نامه ایرانیان مقیم نیویورک به شهردار: مدافع تحریم‌ها علیه ایران نباشید

آقای بیل د بلاسیو، شهردار محترم نیویورک

ما امضاکنندگان این نامه جمعی از ایرانیان و ایرانی-امریکایی‌های ساکن نیویورک‌‌ هستیم. ما قویاً با سرکوب مردم از هر نژاد و قوم و ملتی که باشند مخالفیم–چه این سرکوب توسط دولت ایران صورت بگیرد، چه توسط ‌دولت امریکا، چه دولت‌های دیگر. شما در کارزار انتخاباتی‌تان از پایان دادن به سیاست‌های نژادپرستانه و تبعیض‌‌آمیزِ پلیسِ نیویورک علیه سیاه‌پوستان و لاتین‌تبارها گفتید که در طرح «ایست و بازرسی» پلیس اجرا می‌شود. ما از فراخوانِ شما استقبال می‌کنیم. بسیاری از ساکنان نیویورک امیدوارند که مدیریتِ جدیدِ شهری به رهبری شما به صدای رسایی برای دفاع از حقوق انسانی و مدنی شهروندان بدل شود

همین تعهد به برقراری عدالت و رعایت حقوق بشر موجب شده که ما با تحریم‌های ویران‌کننده علیه ایران مخالف باشیم. باعث شگفتی و نگرانی ماست که تنها موضع شما در حوزه‌ی سیاست خارجی در مقام وکیل عموم، دفاع از افزایش تحریم‌ها علیه ایران بود. درخواست شما از شهروندان نیویورک برای به‌اجرادرآوردنِ تحریم‌ها از طریق وب‌سایت «ایران واچ‌لیست»، عمیقن ما را نگران کرد چرا که این مواضع به تبعیض‌های نژادی علیه ایرانیان می‌انجامد و اسلام‌هراسیِ پس از یازده سپتامبر را دامن می‌زند. در این مدت، حساب‌های بانکی بعضی از ایرانیان ساکن امریکا به خاطر تحریم‌ها بسته شده و بعضی از فروشگاه‌ها تنها به بهانه‌ی شکل ظاهری یا نام، از ارائه‌ی خدمات به مشتریان ایرانی خود سرباززده‌اند. ما از شما می‌خواهیم که دفاع از تحریم‌ها علیه ایران را از گفتارهای سیاسی آینده‌ی خود حذف کنید. ایرانیان تهدیدی علیه ساکنان نیویورک یا شهروندان امریکایی نیستند و مفتخرند که بخش مهمی از این شهر را شکل می‌دهند

ما هم‌چنین از شما می‌خواهیم که در رابطه‌ی خود با «کمیته‌ی روابط عمومی امریکا و اسرائیل» (ایپک) بازنگری کنید. ماه گذشته در جلسه‌ی خصوصی‌تان با این گروه گفتید: «مدیریت شهر همیشه به روی ایپک باز است. اگر شما [ایپک] در واشنگتن یا هر جای دیگر به من نیاز داشته باشید، با کمال میل در خدمت شما خواهم بود چون این شغل من است.»ا

ما با موضع شما مخالفیم. ایپک مصرانه به دنبال افزایش دشمنی آمریکا نسبت به ایران است، صراحتاً خواهان بیشترشدنِ تحریم‌هاست و تلویحاً امریکا را به آستانه‌ی جنگ می‌کشاند. این سازمان در نامه‌ی خود به اعضای کنگره در سال ۲۰۱۰ خواستار تحریم‌های «کمرشکن» علیه ایران شد. تحریم‌های امریکا علیه ایران شکلی از تنبیهِ دسته‌جمعی است که آسیب‌پذیرترین قشرهای جامعه‌ی ایران را پیش و بیش از هر گروهی هدف قرار می‌دهد. ایپک هم‌چنین یکی از مدافعانِ همیشگیِ نقضِ بی‌رحمانه‌ی حقوق فلسطینیان توسط دولت اسرائیل است

شما به عنوان شهردار نیویورک – یکی از متنوع‌ترین شهرهای جهان – برگزیده شدید تا نماینده‌ی همه‌ی ساکنان این شهر باشید. ما با آن گروه از یهودیان ساکن نیویورک موافقیم که اخیراً در نامه‌ی سرگشاده‌ای به شما نوشته‌اند: «ایپک نماینده‌ی دولت تندروی اسرائیل و طرفداران دستِ راستی‌ آن است و فقط آن‌ها را نمایندگی می‌کند. این سازمان نماینده‌ی ما نیست.»ا

