Saving Zainab

Zainab Mughal, a 2-year-old girl in Florida who needs rare blood and bone marrow to survive her fight against cancer, needs our community’s help. 

Zainab is missing the “Indian B” antigen in her blood cells, so donor blood must also be missing this antigen for her body to not reject it. This is extremely rare and, according to OneBlood, is most likely found from people with Iranian, Pakistani, or Indian descent. The family needs to find more donors for little Zainab to survive.

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To be eligible, blood donors must:
  • Be of exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent – meaning the donor’s birth parents are both 100% Pakistani, Indian or Iranian
  • Be blood type “O” or “A”

NIAC is partnering with Vitalant to find members of the Iranian-American community to donate blood. They will draw and test your blood. If you are a donor match, they will send your blood to help Zainab. Regardless of whether or not you are a match for Zainab, your blood will still help someone in need.

 

You can find a list of Vitalant locations here. Call 1-877-25-VITAL to schedule your visit.
If you live in the Bay Area, you can find information on giving blood here.

 

Before donating, make sure to:
  • Bring your photo ID
  • Eat a healthy meal and hydrate
  • Tell the staff that you’re there for Zainab
    Note that the staff will ask you a few questions and give you a health screening before you donate.

The more people that go to give blood, the better chance we have at saving Zainab’s life

NIAC Action Hiring Communications Director

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is seeking an experienced professional to manage communications and media relations for immediate hire to work at our Washington, DC headquarters. The Communications Director will lead and manage NIAC and NIAC Action’s strategic communications and marketing efforts and reports to the President.

Responsibilities

  1. Develop communications strategy, coordinate communications across departments, and ensure effective implementation of communications strategy
  2. Serve as primary organizational media contact. Coordinate media placements, including articles, TV interviews, blog posts, and radio interviews.
  3. Increase awareness and recognition for NIAC’s programmatic efforts and accomplishments
  4. Ensure all external communications are high quality, timely, and consistent  with communications strategy
  5. Provide communications support for all department-led initiatives
  6. Work to build and improve NIAC’s brand, including by managing digital communications manager and overseeing the execution of marketing and branding strategy based on the established communications strategy and organizational goals
  7. Develop messaging strategies and communication plans for campaigns and events.
  8. Draft and distribute proactive and responsive statements, press releases, member communications, and website copy with regard to news stories, crises management, reputation management, and other external issues.
  9. Oversee tracking and analysis of effectiveness of communication efforts
  10. Oversee messaging on institutional priorities, establish protocols for communications, and manage the communications calendar
  11. Oversee NIAC’s website, including content, branding, presentation, navigation and analytics
  12. Oversee and coordinate the design and implementation of digital advertising strategies

Desired Experience:

  • Understands and can think strategically about our message and brand and lead development and manage implementation of comprehensive & systematic communications strategy
  • Understands how to most effectively reach our members, the media and the public
  • 3-5 years of proven communications experience, preferably on a campaign
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Is a leader who can work across teams to get input and build consensus and support for communication messages and strategies. Can delegate and coordinate to deliver on multiple campaigns – sometimes in multiple languages – at once.
  • Goal oriented and seeks out information to test results. Can adapt and adjust strategies based on data and feedback.
  • Has strong judgement and an eye for aesthetics, can manage graphic designers, video producers, etc and has right expectations and feedback for them to deliver exceptional final product
  • Can take complex messages and boil them down to concise, compelling messaging and copy while maintaining nuances
  • Understanding of Iranian-American community, progressive community and issues like no Muslim ban, no war with Iran preferred
  • Media relations experience strongly preferred
  • Relevant marketing experience preferred
  • Persian language ability is a plus

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to David Elliott at delliott@niacouncil.org with the subject line “Communications Director”. Please include salary requirements with your cover letter.Work samples will be requested of finalists.

NIAC Action is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Fortune 100-style benefits include:

  • Generous, company-subsidized health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance plans
  • 17+ days of annual paid leave and 12 paid holidays
  • Paid family leave
  • 401k with 2% company match

About NIAC Action

NIAC Action is the grassroots, civic action organization committed to advancing peace and championing the priorities of the Iranian-American community. We are a nonpartisan nonprofit and the 501(c)4 sister organization of the National Iranian American Council, which works to strengthen the Iranian-American community and promote greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.

