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iraj iraj (@iraj) Pinned comment
'All politics are local'.
Iranian community in US is taking baby steps towards standing up for its own rights as citizens. The majority of those who came here lacked the most basic knowledge about the real America and its comlex social political history.
But it's happening now and a new generation of young Iranians are taking charge. The newcomers to US had read about democracy while the new genration is practising democracy. They are organizing and are on the move. It's happening, it's real and I've seen it with my own eyes.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to iraj (@iraj) Pinned comment
My parents generation came to the US with the hope of one day going back to their native Iran. Sadly, this sense of anger, nostalgia and longing for the past lead many to live in a state of arrested development -- rather than learn about or participate in the political system of their adopted country, they opted to immerse themselves in passive activities (like watching satellite TV, trolling on the web, etc.) that ultimately did little to move the needle. And here they are, in their golden years, feeling both bitter and victimized, wondering what happened and how life could have been different. Sadly, all those years of 'hoping' for change could have been spent more constructively by getting on with it (moving on), and paving the way for the next generation to have the sort of agency and impact that they themselves longed for.

Good news is, as you said, it's happening now! There's a next generation of Iranian Americans active at the grassroots/local/state levels, participating and becoming more powerful each day, playing the 'game' of politics. Ditto for those with the financial means who can put their money to work. Like you, I see it with my own eyes and am fortunate enough to interact/work with many of them.

As a side note, I strongly encourage you (and others interested) to consider attending the NIAC Leadership Conference -- I get that everyone's politics does not necessarily align with the org, but political issues aside, it's super inspiring to see how many people, especially younger folks, care about and are engaged with the politics/movements that help shape our Iranian American community and country at large. Powerful stuff! (
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) Pinned comment
Trump's crazy politics is activating a whole new generation of activists, at all different levels of politics and community activism, including some from Iranian-American community.
If and when this new energy is harnessed to initiate an Independent Political current within US body politics, that will definitely be a worthy project and qualified for our unconditional political support. But if this new wave of activism is to be solely directed into Democratic party leadership machinations, then we all know what we're in for, more of the same old, same old.
Hopefully it'll be the former and not the latter.

BTW, here's a good example of grass roots politics within Democratic party.

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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
Activism/Participation: Yes, indeed! Also, women are running for office in record numbers ( HRC deserves her share of credit for this.

Dems/Reps latest polling: 'According to Gallup, 44 percent of American adults said they either identify as Democrats or are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party, the same percentage as in November 2016. Meanwhile, 37 percent of American adults said they either identify as Republicans or are independents who lean toward the Republican Party, a 5-point drop from 42 percent last year.'


These are potentially meaningful stats heading into midterm elections but liberals should be cautiously optimistic in light of the Democratic base remaining flat (no growth). The lack of enthusiasm for the party is further evidenced by the DNC's woeful fundraising for the month of October--it's worst in 15 years. As an independent who leans towards that party, I do want them to do well. My interest has also been piqued by a few of the party's 'fresh faces' that until recently, received little national media attention. I also like many of the Unity Reform Commission's proposals aimed at reforming the presidential nominating process and making the elections more democratic. It's encouraging, but let's see...

Btw, I saw the following diagram over the weekend and thought of you ;) Enjoy.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) Pinned comment
ACLU in court today:

"We were in court today to stop the Muslim ban. Last week, SCOTUS allowed the ban to take effect while it is litigated. As we wait for a ruling, here's important info for those who may be affected by the ban's implementation or want to help us fight it"
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