ما امیدواریم هنگام تبیین دورنمای سیاست خارجی‌تان، همه‌ی ما را به یاد داشته باشید و وفاداری بی‌اندازه‌ی خود از این سازمان را پس بگیرید. ایپک مدافع سیاست‌های ویران‌کننده علیه کودکان، زنان و مردان ایرانی – و فلسطینی – است؛ انسان‌هایی که برای بسیاری از شهروندان نیویورک عزیز هستند. وقتی ایپک از تنبیه دسته‌جمعی مردم دفاع می‌کند، یعنی نه آن‌ها نه دولت اسرائیل موافقِ ارزش‌های ما نیستند. اگر کنار آن‌ها بایستید، به ارزش‌های خود برای دفاع از عدالت و حقوق بشر پشت پا زده‌اید

امضاکنندگان (به ترتیب حروف الفبا)
یرواند آبراهامیان، استاد سیاست و تاریخ خاورمیانه و ایران، کالج نیویورک
شجاع آذری، هنرمند
سپیده آذین، معمار
کامروز آرام، هنرمند، استاد دانشگاه نیواسکول
مریم آریایی، گروه فمینیستی رها
بهاره ابن‌علیان
کوروس اسماعیلی، دانشکده‌ی رسانه، فرهنگ و ارتباط، دانشگاه نیویورک
فرید اشکان
پویان اصلانی، دانشگاه نیویورک
میلاد افراسیابی
یحیی الخنسا، موسیقی‌دان
شیلا امین‌مدنی
شیرین برقی، روزنامه‌نگار آزاد
گلبرگ باشی، استاد تاریخ، دانشگاه پیس
آناهیتا بصیرنیا
افشین پرورش، هنرمند
امین ترابخانی
نیما جعفری، معمار
مزدک جعفریان، معمار
سارا حسینی
کوهیار حسینی
مینا خانلرزاده، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه کلمبیا
مانا خرازی
حمید دباشی، استاد ادبیات تطبیقی و ایران‌شناسی، دانشگاه کلمبیا
سمیرا درویشی، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه استونی بروک
سعید دیوان‌بیگی
سینا ذکاوت
حمید رحمانیان، فیلم‌ساز، طراح
رضا رودسری، پزشک
صبا ریاضی، فیلم‌ساز
راستین زرکار، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه نیویورک
بهار سبزواری، هنرمند
مهدی سحرخیز، مدیر هنری
ثمین سجادی
فریده سخایی، هنرمند
نیکی شاه‌حسینی
نرگس شاهرودی
صدرا شهاب، برنامه‌ریز شهری، پرت سنتر
ستاره شهدایی، دانشجوی دکترا، نیواسکول
سامان صراف
محبوبه عباسقلی‌زاده، مدیر زنان تی‌وی
علی عبدی، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه ییل
گلنار عدیلی
محمد عسگری
مهرنوش عقبایی
پدیده علی‌زاده
یاسمین فرهنگ
علی فولادی
غزاله فولادی
هادی قائمی
ستاره قندهاری، گروه فمینیستی رها
آریا قوامیان، فیلم‌ساز
کیانا کریمی
مهدیس کشاورز، مدیر رسانه‌ی میک
آرنگ کشاورزیان، استاد مطالعات ایران و خاورمیانه، دانشگاه نیویورک
فهیمه گوران سوادکوهی
مانی مستوفی
نازگل مشتاقی
سینا مصداقی
ناهید مظفری
علی میرسپاسی، استاد جامعه‌شناسی و مطالعات خاورمیانه، دانشگاه نیویورک
کامران میرفخرایی
سارا نجومی، فیلم‌ساز
نیکی نجومی، هنرمند
منیژه نصرآبادی، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه نیویورک
سارا نفیسی، بروکلین بوتانیک گاردن
نازنین نوروزی
نسیم نوروزی
آذین والی، معمار
شعله وطن‌آبادی
شیما هوشیار، دانشجوی کارشناسی ارشد، دانشگاه نیویورک
حنیف یزدی

Iranians and Iranian-Americans in NYC Release Open Letter To Mayor Bill de Blasio

English and Farsi versions of the letter to New York City mayor Bill de Blasio are below. The letter was also published by Mondoweiss. The Persian translation is available at the end.

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio,

We are a group of Iranians and Iranian-Americans living in New York City. We are firmly committed to opposing state repression — regardless of the race, ethnicity or nationality of the people suffering, and regardless of whether the oppressive government is Iranian, American or otherwise. Throughout your mayoral campaign, we were encouraged by your call for an end to the NYPD’s systemic racial profiling of Black and Latino men under the “stop and frisk” policy. Many New Yorkers hoped that City Hall, under your leadership, would become a new and loud voice for human and civil rights.

That very same commitment to justice and human rights underscores our opposition to the devastating sanctions against the Iranian people. We were surprised and dismayed to find that the single foreign-policy position that you took as Public Advocate was calling for increasing sanctions on Iran. We were deeply concerned to see you encouraged ordinary New Yorkers to enforce the sanctions regime through your “Iran Watch List” web site, thus promoting the profiling of Iranians and aggravating post-9/11 Islamophobia. Because of sanctions, Iranians in the U.S. were arbitrarily chosen to have their bank accounts closed, and refused service at several retail stores, based on their appearance or names alone. We ask that support for sanctions against Iran be excised from your future political messaging. The Iranian people are not a threat to New Yorkers, or to any Americans, and the Iranian diaspora is a proud and integral part of this city.