NIAC Action’s 2018 Midterm Endorsements

Meet the eight exceptional candidates that NIAC Action is proud to endorse for the 2018 elections

 

 

Harley Rouda, CA- 48

Rouda is running against Dana Rohrabacher, who represents more than 8,000 Iranian Americans yet has celebrated ISIS terror attacks in Iran, authored legislation to prop up ethnic separatist groups to foment civil war in Iran, and publicly supports the MEK. Rouda would put an end to Rohrabacher’s dangerous pro-war agenda.

> Read more about Harley Rouda

> Donate to Rouda’s Campaign

 

 

Katie Porter, CA- 45

Centered in Irvine, this district is home to the second-largest population of Iranian Americans yet is represented by a Tea Party Republican who supports the Muslim Ban. Porter will be a critical vote to help overturn the Muslim Ban and defend the rights of the 20,000 Iranian Americans in this district.

> Read more about Katie Porter

> Donate to Porter’s Campaign

 

 

Jennifer Wexton, VA- 10

The incumbent, Barbara Comstock, is a close ally of Trump’s National Security Advisor John “Bomb Iran” Bolton – whose Super PAC endorsed and fundraised for her. Wexton would stand up for the 7,000 Iranian Americans in this district and stand against Trump’s war cabinet. 

> Read more about Jennifer Wexton

> Donate to Wexton’s Campaign

 

 

Mike Levin, CA- 49

Levin is running in this open seat vacated by Darrell Issa. He is strong on priorities like preventing war, opposing the Muslim Ban, and fighting for our community. He would represent a huge improvement for the 4,500 Iranian Americans in this district.

> Read more about Mike Levin

> Donate to Levin’s Campaign

 

 

Shireen Ghorbani, UT- 02

Ghorbani is leading an impressive grassroots campaign that could turn this red district blue and make her the first Iranian American elected to Congress. The incumbent, Chris Stewart, is a hawk who opposed the Iran deal and argues the U.S. should focus on confronting Iran rather than groups like Al Qaeda.

> Read more about Shireen Ghorbani

> Donate to Ghorbani’s Campaign

 

 

Anna Eskamani, FL-HD47

Anna Eskamani is running for Florida House District 47 in Orlando and would become the first Iranian-American woman ever elected to a state legislature. She has been attacked for her Iranian heritage by her opponent and refused to back down.

> Read more about Anna Eskamani

> Donate to Eskamani’s Campaign

 

 

Zahra Karinshak, GA-SD48

Zahra Karinshak is an Iranian-American Georgia native running for State Senate District 48. She’s in one of the most diverse districts in the country, but it is a red district that has been unchallenged for 14 years. She can change that.

> Read more about Zahra Karinshak

> Donate to Karinshak’s Campaign

 

 

Iman Novin, Walnut Creek City Council

Iman Novin is running for City Council in Walnut Creek, CA. Iman’s campaign is not just about a local election, but a broader movement to get more Iranian-Americans elected to public office.

> Read more about Iman Novin

> Donate to Novin’s Campaign

 

 

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Iranian Americans Back New Senate Legislation Blocking Trump from Launching War with Iran Without Congressional Approval

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) along with seven other Senators last night introduced legislation to prevent President Trump from launching a preemptive military strike against Iran without Congressional approval.

Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC Action, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the Iranian-American community, issued the following statement in support of Udall’s legislation:

“President Trump has assembled a war cabinet that promised ‘hell to pay’ for Iran and sabotaged diplomatic channels to de-escalate tensions. Now more than ever, it seems the administration is on the warpath with Iran, which makes the Udall legislation a must-pass piece of legislation for all lawmakers who refuse to repeat the Iraq war playbook again in the Middle East.

“The American people do not want another war of choice, particularly against a nation nearly four times the size of Iraq. The Udall bill mandates that if Trump wants to start a war with Iran, he has to come to Congress for debate and approval. Our elected representatives in Washington are sworn to uphold the Constitution, so this should be an easy bill for every member of Congress to support.”

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Udall’s Bill Can Stop War in Iran

War with Iran is back on the menu. In a few minutes, Donald Trump will stand before the United Nations and blame Iran for all that ails the Middle East. The following day, he will preside over a UN Security Council meeting aimed at strong-arming the world to impose crippling sanctions on Iran.

