Celebrating #TeamZahra on Women’s Equality Day

August 26 marks Women’s Equality Day, a day to celebrate those brave women who fought for, and achieved, much deserved gains in equality since ratifying the 19th Constitutional Amendment. We have gotten as far as we have on gender equality because their courage paved the way for the generations that followed. Their resolve, leadership, and undeniable determination undoubtedly changed for the better America and its future leaders.  

And the momentum hasn’t faltered since. 

On this day, NIAC Action would like to honor another trailblazing woman, Zahra Karinshak. In 2018, Zahra made history on her first day as a State Senator when she was sworn in as Georgia’s first Iranian-American legislator. Soon after her first legislative session began, Zahra became the leading opponent of anti-abortion legislation and co-sponsored legislation to require schools to support young students with dyslexia. 

Zahra, who was endorsed by President Obama and Planned Parenthood in the last cycle, is also a proud U.S. Air Force veteran and federal prosecutor. Making history once again, she is taking her fight for equality to Capitol Hill as the first Iranian-American woman to run for Congress in Georgia’s 7th district. 

Zahra’s commitment to public service knows no bounds as she joins the many women leaders before her whose hard-fought accomplishments have shaped and strengthened our communities and democracy. NIAC Action is proud to have endorsed Zahra Karinshak in her Congressional raceand we can’t wait to see what more she has in store not only for the state of Georgia, but for the entire nation.

Learn more about and support Zahra here.

NIAC Action Endorsee Unseats Incumbent in Virginia Primary Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2019
CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi | 202.386.6325 x 103 | mana@niacaction.org

VIRGINIA— Moments ago, the Virginia Department of Elections polling results indicated that NIAC Action endorsee, Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, has unseated incumbent Theo Stamos to become the state’s new Commonwealth Attorney of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, by a margin of 58.5% to 41.5%. Separately, NIAC Action is continuing to monitor the election results for NIAC Action endorsee and DNC delegate Yasmine Taeb in her race for Virginia’s 35th Senate District.

In response to Dehghani-Tafti’s win, NIAC Action Political Director Arzo Wardak said:

“Rarely are prosecutors unseated, and many find themselves in their seats for a lifetime. But that trend is changing–beginning with Parisa. Parisa is an extraordinary woman who now holds the honor of being the first Iranian-American ever elected to this position. Parisa’s influence was felt long before the election results came in. She is among a fresh wave of progressive Iranian-American leaders inspiring a new generation and nurturing civic engagement among a community that has historically shied away it.

“Her candidacy marks an important step forward for the Iranian-American community, and for all communities looking to secure a seat at the table. And her victory illuminates the growing trend of Iranian Americans not only casting off previously ingrained hesitation about civic engagement, but actually wholly leaning into the idea of building political power.

“Parisa is poised to reform the criminal justice system to the benefit of all Virginians–including for minority and immigrant communities who have traditionally found themselves disenfranchised by the system. With Parisa now steering the state toward the path to progressive politics, Virginia voters can now rest assured that there is a candidate in office who is driven by only one thing: the best interests of her constituents.”

Let’s Send an Iranian American to Congress

Do you remember where you were on the night Trump first imposed his ban against Iranians? 

Kia Hamadanchy was working in the U.S. Senate. As he saw the nightmare unfold, he decided that enough was enough – we needed an Iranian American in Congress. That’s when he made up his mind to run for U.S. Congress to represent his hometown of Irvine, CA.

Kia is running in California’s 45th district – which has the second largest Iranian-American population of any district in the country. The incumbent is a Tea Party Republican who is in lockstep with Donald Trump. Like too many lawmakers, she ignores her Iranian-American constituents on core issues like Trump’s ban and preventing war with Iran.

What better message to deliver to Washington than sending the first Iranian American to Congress? 

>> Learn more about Kia and how you can help send him to Washington

NIAC Action is proud to announce our endorsement of Kia Hamadanchy for Congress because he stands firmly on the right side of the issues most important to our community: he has pledged to work to dismantle Trump’s shameful Muslim ban; he is an unapologetic defender of the Iran deal who supports diplomacy over war and sanctions; and he wants to foster greater ties between the American and Iranian people.

Already, Kia raised an impressive $200,000 in his first quarter. But he faces a crowded primary election and a tough battle in the 2018 general election. It is imperative that our community unite in support of his candidacy so we can finally have a pro-peace, civil rights champion representing the Iranian-American community in Congress.

To get the latest updates on Kia’s campaign and find out how you can help, visit his website at www.kiafororangecounty.com.

If you would like to contribute to Kia’s campaign you can make a donation here.