We also ask that you reconsider your relationship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Last month you addressed a private meeting with this group and said, “City Hall will always be open to AIPAC. When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call and I’ll answer it happily ’cause that’s my job.”

We disagree. AIPAC has relentlessly pressed for a more adversarial U.S. posture against Iran, explicitly promoting increased sanctions and implicitly pushing the U.S. to the brink of war. In a 2010 letter to members of Congress, AIPAC demanded “crippling” new sanctions on Iran. U.S. sanctions on Iran are a form of collective punishment that hurt the most vulnerable members of Iranian society first and foremost. AIPAC has similarly been a consistent supporter of Israel’s atrocious violations of Palestinian human rights.

As the mayor of NYC – one of  the most diverse cities in the world – you were elected to represent all of us who live here. We stand with those Jewish New Yorkers who have recently said in their open letter to you, “AIPAC speaks for Israel’s hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.” We hope that you keep all of us in mind when formulating your foreign policy perspective and withdraw your unqualified loyalty to an organization that promotes policies so destructive to the children, women and men in Iran–and in Palestine–whom so many of your constituents hold dear. When AIPAC promotes collective punishment, neither they, nor the government of Israel, share our values. When you stand by them, you do not stand by us.

Signed,

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Zanan TV Executive Director

Ali Abdi, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University

Ervand Abrahamian, Professor of Iranian and Middle Eastern History and Politics, CUNY

Golnar Adili

Milad Afrasiabi

Padide Alizadeh

Yahya Alkhansa, Musician

Sheila Aminmadani

Kamrooz Aram, Artist and Adjunct Faculty, Parsons The New School for Design

Amir Arman

Maryam Aryai Rivera, Raha Iranian Feminist Collective

Mohammad Asgari

Farid Ashkan

Pooyan Aslani, New York University

Shoja Azari, Artist

Sepideh Azin, Architect

Shirin Barghi, Freelance Journalist

Golbarg Bashi, Professor of History, Pace University

Anahita Basirnia

Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Samira Darvishi, Ph.D. candidate, Stony Brook University

Saeid Divanbeigi

Bahareh Ebnealian

Kouross Esmaeli, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

Yasmine Farhang

Ali Fouladi

Gisela Fouladi

Hadi Ghaemi

Setareh Ghandehari, Raha Iranian Feminist Collective

Arya Ghavamian, Filmmaker

Fahimeh Gooran Savadkoohi

Sara Hosseini

Koohyar Hosseini

Shima Houshyar, MA candidate, NYU

Nima Jafari, Architect

Mazdak Jafarian, Architect

Kiana Karimi

Mahdis Keshavarz, The Make Agency

Arang Keshavarzian, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Mina Khanlarzadeh, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University

Mana Kharrazi

Sina Mesdaghi, Associate at Handel Architects

Kamran Mirfakhraei

Ali Mirsepassi, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology, NYU

Nazgol Moshtaghi

Mani Mostofi

Nahid Mozaffari

Saara Nafici, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Nicky Nodjoumi, Artist

Sara Nodjumi, Filmmaker

Nazanin Norouzi

Naseem Nowruzi

Manijeh Nasrabadi, Ph.D. candidate, NYU

Mehrnoosh Oghbaei

Afshin Parvaresh, Artist

Hamid Rahmanian, Filmmaker/Graphic Artist

Saba Riazi, Filmmaker

Reza Roodsari, MD/MPH

Bahar Sabzevari, Artist

Mehdi Saharkhiz, Art Director

Samin Sajadi

Faride Sakhaei, Artist

Saman Sarraf

Niki Shah Hosseini

Sadra Shahab, City Planner, Pratt Center for Community Development

Narges Shahroudi

Setareh Shohadaei, Ph.D. student New School for Social Research

Amin Torabkhanian

Azin Valy, Architect

Shouleh Vatanabadi

Hanif Yazdi

Rustin Zarkar, Ph.D. student, NYU

Sina Zekavat

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آقای بیل د بلاسیو، شهردار محترم نیویورک

ما امضاکنندگان این نامه جمعی از ایرانیان و ایرانی-امریکایی‌های ساکن نیویورک‌‌ هستیم. ما قویاً با سرکوب مردم از هر نژاد و قوم و ملتی که باشند مخالفیم–چه این سرکوب توسط دولت ایران صورت بگیرد، چه توسط ‌دولت امریکا، چه دولت‌های دیگر.  شما در کارزار انتخاباتی‌تان از پایان دادن به سیاست‌های نژادپرستانه و تبعیض‌‌آمیزِ پلیسِ نیویورک علیه سیاه‌پوستان و لاتین‌تبارها گفتید که در طرح «ایست و بازرسی» پلیس اجرا می‌شود. ما از فراخوانِ شما استقبال می‌کنیم. بسیاری از ساکنان نیویورک امیدوارند که مدیریتِ جدیدِ شهری به رهبری شما به صدای رسایی برای دفاع از حقوق انسانی و مدنی شهروندان بدل شود