None of this will help Iranians secure their political rights or challenge the system, it will not help stabilize the region or end the wars in Syria and Yemen, and it will not address U.S. concerns with Iran’s foreign policy. It will make poor Iranians poorer, it will fan the flames of regional violence and terror, and it will empower the most hardline forces inside of Iran.

This is a campaign to make war inevitable. 

The President’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the #1 Republican Megadonor Sheldon Adelson all have one wish: destroying Iran. And they are closer than ever to achieving it.

Congress must act now – before it is too late – to take away Trump’s legal authority to start a war with Iran. That’s why Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) is introducing legislation to block the U.S. from launching war or military strikes against Iran without Congressional approval. 

>> Urge your Senators to support the Udall bill to block Trump from starting war with Iran.

Regional tensions are at a fever pitch following this weekend’s terror attacks in Ahvaz, with some planting the seeds for a U.S.-Iran war. Donald Trump believes that he alone has the authority to start wars whenever and wherever he sees fit. By getting as many Senators as possible to sponsor this bill, we can send him a clear message: do not start a war with Iran. 

A Toolkit for Advocating Against H.R. 392

Below you will find a toolkit to help you advocate against The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017 (H.R. 392 & S. 281) and similar legislation when you meet with lawmakers. It will give you the strongest argument and provide you with details (what, when, why, how) that the lawmaker or staff may ask to help you respond to common questions in the best way.

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What is H.R. 392 Exactly?

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017 (H.R. 392 & S. 281) eliminates per-country limits for employment-based permanent residency which will decrease the backlog for a few countries but increase wait times for the majority of nationalities. H.R. 392 was inserted into the House version of the 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill in committee, though has not been added to the Senate’s version of the bill. In order to become law, the House and the Senate would need to pass this language.

Strongest Argument against H.R. 392

H.R. 392 will increase wait times for a green card by years for nationals from smaller countries. This will disproportionately impact Iranians and other nationals from Muslim Ban countries because many find themselves on single-entry visas with their families banned. This means they will remain unable to visit family, potentially up to a decade. Furthermore, the State Department has described country caps as ‘a barrier against monopolization.’

For lawmakers and the media, your personal story about how this would impact you and your hopes and dreams in the United States is your most powerful argument.

Telling a Personal Story

If you or someone you know will be impacted by H.R. 392 then tell a personal story. Explain how the changes will impact your life. Maybe your parents are older or in poor health and you need to visit them. Perhaps you have not seen your brother or sister for over 5 years and now it seems it will be even longer if you decide to pursue permanent residency. Focus on how you want to have a positive influence in the U.S. Calmly emphasize your hardships as a result of the Muslim Ban and how this legislation will only make it worse. Then directly ask the lawmaker or staff for help and express your appreciation for any efforts they make in the future.

Additional Good Arguments

  • Congress should not rush through any legislation that significantly reduces or eliminates per-country limits for permanent residency without undertaking basic steps to ensure that Iranians and other nationals that have nearly been locked out of the visa system entirely by the Trump administration are not further disadvantaged by changes ostensibly designed to level the playing field.
  • An employment-based immigration system that is dominated by a few countries may reduce the diversity of skills for high-skilled immigrants. It is important to give the best and brightest from  a variety of fields and countries the opportunity to immigrate to the U.S.

Responding to Common Arguments in Support of H.R. 392 & Questions

  • Doesn’t H.R. 392 make the immigration system first come, first serve and therefore more fair all around?
    • Answer: Legislation doesn’t exist in a vacuum and its effect will be that immigrants from Muslim Ban countries will be separated from their family for several additional years with no recourse.
  • Can’t Iranians just apply for a multiple-entry visa or for their family members abroad to receive a waiver for the Muslim Ban?
    • Answer: The consulate determines whether the number of entries granted on a visa and many Iranians are limited to single-entry visas. Publicly available information indicates that waivers under the Muslim ban receive a 2% approval rate at best.

Ensuring a Respectful Discourse: Common Arguments & Better Alternatives

  • H.R. 392 will stop all immigration from countries other than India and China. This is an exaggeration and the lawmaker will see through it. The immigration process from other countries will slow down but will not come to a halt. It is best to focus on why this slowdown will particularly harm Iranians.
  • Iranians are highly educated and the country needs them. It is good to highlight what Iranian immigrants bring to the table but it should be a side note rather than a main argument because the immigrant groups that the bill will benefit are also highly-skilled.
  • Any comment that targets a group based on their origin. Any argument that has racist undertones or speaks badly about a particular nationality is unacceptable.

