Iran

Issue Details

 (CODEPINKers and allies at one of numerous actions in front of the White House, supporting the nuclear deal with Iran.)

In 2015 we successfully defended diplomacy. Now we need to do it again!

The the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a.k.a. the Iran Deal, has somewhat miraculously survived one year of the Trump presidency. But it’s definitely not time to celebrate yet.  

In October of 2017, Trump decertified the deal, claiming that the legislation was not in the “interest of the US.” Instead of killing the deal directly, the White House passed the problem to Congress, giving them an ultimatum of unilaterally changing the terms or threatening to scrap it altogether.

On January 12, 2018, Trump once again extended Congress’s deadline for the deal, but said that this would be the last time he waived the sanctions unless “terrible flaws” in the internationally recognized accord are supposedly fixed. But these “flaws” are nothing more than a cover up to challenge a deal that has been accepted by the international community and has prevented war.

The UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran have continued to support the agreement. Trump’s threats of pulling out of the deal not only jeopardize peace with Iran, but will also isolate the US from its European allies.

To make matters worse, Trump announced additional sanctions against Iran in response to human rights abuses that have occured during recent protests. Rather than support the Iranian people, as the administrators claims the decision is meant to do, it places more economic limitations that harms the Iranian people.

Enough is enough. Trump’s threats and ultimatums have no place in diplomacy. It’s time to stop this administration from putting us on a warpath with Iran. We must  call for peace and diplomacy!

Keep the Iran Deal in Place!

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On Friday, Donald Trump struck a major blow to diplomacy by refusing to say the truth: that Iran has been complying with the nuclear deal. Now the administration wants Congress, in the next 60 days, to pass legislation that would kill the agreement. We can’t let that happen!

Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Bob Corker have introduced dangerous legislation that would amend the “sunset clause” and add “triggers” to automatically impose new sanctions within a year of Iran gaining nuclear capabilities. It is an attempt to re-negotiate an international agreement, and it would put us on a dangerous path towards war. Iran’s compliance with the deal has been certified in eight reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the past two years. The other six countries involved in the deal want it to be maintained. Trump’s refusal to certify the agreement has already isolated us from our allies. Destroying the deal, as Cotton-Corker bill would do, would free up Iran to rapidly reconstitute its nuclear program. It would also send a dangerous signal to North Korea not to engage in talks. Read Medea’s article in TruthDig, 10 Reasons the U.S. Should Stick with the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Tell your Senators to oppose the Cotton-Corker bill. Ask them to respect our international obligations by taking leadership to protect the Iran deal.


LETTER TO YOUR SENATOR:

Medea Benjamin’s book on Iran

Screen_Shot_2018-01-22_at_4.13.38_PM.pngCheck 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 brienne@codepink.org

Medea's Upcoming Book Tour Dates

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Sunday, September 23rd at 2pm EST

Noor Cultural Centre
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Toronto, ON M3C 1K1, Canada
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Wednesday, September 26th at 6pm EST

Peace & Justice Center
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Burlington , VT 05401
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Past Actions on Iran

2017

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Visited the UK, France, German, Russian, Chinese, and Iranian embassies to deliver thank you notes for upholding the Iran deal!

2015

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The 2015 Iran Deal was passed thanks to grassroots activism across the country. CODEPINK and others:

2012

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Preserve the Iran Deal

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If the US pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal, as President Trump is threatening to do on May 12, we could be careening down the path of another catastrophic, senseless war in the Middle East. Your representatives in Congress must do everything they can to limit Trump‘s ability to destroy the nuclear agreement. Send them a message now:

Diplomacy with Iran

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Now that Trump has met with Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin, he should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as well. Tell Congress to support diplomacy by urging Trump to have a summit with Rouhani and rejoin the Iran nuclear deal!

 

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


Poster

Print this poster (8.5 x 11 or 17 x 11 inches) to hold while you record your message. You can also make your own poster or record without one.

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Persian Message

Salam 
man (insert your name) hastam
Maa mikhaeem doost basheem
Va baham dar sol zendegi konim
Na tahreem, na jang
Beh omeed-eh didar

English Message

Hello
I’m (insert your name)
We want to be friends 
And together live in peace
No sanctions, no war
Hope to see you soon!

Listen and Learn How to Pronounce Your Persian Message clicking by here!


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Learn More

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.

Summit on Peace With Iran

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You can tune into the Peace with Iran Summit Livestream on https://www.facebook.com/codepinkalert/. 

What: A Day-Long Summit on Peace With Iran

When: 9am-5pm, Saturday, December 1, 2018

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Cost: $10–$100 Sliding Scale. Make your payment here!

Watch Online


Why Do We Need a Summit on Iran?