همین تعهد به برقراری عدالت و رعایت حقوق بشر موجب شده که ما با تحریم‌های ویران‌کننده علیه ایران مخالف باشیم. باعث شگفتی و نگرانی ماست که تنها موضع شما در حوزه‌ی سیاست خارجی در مقام وکیل عموم، دفاع از افزایش تحریم‌ها علیه ایران بود. درخواست شما از شهروندان نیویورک برای به‌اجرادرآوردنِ تحریم‌ها از طریق وب‌سایت «ایران واچ‌لیست»، عمیقن ما را نگران کرد چرا که این مواضع به تبعیض‌های نژادی علیه ایرانیان می‌انجامد و اسلام‌هراسیِ پس از یازده سپتامبر را دامن می‌زند. در این مدت، حساب‌های بانکی بعضی از ایرانیان ساکن امریکا به خاطر تحریم‌ها بسته شده و بعضی از فروشگاه‌ها تنها به بهانه‌ی شکل ظاهری یا نام، از ارائه‌ی خدمات به مشتریان ایرانی خود سرباززده‌اند. ما از شما می‌خواهیم که دفاع از تحریم‌ها علیه ایران را از گفتارهای سیاسی آینده‌ی خود حذف کنید. ایرانیان تهدیدی علیه ساکنان نیویورک یا شهروندان امریکایی نیستند و مفتخرند که بخش مهمی از این شهر را شکل می‌دهند

ما هم‌چنین از شما می‌خواهیم که در رابطه‌ی خود با «کمیته‌ی روابط عمومی امریکا و اسرائیل» (ایپک) بازنگری کنید. ماه گذشته در جلسه‌ی خصوصی‌تان با این گروه گفتید: «مدیریت شهر همیشه به روی ایپک باز است. اگر شما [ایپک] در واشنگتن یا هر جای دیگر به من نیاز داشته باشید، با کمال میل در خدمت شما خواهم بود چون این شغل من است.» ء

ما با موضع شما مخالفیم. ایپک مصرانه به دنبال افزایش دشمنی آمریکا نسبت به ایران است، صراحتاً خواهان بیشترشدنِ تحریم‌هاست و تلویحاً امریکا را به آستانه‌ی جنگ می‌کشاند. این سازمان در نامه‌ی خود به اعضای کنگره در سال ۲۰۱۰ خواستار تحریم‌های «کمرشکن» علیه ایران شد. تحریم‌های امریکا علیه ایران شکلی از تنبیهِ دسته‌جمعی است که آسیب‌پذیرترین قشرهای جامعه‌ی ایران را پیش و بیش از هر گروهی هدف قرار می‌دهد. ایپک هم‌چنین یکی از مدافعانِ همیشگیِ نقضِ بی‌رحمانه‌ی حقوق فلسطینیان توسط دولت اسرائیل است

شما به عنوان شهردار نیویورک – یکی از متنوع‌ترین شهرهای جهان – برگزیده شدید تا نماینده‌ی همه‌ی ساکنان این شهر باشید. ما با آن گروه از یهودیان ساکن نیویورک موافقیم که اخیراً در نامه‌ی سرگشاده‌ای به شما نوشته‌اند: «ایپک نماینده‌ی دولت تندروی اسرائیل و طرفداران دستِ راستی‌ آن است و فقط آن‌ها را نمایندگی می‌کند. این سازمان نماینده‌ی ما نیست.»

ما امیدواریم هنگام تبیین دورنمای سیاست خارجی‌تان، همه‌ی ما را به یاد داشته باشید و وفاداری بی‌اندازه‌ی خود از این سازمان را پس بگیرید. ایپک مدافع سیاست‌های ویران‌کننده علیه کودکان، زنان و مردان ایرانی – و فلسطینی – است؛ انسان‌هایی که برای بسیاری از شهروندان نیویورک عزیز هستند. وقتی ایپک از تنبیه دسته‌جمعی مردم دفاع می‌کند، یعنی نه آن‌ها نه دولت اسرائیل موافقِ ارزش‌های ما نیستند. اگر کنار آن‌ها بایستید، به ارزش‌های خود برای دفاع از عدالت و حقوق بشر پشت پا زده‌اید