Timeline (When?)

Opponents of H.R. 392 should continue to press their case through the finalization of the appropriations package in November or December in order to prevent passage.

Some legislators had hoped to finish the appropriations process prior to the end of September, raising the prospect that H.R. 392 could be included in a final spending package ahead of the November elections. However, that timeline appears likely to slip as legislators are particularly reluctant to engage in a divisive debate over funding for Trump’s border wall that is also included in the homeland security appropriation. This is positive for those in opposition to H.R. 392, as it appears unlikely that the bill would be rushed into law in September. While there is significantly less support for the measure in the Senate, which would need to sign off on the provision for it to become law, some new Senators have announced their support for the original measure (S. 281) in recent weeks.

How does H.R. 392 work?

It is not necessary to understand this section simply to advocate against the legislation. However, the more you understand the stronger your arguments will sound. Currently no single country can account for more than 7% of green card petitions in a given year. This benefits countries that already fall far below that 7% mark due to small populations or lower rates of emigration. But it creates a backlog for countries that produce a number of aspirant immigrants far greater than 7% such as India or China. Removing per-country limits will lessen the backlog for bigger countries by creating a single line for everyone but it will produce serious strains for nationals from smaller countries who will get stuck behind large numbers of nationals from big countries. This will negatively impact Iranians and other nationals already present in the U.S. but subject to the Muslim Ban. This is because wait times to file an adjustment of status application for a green card will be measured in years and potentially up to a decade for second and third preference categories, which would exacerbate the impact of the Muslim Ban by forcing applicants to choose between pursuing permanent residency or seeing family.

Current Co-Sponsors of the Senate Version of H.R. 392 known as S. 281

Below you will find a list of senators who have signed onto S. 281. Why does this matter? First, it demonstrates a renewed effort in support of the original legislation. Second, support from legislators in each party makes it appear non-controversial.

Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]

07/12/2017

Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]

09/26/2017

Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]

03/19/2018

Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]

03/22/2018

Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA]

06/19/2018

Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]

06/21/2018

Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND]

07/23/2018

Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]

08/16/2018

Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]

08/16/2018

Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]

08/16/2018

Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

09/04/2018

Who Should I Meet With?

You should meet with your Congressional representative for the district you live, work, or go to school in and also the senators who represent your state. You can use this website to find out who represents your area: https://whoismyrepresentative.com.

Meeting with Republican Offices

When meeting with Republican offices it is still important to make the Muslim Ban the primary focus of your argument against H.R. 392 but it is best to refer to it as the ‘travel ban’ which is the language typically used by Republicans. Additionally, it is best to reference your eagerness to pursue the economic opportunities and freedoms that the U.S. offers. If you received your graduate studies here then perhaps mention that you want to invest back into the country that provided you with your education. Always circle back to the way that H.R. 392 combined with the Muslim Ban will make these pursuits extremely difficult and separate you from your family indefinitely.

Week of Action

NIAC will organize a week of action to be held October 15-19. It will involve calling office directly, meeting Congressional staff in DC and respective districts, and delivering a petition. This effort is key in demonstrating a large and organized opposition to the legislation. Email Donna@niacaction.org for more info.

Contentious Immigration Bill H.R. 392 Unlikely to Pass Ahead of Midterms

Legislation that would significantly lengthen wait times for Iranian nationals to secure highly-skilled immigrant visas is highly unlikely to pass ahead of midterm elections in November, NIAC Action staff has learned in conversations with senior Congressional aides. In spite of this, the legislation continues to gain sponsors and it is possible for the measure to pass prior to the end of the year.

Many Iranian Americans have been deeply concerned that Congress would pass legislation – H.R. 392/S. 281, “The Fairness for Highly Skilled Immigrants Act” – as part of the annual homeland security appropriation bill. In light of existing administration policies targeting Iranians, including the Muslim ban, such legislation could have a highly negative impact on Iranian nationals pursuing the American dream.

NIAC Action has come out in strong opposition to its passage, lobbying key lawmakers against it, calling on corporations to withdraw their support, and working with NIAC Action members and other grassroots advocates to set up local meetings with Congressional offices to share their perspectives.