The purpose of the Iran Summit is to highlight the Trump administration’s hawkish policies on Iran that could lead us into another war, and examine how to reverse course. We will also have a beautiful Iranian art exhibit provided by Aftab Committee, calligraphy, music, photo booth and other cultural activities. 

The Summit comes at a time where tensions between U.S and Iran are escalating. The reimposition of sanctions following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is causing tremendous hardship for the Iranian people. The Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban is making it difficult for Iranians to travel to the United States, separating thousands of families.

Adding to this uncertainty are terrorist attacks, human rights violations and a strengthening of conservative forces inside Iran, proxy wars raging in the region, and an increased threat of direct confrontation with the United States, Israel and/or Saudi Arabia.

Here in the United States, the Trump administration is building a case for war. We’ve seen it all before with Iraq—high officials distorting information to push their own hawkish agenda that only inflicts pain on the people, not the government. The Summit will bring together experts and activists to examine ways we can support Iranian civil society, push the US media to do a better job covering this crisis, and pressure Congress for a “no sanctions, no war” agenda.

Join us after the summit at Busboys and Poets for An Evening to Celebrate Iranian Culture. We will have poetry recitations, music, dancing, open mic and much more. 

What: An Evening to Celebrate Iranian Culture
When: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday Dec. 1, 2018
Where: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

RSVP HERE 

Organized by CODEPINK, the cosponsors include: Aboutface, Aftab Committee, Black Alliance for Peace, Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Secuirty, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, FEMENA, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Institute for People’s Engagement, Institute for Policy Studies, Iranian Law Students Association of UC Hastings, Jewish Voice for Peace, Just Foreign Policy, Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern Peace Center, National Iranian American Council, Nonviolence International, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Peace Action, Peaceworkers, Progressive Democrats of America, People Demanding Action, Popular Resistance, RootsAction, United for Peace and Justice, United National Antiwar Coalition, US Labor Against the War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, Win Without War, World Beyond War, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Speakers (in progress):
See speaker biographies here!

  • Jamal Abdi, President, National Iranian American Council
  • Niki Akhavan, Associate Professor and Chair of Media Studies, The Catholic University of America 
  • Beeta Baghoolizadeh, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, Bucknell University
  • Phyllis Bennis, author, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Tyler Cullis, Associate Attorney at Ferrari & Associates, P.C.
  • Samira Damavandi, freelance writer
  • Medea Benjamin, Co-founder of CODEPINK
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director of Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
  • Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director, Iranian Alliances Across Borders
  • Michael Page, Deputy Director Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Trita Parsi, founder of National Iranian American Council
  • Jasmin Ramsey, Deputy Communications Director, Center for Human Rights in Iran
  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South
  • Barbara Slavin, author, Atlantic Council
  • Sussan Tahmasebi, Director, FEMENA
  • Sina Toossi, research associate, National Iranian American Council
  • Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff of Secretary of State Colin Powell
  • Ann Wright, retired US army colonel and US State Department Official 
  • Leila Zand, Iranian-American educator and peace activist

Schedule (in progress)

8:00am-9:00am Registration

9:00am-9:30am Opening Session

  • Opening remarks by Medea Benjamin and Lily Tajaddini, CODEPINK
  • Poem and remarks by Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland 

9:30am-10:10am Session I: Overview of US-Iranian relations today

  • Col. Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell

10:10am-10:50am Session II: How U.S. policies affect Iranians?

  • Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director, Iranian Alliances Across Borders
  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South
  • Tyler Cullis, Associate Attorney at Ferrari & Associates, P.C. 

Moderated by: Samira Damavandi, freelance writer

10:50am-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:00pm Session III:  Human rights and Civil society

  • Michael Page, Deputy Director Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Jasmin Ramsey, Deputy Communications Director, Center for Human Rights in Iran
  • Sussan Tahmasebi, Director, FEMENA

Moderated by: Niki Akhavan, Associated Professor and Chair of Department of Media and Communications Studies, The Catholic University of America

12:00pm-12:30pm Session IV: Update on the Nuclear Deal

  • Trita Parsi, founder of National Iranian American Council 

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Break provided by Busboys and Poets

1:30pm-2:20pm Session V: Iran’s role in the region: Is it the number one state sponsor of terrorism?

  • Barbara Slavin, author, Atlantic Council
  • Sina Toossi, research associate, National Iranian American Council 
  • Phyllis Bennis, author, Institute for Policy Studies

Moderated by: Ann Wright, retired US army colonel and US State Department Official 

2:20pm-3:30pm Session VI: How to stop a war

  • Jamal Abdi, President, National Iranian American Council
  • Beeta Baghoolizadeh, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, Bucknell University
  • Leila Zand, Iranian-American educator and peace activist

Moderated by: Medea Benjamin, co-founder, CODEPINK

3:30pm-4:30pm Special Cultural Event

4:30pm-5:00pm Wrap-up

 

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