یروند آبراهامیان، استاد سیاست و تاریخ خاورمیانه و ایران، کالج نیویورک

شجاع آذری، هنرمند

سپیده آذین، معمار

کامروز آرام، هنرمند، استاد دانشگاه نیواسکول

مریم آریایی، گروه فمینیستی رها

بهاره ابن‌علیان

کوروس اسماعیلی، دانشکده‌ی رسانه، فرهنگ و ارتباط، دانشگاه نیویورک

فرید اشکان

پویان اصلانی، دانشگاه نیویورک

میلاد افراسیابی

یحیی الخنسا، موسیقی‌دان

شیلا امین‌مدنی

شیرین برقی، روزنامه‌نگار آزاد

گلبرگ باشی، استاد تاریخ، دانشگاه پیس

آناهیتا بصیرنیا

افشین پرورش، هنرمند

امین ترابخانی

نیما جعفری، معمار

مزدک جعفریان، معمار

سارا حسینی

کوهیار حسینی

مینا خانلرزاده، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه کلمبیا

مانا خرازی

حمید دباشی، استاد ادبیات تطبیقی و ایران‌شناسی، دانشگاه کلمبیا

سمیرا درویشی، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه استونی بروک

سعید دیوان‌بیگی

سینا ذکاوت

حمید رحمانیان، فیلم‌ساز، طراح

رضا رودسری، پزشک

صبا ریاضی، فیلم‌ساز

راستین زرکار، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه نیویورک

بهار سبزواری، هنرمند

مهدی سحرخیز، مدیر هنری

ثمین سجادی

فریده سخایی، هنرمند

نیکی شاه‌حسینی

نرگس شاهرودی

صدرا شهاب، برنامه‌ریز شهری، پرت سنتر

ستاره شهدایی، دانشجوی دکترا، نیواسکول

سامان صراف

محبوبه عباسقلی‌زاده، مدیر زنان تی‌وی

علی عبدی، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه ییل

گلنار عدیلی

محمد عسگری

مهرنوش عقبایی

پدیده علی‌زاده

یاسمین فرهنگ

علی فولادی

غزاله فولادی

هادی قائمی

ستاره قندهاری، گروه فمینیستی رها

آریا قوامیان، فیلم‌ساز

کیانا کریمی

مهدیس کشاورز، رسانه‌ی میک

آرنگ کشاورزیان، استاد مطالعات ایران و خاورمیانه، دانشگاه نیویورک

فهیمه گوران سوادکوهی

مانی مستوفی

نازگل مشتاقی

سینا مصداقی

ناهید مظفری

علی میرسپاسی، استاد جامعه‌شناسی و مطالعات خاورمیانه، دانشگاه نیویورک

کامران میرفخرایی

سارا نجومی، فیلم‌ساز

نیکی نجومی، هنرمند

منیژه نصرآبادی، دانشجوی دکترا، دانشگاه نیویورک

سارا نفیسی، بروکلین بوتانیک گاردن

نازنین نوروزی

نسیم نوروزی

آذین والی، معمار

شعله وطن‌آبادی

شیما هوشیار، دانشجوی کارشناسی ارشد، دانشگاه نیویورک

حنیف یزدی

Press Statement: Obama and Rouhani—A Call To Action

Press Statement
Obama and Rouhani—A Call To Action From US-Based Iranians and Their Allies

September 24, 2013, New York—Within hours of speeches by the presidents of the United States and Iran before the United Nations General Assembly, the New York City-based organization Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression brought its message against war and sanctions and for the rights of the Iranian people to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan.

Hassan Rouhani’s first visit to the UN as president of Iran comes on the heels of his recent electoral victory—a victory which would not have been possible without the votes of millions of people. Many Iranians view Rouhani’s election and the recent release of roughly a dozen political prisoners as hopeful signs, but have yet to see the broader changes Iranian society urgently needs.

When Iranian voters chose Rouhani, a moderate candidate, to be president, they likely forced a toning down of rhetoric from the Obama administration. While that is encouraging, military action against Iran is still “on the table,” and the devastating US-led sanctions against Iranians—which are really a form of war—unfortunately continue.

Havaar said, “We stand here today to demand an end to the cruel and unjust sanctions regime imposed on the Iranian people by the United States, and an end to threats of war from both the United States and Israel. At the same time, we echo the demands of millions of Iranians—many of whom voted for Mr. Rouhani—for the continued release of political prisoners, social justice for women, and an end to the repression of trade unions and freedom of the press in Iran.”

Havaar was joined by allies from other anti-war and social justice organizations as members carried large signs bearing slogans in English and Farsi such as “Lift The Sanctions,” “Bombing My Family Is Not An Option,” and “Free All Political Prisoners.”

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Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression is a grassroots group of Iranians, Iranian-Americans and allies who have joined together to categorically oppose any military action and sanctions against Iran. Havaar stands in solidarity with the Iranian people’s struggle against war and sanctions and against state repression, asserting that all of these forms of violence hurt the lives and aspirations of ordinary Iranians. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website.

