Medea Benjamin’s book on Iran
Check out Medea Benjamin’s latest book Inside Iran: The Real History of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Get your copy here!
In 1979, the Iranian Revolution brought a Shia theocracy to the 80 million inhabitants of the Middle East’s second largest country. In the decades since, bitter relations have persisted between the U.S. and Iran. Yet how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism, when Saudi Arabia, a regime that is even more repressive, remains one of America’s closest allies? In the first general-audience book on the subject, Medea Benjamin elucidates the mystery behind this complex relationship, recounting Iran’s history from the pre-colonial period, through the CIA-engineered coup that overthrew the country’s democratic leadership in 1953, to its emergence as the one nation Democrats and Republicans alike regularly unite in denouncing. Benjamin draws upon her firsthand experiences with Iranian politicians, activists, and everyday citizens to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Iranian society and the nation’s role in the region. Tackling the contradictions in Iran’s system of government, its religiosity, and its citizens’ way of life, Inside Iran makes short work of the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations, and presents a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations’ future.
Medea is traveling around the US (and the world!) with her book. If you're interested in bringing her to your community, or scheduling a press interview then email Brienne at email@example.com.
Medea's Upcoming Book Tour Dates
Wednesday, September 5th at 6pm CDT
Kabobi Fresh Mediterranean
100 S Central Expy #49
Richardson , TX 75080
RSVP and purchase tickets here!
Thursday, September 20th at 6pm EST
100 McCaul St
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada
Sunday, September 23rd at 2pm EST
123 Wynford Dr
Toronto, ON M3C 1K1, Canada
Wednesday, September 26th at 6pm EST
60 Lake St
Burlington , VT 05401
Past Actions on Iran
The purpose of the Iran Summit was to highlight the Trump administration’s hawkish policies on Iran that could lead us into another war, and examine how to reverse course. We also had a beautiful Iranian art exhibit provided by Aftab Committee, calligraphy, music, photo booth and other cultural activities. Check out an archive of our summit here!
Visited the UK, France, German, Russian, Chinese, and Iranian embassies to deliver thank you notes for upholding the Iran deal!
The 2015 Iran Deal was passed thanks to grassroots activism across the country. CODEPINK and others:
- Walked the halls of Congress, lobbying and visiting with undecided representatives
- Called out war criminal Dick Cheney at his major Iran speech
- Helped organize a press conference with speakers that included Sarah Shourd, US journalist imprisoned in Iran for over 400 days
- Held a sit-in (and dropped a 20-foot banner) to call out Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer for opposing the deal
- Created a peaceful presence at the fear-mongering rally featuring Donald Trump and Ted Cruz
- Did a Light Brigade vigil on the Capitol steps to “Seal the Deal”
- Slideshow of actions in DC and around the US
We Love Iranians
Record a message of peace to the Iranian people and upload it onto Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using our hashtag #peacewithIran. Use this sample script to practice a phrase in Persian, or feel free to make up your own message. Don’t worry about pronunciation. Iranians will be delighted by your effort to communicate and spread a message of peace.
The Steps are Simple
Select a message from one of the examples provided that resonates with you. Record yourself saying you stand with the people of Iran and peace. Share publicly on social media and use hashtag #peacewithIran
man (insert your name) hastam
Maa mikhaeem doost basheem
Va baham dar sol zendegi konim
Na tahreem, na jang
Beh omeed-eh didar
I’m (insert your name)
We want to be friends
And together live in peace
No sanctions, no war
Hope to see you soon!
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Take More Actions on Social Media!
Iranian citizens are suffering, and it’s about to get worse. In May, Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the reimposition of sanctions on Iran. This was a deal designed around peace and now people are suffering from the sanctions by this warhawk Trump administration. A second round of even more devastating sanctions will go into effect November 5th. This will mean more Iranians will suffer and we may well be headed towards war. We want to show the Iranian people that we don’t support sanctions or military intervention. We want to tell the Iranian people that while our governments may fight, we can be friends.
Iran Advocacy Toolkit
In a historic move, Senator Tom Udall has introduced S.1039 - The Prevention of an Unconstitutional War Iran Act 2019. This bill underscores Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution that Congress has the sole power to declare war. The aim for this act is to stop Trump and his warmongering advisors drag us into a war with Iran without congressional support.
Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo have crafted a maximum pressure campaign that has placed some of the most destructive sanctions that are hurting the Iranian people. Time and time again, the Trump administration has made it clear that they want the Iranian regime to topple or give in to U.S. demands. Trump violated the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement made between the U.S., Iran, Europe, Russia, and China. He has placed a Muslim ban that has separated families and tough sanctions that have caused tremendous hardships for the Iranian people. In his most recent action, Trump has designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization and in retaliation, Iran has named the U.S. Central Command as a terrorist organization. We must not repeat the same mistakes of the past and let the Trump administration use the failed Iraq playbook to drag us into military intervention with Iran aimed at regime change. Congress must take immediate action to prevent any military escalation between the U.S. and Iran.
Timeline of Trump Administration Escalating Conflict with Iran:
- Trump withdrawal from historic Iran nuclear deal.
- Bolton speaks at Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) rally and calls for end of Iranian regime by 2018.
- First round of sanctions hits Iran in August.
- Trump tweets explosive threat to Iran’s President.
- Trump tweets Game of Thrones inspired poster about Iran sanctions.
- Second round of sanctions hits Iran in November.
- Bolton calls for military strike plans from the pentagon on Iran.
- Pompeo plans an anti-Iran summit in Warsaw, Poland.
- Trump designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.
Thank you, Senators, for supporting peace and diplomacy with Iran:
Sample Social Media Messages to Share:
Hey @____, Trump and his advisors are beating the drums for war with Iran. Will you cosponsor @SenatorTomUdall bill to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran?
STOP Bolton and Pompeo from provoking military confrontation with Iran. Be a cosponsor of @SenatorTomUdall bill S.1039 to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran. https://www.codepink.org/noiranwar
Trump and his warmongering advisors are provoking a war with Iran. Congress must act now to stop Trump from dragging us into another war in the Middle East. https://www.codepink.org/noiranwar
Bolton and Pompeo are ripping the same failed tactics from the Iraq playbook on Iran. We need diplomacy and peace with Iran. Congress must assert its war powers to prevent this admin from instigating military intervention with Iran.
Email Template to Set Up a Meeting:
You want to set up a meeting with your Senators to be a cosponsor of S.1039--that’s wonderful! One of the most effective things you can do is show up and meet with your Senators and talk about why we need to prevent this administration from dragging us into another war in the Middle East. Use this sample email template to send to your Senator’s scheduler.
Dear (scheduler’s name),
I am writing to you as a constituent and member of CODEPINK to request a meeting with the Senator or a staffer to discuss actions Congress can take to prevent a war with Iran.
I am deeply concerned by the Trump administration provoking a war with Iran that is ripped from the same pages of the failed Iraq playbook. Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, appointing John Bolton as National Security Advisor, and classifying Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization are just a few indications that worry us about future escalations. There is new bipartisan legislation, S.1039 The Prevention of an Unconstitutional War with Iran Act 2019 introduced by Senator Udall that will reassert Congress’ war powers. I would be happy to discuss with the Senator or a staffer the importance of supporting this bill.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please feel free to contact me at (email) or (phone) if you have any questions.
- Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war. Which makes it clear that it is illegal to attack Iran under the War Powers Act and U.S. constitution. Congress must act now to reaffirm its powers and not let the administration take us into another costly war.
- National Security Advisor John Bolton has been obsessed with war with Iran for many years. In September 2018, he sought plans to strike Iran, a move that worried defense officials that war was imminent. He published an article in 2015 titled To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran and gave a speech in 2018 claiming that he would overthrow Iran’s regime before 2019. Congress must not let John Bolton overstep his boundaries and start a war with Iran.
- This is a repeat of the Iraq war lead up. The Trump administration is framing Iran as the greatest threats the U.S. faces similar to how Bush portrayed Iraq and Saddam Hussein. They are attempting to sell false narrative by cherry-picking issues that will fit their narrative for regime change and destabilization in Iran. The Trump administration complains that Iran has not met its obligations under the Iran nuclear deal. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the organization monitoring Iran’s compliance to the nuclear agreement, has confirmed 14 consecutive reports that Iran is adhering to the deal. Trump’s own CIA intelligence confirmed that Iran is still complying with the Iran nuclear agreement.
- Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign weakens moderates and reformists in Iran. This diminishes the chances for engagement and diplomacy.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo organized an anti-Iran summit in Warsaw, Poland. In February 2019 Pompeo invited 70 countries to discuss a new pressure campaign with our allies against Iran.
- Classifying Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization can lead to an escalation in the Middle East. In retaliation, Iran has named the U.S. Central Command as a foreign terrorist organization. The IRGC and U.S. have often worked jointly in Syria and Iraq against ISIS. Pompeo and Bolton’s goals are to stir up more conflict in the region in order to justify U.S. intervention.