining Traction

PAAIA Initiative Passes House Committee

By PAAIA Editorial Staff

January 27th, 2010, Washington, D.C. - Today the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed H. Res 267, the resolution in honor of the Iranian New year (Nowruz), therefore moving it one step closer to being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives.

At the urging of PAAIA, Congressman Michael Honda (CA-15th) introduced H.Res. 267 into the House of Representatives on March 19, 2009. The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society, and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.

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Congressman Bilbray Cosponsors Nowruz Resolution

By PAAIA Editorial Staff

 

July 24, 2009, Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50th) today announced that he has cosponsored a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and expressing appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to society.

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NOWRUZ RESOLUTION CONTINUES TO GAIN TRACTION
Congressman Honda Urges Iranian Americans to continue to rally support for the resolution

April 30, 2009, Washington, D.C. - This week six additional members of Congress have become cosponsors of H.Res.267, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 38. Sponsored by Congressman Michael Honda (D-15th/CA), H. Res. 267 is the first measure ever introduced into the United States Congress that recognizes the cultural and historical significance of the Iranian New Year. Furthermore, the bipartisan resolution expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their numerous contributions to American society and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.


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CONGRESSMAN HONDA'S NOWRUZ STATEMENT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR

 

On April 1, 2009, Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-15th) made a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in honor of Nowruz. Congressman Honda is a sponsor of H.Res.267, a resolution recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian new year.

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SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS INTRODUCES NOWRUZ RESOLUTION

March 24, 2009, San Francisco, CA- On March 24, 2009, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced a resolution celebrating the traditional Persian New Year, Nowruz. The resolution urges San Francisco’s representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor H.Res. 267 introduced by Congressman Michael Honda (CA-15th) on March 19, 2009, which recognizes Nowruz and thanks Iranian Americans for their many contributions to American society. The San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s Nowruz resolution was introduced by Supervisors RossMirkarimi, Sophie Maxwell, and Michela Alioto-Pier.

Please click here to read the language of the resolution.

CONGRESSMAN WAXMAN ISSUES STATEMENT ON NOWRUZ FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

 

Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Recognizing the Celebration of Nowruz
Statement for the Record
March 23, 2009

 

Mr. WAXMAN. Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Nowruz, a traditional Persian holiday taking place this week that celebrates the arrival of spring. Dating back more than 3,000 years, Nowruz is observed by millions of people of Persian descent in the United States, Iran, Iraq, Central Asia, and many other regions of the world. The two-week holiday symbolizes renewal, health, happiness, and prosperity.

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CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON NOWRUZ FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
In Recognition of Nowruz, Iranian New Year
Statement for the Record
March 23, 2009

Mrs. MALONEY. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of Nowruz, which marks the traditional Iranian New Year and dates back more than 3,000 years. Nowruz, literally meaning “new day,” celebrates the arrival of spring and occurs on the vernal equinox which this year happened on Friday, March 20th.

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THANK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE FOR SUPPORTING THE NOWRUZ RESOLUTION

March 23, 2009, Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-15th) introduced H.Res.267, a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year, into the House of Representatives on March 19, 2009. The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society, and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.

Take action on the Nowruz Resolution introduced in Congress. If your Representative is already a cosponsor, take the time to thank him or her. If your member of Congress is not a cosponsor, educate them about the Iranian New Year and ask him or her to sign on. Full Text (PDF)

 

PAAIA THANKS PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS NOWRUZ MESSAGE

March 23, 2000, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today congratulated President Barack Obama on his historic Nowruz message.

Last week, President Obama sent a video message extending his best wishes to Iranian Americans and all other Iranians who celebrateNowruz. In its letter to the President, PAAIA expressed its appreciation for President Obama’s thoughtful message and in particular his recognition of our Persian heritage as well as our contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society. PAAIA also reiterated the gratitude of Iranian Americans to the United States for providing us with the opportunity to be a part of this great nation’s rich tapestry, and reaffirmed our commitment to continuing to make ever increasing contributions to our adopted home.

Click here to read PAAIA’s letter to President Obama.

 

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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOWRUZ MESSAGE

March 20, 2009, Washington D.C. - President Obama released a special video message for all those celebrating Nowruz. Translated "New Day," Nowruz marks the arrival of spring and the beginning of the New Year for millions in Iran and other communities around the world. This year, the President wanted to send a special message to the people and government of Iran on Nowruz, acknowledging the strain in our relations over the last few decades. "But at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together," he says.

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NOWRUZ RESOLUTION INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS

March 19, 2009, Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-15th) introduced H.Res.267, a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year, into the House of Representatives on March 19, 2009. The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society, and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.

“The Iranian American community in my 15th District of California,” noted Congressman Honda, “and throughout the US, continues to enrich the diverse tapestry of this great nation. I’m proud to represent a civically engaged Iranian American community, which is actively invested in bettering California’s 15th District. I’m thankful for the contributions Iranian Americans make in all sectors of American public life, including as government, military and law enforcement officials, working to uphold the constitution of the United States and protect all Americans.”

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CONGRESSWOMAN SANCHEZ ISSUES STATEMENT ON NOWRUZ FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez
Persian New Year Resolution
Statement for the Record
March 19, 2009


Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge Nowruz which marks the traditional Iranian New Year and dates back more than 3,000 years. Nowruz, literally meaning “new day,” celebrates the arrival of spring and occurs on the vernal equinox, which this year will happen exactly on Friday, March 20th at 7:44 am eastern daylight time. It symbolizes a time of renewal, harkening the departure from the trials and tribulations of the previous year and bringing hope for the New Year. It is celebrated by more than three hundred million Iranians and other peoples all over the world.

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NOWRUZ: A NEW DAY FOR HUMANITY

Written by Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

March 19, 2009, Washington, D.C. - Nowruz, literally meaning “a new day,” has through the ages lived up to its name in wondrous ways. It has provided the supreme occasion for renewal and rejuvenation, for displaying new resolve in settling old issues, and for making new beginnings. The secret power behind Nowruz’s inexhaustible appeal to the human mind resides in a simple truth: the human need to imagine a ritual that celebrates not this or that nation, people, or culture, but the core of our common humanity. Nowruz does so through our tendency to contemplate nature as it puts on its most magnificent dress at springtime and to think about the relationship between the human community and Mother Nature. Nature’s mysterious ability to renew itself every year thus becomes the manifestation of all our human yearnings.

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