Obama and Rouhani–A Call to Action, Tuesday, September 24th, Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, 5pm

Green or PurpleWhat: Obama and Rouhani–A Call to Action

When: Tuesday, September 24th, Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, 5pm

Where: Manhattan, New York City, 47th street at 2nd avenue

هم زمان با اجلاس سالیانه‌ی سازمان ملل و حضور رئیس جمهور منتخب در نیویورک، گرد هم جمع می شویم تا از یک طرف از دولت های غربی بخواهیم که با زبان تهدید و تحریم و جنگ با مردم ایران سخن نگویند و از طرفی خواستار تحقق مطالبات مدنی ایرانیان از رئیس جمهور منتخب شویم؛ از جمله برداشته شدن حصر، بازگشت دانشجویان به دانشگاه، بازگشایی نهادهای صنفی و مدنی، حمایت از اقشار آسیب‌پذیر و غیره

تاریخ برگزاری تجمع: سه شنبه، ۲۴ سپتامبر،‌ ساعت ۵ بعدازظهر

47th street at 2nd avenue

لطفن به دوستان‌تان خبر دهید

This week, Hassan Rouhani will attend the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as president of Iran. Rouhani’s election was a hopeful moment for many Iranians, and the recent release of Nasrin Sotoudeh and at least a dozen other political prisoners is cause for celebration, particularly for their families.

On the diplomatic front, the bellicose rhetoric from the Obama administration has recently been punctuated by renewed intimations of dialogue, though so far we still haven’t seen any concrete actions or initiatives from Washington.

While we welcome these positive developments, Havaar believes grassroots pressure pushing for an end to threats of war, the ongoing sanctions that continue to harm average Iranians, and state repression are needed today more than ever.

Please join Havaar this Tuesday at the UN as we make the following calls to action to the presidents and governments of the United States and Iran.

To Obama:

  • Will you lift the sanctions and stop collectively punishing the Iranian people, who are suffering terribly?
  • Will you stop saying “all options are on the table” and declare that there will be no military intervention in Iran?
  • Will you lead the global nuclear disarmament movement by taking major unilateral steps to eliminate the U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons?
  • Will you promote peace in the Middle East by supporting a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the region?
  • Will you put the real needs of the American people and the environment ahead of geopolitics?

To Rouhani:

  • Will you direct your efforts towards releasing political prisoners, including religious and ethnic minorities?
  • Will our trade unions live? Will your government stop repression of strikes and independent workers organizations?
  • Will restrictions on journalists be removed? Will censorship be lifted?
  • Will you push for social justice for women? Will women’s equal access to all fields of higher education be restored?
  • Will you initiate anti-poverty and job creation programs?

We look forward to seeing many of you in Manhattan this Tuesday! Please be sure to forward this announcement widely and respond on our Facebook event page if you will be attending.

In solidarity,

Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression

Up close and personal: New articles detail the impact of sanctions on everyday life

As the US sanctions against Iran steadily erode living standards for ordinary Iranians, threatening the health and futures of millions of people, some excellent new investigative reporting is shedding light on just how the sanctions wreak their havoc. Two new articles look at the disproportionate effects on women, the sick and the poor. “When I Ran Out of Birth Control in Iran“, by Narges Bajoghli, provides a close-up look at the crisis in women’s reproductive health. “The Effects of The Economic Sanctions Against Iran“, by Mina Khanlarzadeh, combines first-hand accounts of life under the current sanctions regime with a history and analysis of sanctions as a form of slow violence and collective punishment.

 

The 2013 Iranian Presidential Elections

Solidarity with the democratic movement in Iran!

Lift U.S. sanctions against Iran! End collective punishment of the Iranian people!

Along with millions of people both inside and outside of Iran, we are deeply inspired by the determination of the Iranian people to use the June 14th elections to press the realization of their own democratic aspirations. Hassan Rouhani won a decisive victory over five other candidates in the first round of voting, securing 50.7 percent of the more than 36 million votes cast in a massive turnout, with 72.7 percent of eligible voters casting their ballots. Rouhani describes himself as a “moderate,” and he has not challenged the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic. Nor does his election change the fact the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard continue to control the most important levers of power. Nonetheless in the course of the election campaign Rouhani took several stands that encouraged people who are dissatisfied with the Iranian government to vote for him: for example, he criticized the morality police, called for lifting restrictions on the Internet, lamented the fact of widespread unemployment, and declared that, “in consensus with higher officials,” political prisoners would be freed.

Despite relentless political repression and massive economic instability, medical shortages, inflation, unemployment, etc., exacerbated by U.S. sanctions, the popular democratic movement in Iran has shown itself to be remarkably resilient: tens of thousands of Iranians marched in cities across the country on June 15th to celebrate the election results, and their chants and slogans such as the following showed the enduring momentum for change and a desire to keep alive the memory of those who lost their lives during 2009′s post election uprisings:

  • Green movement! Happy Birthday!
  • This is the remembrance of 2009 protests
  • Hassan (Rouhani)! bring the key, and open the Evin prison
  • June 14th gets our stolen votes back
  • Green movement/reform has not died, it has brought Rouhani
  • Rouhani do not forget, Mousavi must be released

In response to the Iranian elections, the White House and Secretary of State John Kerry praised the “courage” of the Iranian people, attempting to position the United States on their side against their government. But the administration’s tribute is blatantly hypocritical: U.S.-led sanctions are directly contributing to the suffering of these “courageous” people, particularly most recently. In the run up to the elections, the U.S. escalated sanctions against the petro-chemical industry, the car industry and the Iranian currency itself, greatly exacerbating the difficulties Iranians already encounter in meeting the needs of everyday life. Instead of offering empty phrases of admiration for the Iranian people, the U.S. should lift sanctions now and stop the collective punishment and intimidation of ordinary Iranians.