At the time of publication, there seems to be little chance for passage of H.R. 392 as part of the funding bill this month, particularly given general reluctance to tackle divisive immigration debates ahead of the midterm elections. H.R. 392 was inserted into the House version of the homeland security appropriation in committee, though it has not been added to the Senate’s version of the bill. To become law, the H.R. 392 language would need to be approved by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President.

Some legislators had hoped to finish the appropriations process prior to the end of the month, raising the prospect that a debate over whether to include H.R. 392 in a final spending package would take place. However, that timeline appears likely to slip past the November 6 elections. Funding for Trump’s border wall – which is supported by some of the prominent organizations, like Immigration Voice, that are backing H.R.392 – was also included in the funding package and is a debate most lawmakers want to avoid.

This is positive for those in opposition to H.R. 392, as it appears unlikely that the bill would be rushed into law in September. While there is significantly less support for the measure in the Senate, some new Senators have announced their support for the measure in recent weeks.

The delay will give both proponents and opponents of the measure more time to make their case, as it is unlikely to be decided until after Congress returns to session following the November 6 midterms. We will be tracking this issue closely and will continue to provide updates as the picture in Congress becomes clearer.

Candidate Profile: Shireen Ghorbani, UT-02

“I see decisions being made everyday that violate the values that Utahns and Americans hold dear” said Shireen Ghorbani. “I am deeply troubled by the President’s actions and words that harm immigrants, specifically people of color, in this country.”

A proud first-generation Iranian American, University of Utah employee, and full-time mom, Ghorbani is running for U.S. Congress to represent Utah’s 2nd District. As the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, Shireen is “particularly distressed by the travel ban,” because “under this ban, families like [her] own are kept apart,” something that is unacceptable to her. If elected, Shireen will “support Congressional efforts to defund and rescind the Muslim ban,” including the Statue of Liberty Values Act that has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Shireen believes that “this ban is misguided and harmful” with “no evidence that it makes us any safer.”

In response to the Trump administration’s recent actions towards Iran, Shireen says she feels considerably less safe with the current president’s “saber-rattling” when there is no discernable plan in place. She also suggests Trump’s actions toward Iran are “distractions for a series of failed policies and scandals plaguing the administration.”

Hailing from outside of Bismarck, North Dakota, Shireen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communication Studies in 2013 from St. Cloud State University. Shireen and her fiance spent two years serving in the United States Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova, an experience that has helped shape her campaign.

Shireen later went on to earn her Master of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her Master of Philosophy in Organizational Communication and Policy from the University of Utah. She currently works as the Associate Director for Organizational Development and Communications for the University of Utah and is board chair of a local center that serves victims of sexual violence.

Shireen is challenging Republican incumbent Chris Stewart this November. Her campaign is focused on building grassroots support and Shireen is refusing any corporate donations.  Instead, she is focused on an “aggressive ground game…knock[ing] on thousands of doors across [the] state.” If elected, Shireen would become the first Iranian American in Congress, something she hopes will “start a movement for more people with deeper roots to the community to have a seat at the table.”  

NIAC Action Endorses Champion of Immigrant Rights, Shabnam Lotfi

NIAC Action is excited to announce our endorsement of Shabnam Lotfi, who is running for the Wisconsin State Assembly in District 77 and would become the first Iranian-American ever elected to the Wisconsin legislature!

“I was born in Tehran in 1982 and came to the US when I was just four years old. From a very early age, I wanted to be a lawyer and fight for justice.” Shabnam tells us. “The first lesson I learned in life was that democracy matters.”

Lotfi, a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, currently serves as an attorney at her Madison-based firm Lotfi Legal LLC, focusing on immigration law. In March 2018, in the midst of Trump’s Muslim ban and the revelation that the State Department had issued a shockingly small number of waivers, she filed a class action lawsuit against the Trump Administration that is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Lotfi is also known for her popular Facebook group, Immigrants United, which she established to bring people together during times of crisis. In 2017, when the airports were a mess, Shabnam was instrumental in getting Iranian Americans the information and help they needed to navigate a difficult situation.

Shabnam is very active in the Iranian-American community and was a vocal supporter of the Iran deal, saying it “was a win-win agreement for everyone.” She lists government accountability, gun violence, and the University of Wisconsin as a few of her top priorities if elected to Wisconsin’s State Assembly.