As the Iranian people continue to resist from below the many sources of oppression they face, both internally and from U.S./Israeli aggression, we in Havaar call on the Obama administration to lift all sanctions on Iran immediately and stop the devastation of millions of Iranians’ lives. For example, there is an urgent and proliferating health care crisis caused directly by sanctions on “dual use” goods and on hard currency needed to buy medicine and medical supplies. As Iranian hospitals run out of essential medications and the parts to fix medical equipment, more patients will die prematurely of easily preventable deaths. Havaar has launched a campaign to enforce the exemption for humanitarian goods, including medicine, and we urge the Obama administration to issue an unequivocal statement to banks that they will not be penalized for facilitating the purchase of items that fall under the exemption clause and to provide a clear exemption from banking sanctions for humanitarian transactions. This can be a first step towards alleviating the harsh effects of the U.S. sanctions program.

We congratulate the millions of Iranians who seized this electoral moment to show yet again the political force they are. And we call on President Rouhani and the new Iranian government to live up to the hopes of the people who voted for change. We call for the freeing of Green movement leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and all political prisoners, and for an end, at last, to state repression in Iran. Movements for women’s rights, labor rights, and all human rights need the freedom to organize without fear of governmental punishment.

We furthermore call on our government here in the United States to stop adding to the burdens Iranians face and lift the sanctions and end the war threats now!

 

 

Havaar’s campaign against sanctions on Iran is gaining steam

A few weeks ago Havaar launched our campaign calling on major bank CEOs to allow financial transactions for purchases of medicine and medical supplies for Iranians.

We feel very encouraged and empowered by the responses we have received from some of the people who signed the petition:

Sanctions, “smart” or comprehensive, are a form of warfare and a blunt weapon of aggression on the most vulnerable citizens, including infants, children and the aged. When the Health Sector is endangered as in Iran today, loss of life results – demonstrating how Sanctions constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Sanctions do not destroy governments, they destroy the basic human rights of human beings.

Denis J. Halliday
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq from 1 September 1997 until 1998.

Campaigners dedicated to ending economic sanctions against Iraq learned from Iraqi mothers and children about how lethally punitive economic sanctions could be.  The pediatrics wards of Iraqi hospitals were like death rows for infants.  Now, ordinary Iranians with minimal capacity to control their government are nevertheless being punished by economic sanctions which forbid them access to life saving medicines.  The Havaar campaign needs and deserves support from civil society around the world.

Kathy Kelly
Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and a co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end economic sanctions against Iraq.

The U.S.-imposed sanctions regime has inflicted great suffering upon the Iranian people.  As people of conscience, have to speak out and act decisively to end the sanctions and to ensure that Iranians have adequate access to life saving medicine and other necessities.

Azadeh Shahshahani
President, National Lawyers Guild.

We cannot condone the use of sanctions that are causing untold suffering to the Iranian people, as they deprive them of the most basic necessities in life, and are directed against a country that does not pose a danger to the United States. it is important then that we support the campaign HAVAAR is organizing.

Silvia Federici
Professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor.

Other prominent signers include Anthony Alessandrini, Tariq Ali, Stanley Aronowitz, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Arun Gupta, Chris Hedges, Zachary Lockman, David McReynolds, Molly Nolan, Vijay Prashad, Chris Toensing, Adaner Usmani and Julia Wrigley.

Sanctions as a Tool of War: A Comparative Look at Iraq and Iran

A Havaar forum hosted by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Skylight Room (Room 9100)
365 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016

April 29, 7PM-9PM

Sanctions are still presented in mainstream political discussion as a peaceful alternative to military intervention. But the experience of Iraqis, whose society was devastated by over ten years of harsh economic sanctions, shows us that sanctions against countries that defy Washington are a form of collective punishment used to augment the effects of war and/or lay the groundwork for war. While sanctions against Iran have yet to reach the levels and effects experienced in Iraq, there is much to be learned by placing these two different cases in a common frame. How are sanctions used by the US as part of its efforts to dominate the Middle East? What are the effects they have on everyday life and on social movements? And how have activists attempted to organize transnational solidarity to oppose sanctions? This event will look at previous campaigns against sanctions in Iraq and help launch a new campaign against the medical shortages caused by sanctions against Iran.