Shabnam has been endorsed by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, City Council President Samba Baldeh, former County Board Supervisor John Hendrich, two former Alders Robbie Webber and Eve Galanter, University of Wisconsin Law Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes, and many others.

Wisconsin State Assembly District 77 is an open seat that has been held by retiring Representative Terese Berceau (Dem) for the past 20 years. Shabnam faces a primary that will be held in 3 weeks on August 14th. Since no Republican is running in this race, the winner of the primary will win the election in November. With our community’s support, we can help send Shabnam to the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Make a contribution to Shabnam’s campaign

To learn more about Shabnam check out the links below.

Campaign: https://www.shabnamforwisconsin.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShabnamLotfi77/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShabnamLotfi77

Candidate Profile: Melody Shekari, TN-28

“As the daughter of immigrants, I have watched firsthand our family’s fulfillment of the American Dream,” says Melody Shekari, “through hard work, struggle, and the many kindnesses of so many people, we have built a comfortable life in the US and have been able to give back to our community as well.”

As a proud first-generation Iranian American, and an accomplished attorney and community advocate, Shekari is running to represent the 28th District in Tennessee’s State House of Representatives. Born in Texas and raised in Chattanooga, Melody went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics from Bentley University, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Shekari decided to return to Chattanooga following her education and serve her community in various capacities, including as a board member on both the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU) and the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee, as well as a founding member of the Empower Women PAC.

Advocating for the rights of all immigrants is a key issue to Melody and educating the immigrant community on these issues is vital: “As an attorney, I have become concerned with the infringement of the civil rights of all immigrants. I work with immigrant communities (including Iranian-Americans) to help them understand and advocate for their rights.” Melody is highly critical of President Trump’s Executive order, banning immigration from five Muslim majority countries, “I absolutely oppose Trump’s ban on immigration from Muslim countries. This is nothing more than blatant discrimination.”

In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Melody has pledged to oppose any and all efforts at the state level that would undermine the tenants of the agreement. “By all accounts (even independent inspectors), Iran has been in compliance with this treaty.  There is no reason to rescind this agreement. What does it say to the world, if the US cannot be counted on to keep its word? We must continue to stand with our allies in support of the JCPOA,” says Melody.

In 2016, Melody decided to run for a House seat in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. While she was ultimately not able to pull off an upset in this heavily Republican district, she did manage to win the Democratic nomination. Now, as she runs for a seat in the state legislature, she comes to the campaign with a unique set of skills honed on the trail in 2016.

With incumbent Democrat JoAnne Favors vacating her seat in the 28th district of the Tennessee House, a highly competitive field of five candidates is facing off in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican Lemon C. Williams in the November 6th general election.

Melody truly believes if she is elected she can institute change and improve the lives of her constituents, “I am running for State Legislature in Tennessee to make sure that every person can achieve his or her unique American Dream. There is nothing that cannot be achieved if we all work together. I want to move beyond today’s divisive partisan politics, and work with my colleagues to begin to get things done.”

To learn more about Melody’s campaign visit: http://www.melodyshekari.com/.

Melody’s primary election is set for August 2nd.

SCOTUS Just Approved Bigotry. Now What?

While we had hoped that justice and equality would triumph over hate and discrimination, we also suspected the Supreme Court, given its current makeup, would side with Trump. So we planned ahead. Our strategy is focused on terminating the ban through political organizing and legislative action.

Our Strategy Moving Forward

  1. Expose the lawmakers supporting Trump’s ban. The current Republican-led Congress has blocked a vote to repeal the Muslim Ban.
  2. Uncover the information that Trump is hiding. That is why we worked with Senator Chris Van Hollen to require Trump to turn over documents that will lay the groundwork for repeal. to lay the groundwork for a vote to repeal the ban.
  3. Organize to elect a new Congress this November that will vote to overturn the ban.
  4. Pass legislation to repeal the ban once and for all.

Have Questions on the Decision?

If you’re wondering what yesterday’s ruling means for you, we offer some answers in our FAQ. To see our legal analysis on the decision, look here.

Want to Get Involved?

We need your support. You can donate your time and you can donate your money. See where your representatives stand on the issue, and contact them. If you’ve been impacted by the ban, share your story with us.

Justice Kennedy’s retirement, announced today, raises the stakes even further for the upcoming elections. It’s crucial our community has a voice in November, so I hope you’ll be part of our efforts.

If our community is fully invested, we will overturn this ban.