Speakers:

Dr. Joy Gordon is a philosophy professor at Fairfield University, JD from Boston University School of Law, PhD from Yale. Published extensively on the UN sanctions on Iraq, including “Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions” (Harvard University Press 2010). Currently completing a book on the ethical aspects of economic sanctions. Recent work on the Iran sanctions includes “UN Sanctions on Iran: The Dance of Mutual Deniability

Denis J. Halliday worked for the UN for 34 years – first as junior officer in Iran (1964-66), and finally as UN Assistant Secretary-General 1994-98. He volunteered to be the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq in 1997 and remained in his post until 1998 when he resigned in protest of the sanctions.

Hadi Kahalzadeh served as an economist for Iran’s Social Security Organization from 2003 to 2011. He was a member of the Iranian Students Office for Consolidating Unity (Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat), the only democratically elected student body across the country. After graduating, he joined the progressive political party, the Iranian Alumni Organization, which was a strong ally of student, women’s rights, and labor movements. In 2006, Hadi was elected as a member of board of directors of Iran Parties House (IPH). He currently serves as a visiting scholar at the department of political science at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

Bitta Mostofi currently is a nonprofit, immigrant rights attorney. She has also worked as a civil rights attorney and served on the board of directors of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Bitta has participated in anti-war and anti-sanctions campaigns, and was a co-coordinator for the Voices in the Wilderness; Iraq Peace Team from 2002-2003. In recent years Bitta has co-founded and worked with Where is my Vote, New York, which formed in the after math of the highly disputed 2009 Iranian presidential elections. WIMV-NY strives to raise the level of international solidarity with the citizens of Iran in their movement towards social justice and democratic change and to speak out against the Iranian state’s human rights violations.

Sina is a founding member of Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression and an organizer with Havaar’s campaign to alleviate sanctions-related medical shortages in Iran.

Co-sponsored by Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions and State Repression, Raha Iranian Feminist Collective, the Campaign for Peace and Democracy and the War Resisters League.

Please RSVP to our event posting on Facebook and help us spread the word.

Havaar Launches Campaign to Help Iranians Access Life Saving Medicine

 

Sign the Petition Now by Clicking Here!

designed by Asal Farshchi

designed by Asal Farshchi

Sanctions against Iran are often presented as a humane alternative to war, but in fact they have caused massive economic hardship and a social crisis in Iranian society that has reached life-threatening proportions. The U.S.-led sanctions regime is strangling the Iranian people, cutting off trade relations, financial transactions, and access to vital goods. The results have been stark and devastating: currency devaluation, skyrocketing inflation, factory closures, layoffs, unpaid wages, and now a major healthcare crisis.

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Without access to the international banking system, Iranians are finding it increasingly difficult to import life-saving medicines or the raw materials for many domestically-made drugs—a situation which a January 8, 2013 Associated Press report deemed “a sign of the domino effect of sanctions on everyday life.” The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. agency that regulates sanctions, has officially exempted medicine-related transactions as a humanitarian gesture. However, at this point few banks are willing to do business with Iranian pharmaceutical importers. Shortages and steep price increases of drugs used to treat cancer, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis and other ailments have put hundreds of thousands at risk and resulted in an unknown but increasing number of deaths.

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This amounts to collective punishment of an entire population. Sanctions and the constant threat of military intervention by the U.S. and Israel target the very people who have already been struggling to live under a corrupt government that has mismanaged the economy and thwarted basic democratic rights. The resulting state of emergency in Iran has only strengthened the hand of government officials  who seek to crush popular movements inside the country under the pretext of defending national security.

Havaar continues to speak out against this silent war, and today we are announcing an effort to pressure international banking institutions to process financial transactions related to the importation of medicine so that Iranians can acquire life-saving drugs.

We are asking individuals and organizations to join us by signing our petition addressed to CEOs of major banks. This petition is just the first step in a broader campaign against the entire sanctions regime: rather than being an alternative to war, sanctions wreak havoc on the life chances of entire populations and are often used to pave the way for military intervention, as our brothers and sisters in Iraq have experienced firsthand.

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Havaar’s guiding principle is to stand in solidarity with the Iranian people. Therefore, we will continue to actively oppose threats of military attack from the U.S. and Israel—as well as other forms of external intervention in Iran—and the repression that the Iranian government continues to direct against its own people.

Please sign the petition today, share it on social networks, and be sure to follow Havaar on Facebook for future updates.

Peace and solidarity,
Havaar

Havaar Joins Coalition to Prevent the Blockade of Humanitarian Exemptions

FCNL led a broad coalition of 25 national organizations, including Havaar, calling on President Barack Obama to take action to ensure that Iranian civilians are not blocked from accessing food, medicine, and other humanitarian goods under existing U.S. sanctions.

According to recent reports, a growing number of Iranians are facing difficulties accessing food and medicine, in part due to sanctions imposed by the United States. The Iranian government’s mismanagement and lack of economic transparency has also worsened the situations for Iranian patients, but there are still simple actions that the U.S. government can take to ensure that Iranians are not blocked from accessing food and medicine due to the U.S. sanctions regime.

To read the full letter and names of signatories, please click here.