Nowruz Resolution to be Introduced in Congress

Nowruz Resolution to be Introduced in Congress

March 11, 2009, Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-15th) plans to introduce a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives next week in observance of the Iranian New Year. The resolution will recognize the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, express appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to American society, and wish Iranian Americans and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year.

"Nowruz provides an opportunity to appreciate the contributions of Iranian Americans to our society. They have made noteworthy and lasting contributions in all sectors of American public life, including as government, military and law enforcement officials, and in the fields of medicine, engineering, and business," said Honda. "I am proud to represent the many Iranian Americans in my Silicon Valley district, who continue to teach all of us about their rich cultural history."

The Nowruz resolution is being introduced at the urging of PAAIA and is a part of its broader efforts to foster greater understanding of the Iranian culture and heritage as well as projecting an accurate image of the Iranian American community that truly reflects our values and achievements. The resolution will mark the first time that members of Congress have introduced a measure recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz. To date, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14th) has agreed to sign on as an original cosponsor of the resolution, and a number of other Members of Congress have been approached to do the same.

Ask your Representative to sign-on as an original co-sponsor of the Nowruz Resolution.

Go to // to take action today!!!


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NIAC, PAAIA and CAIR are 3 Great Organizations

by Jamshid Niavarani III (not verified) on

These 3 Organizations are pushing to put the Iranian agenda on top of the list. There should be direct talks with Iran. We need to go beyond the idiocy argument of hostility. The only way to solve problems is to sit down and talk. Anyone opposed to this belief is not Iranian, American and should get out of this country.

Kaveh Nouraee


by Kaveh Nouraee on

You shouldn't take yourself so seriously. It's safe to say no one else is taking you that seriously either. It's called having a sense of humor. Get the stick out of your posterior and try it sometime.

You're hardly anyone to determine what is good for Iranians or Iranian Americans. If you were, you'd be running things, wouldn't you? Also, your last sentence demonstrates your profound ignorance on both finance and politics. Worry about what is good for you first, and for your immediate family that may rely upon you for financial support, because I promise you this government doesn't give a shit about you, me or anyone else. Don't look for government to be your keeper or your savior.

That's not negativity, but rather a fact of life.

For the record, I signed the petition. Not that it's your business.



KN, you comments have a feeling of negativity about it...

by Honda's Voter (not verified) on

Are you really for it or just pretending you are?
I'm sorry that your favorite candidates McCain and Sara Palin did not win in the recent election but life goes on. Do not make fun of Mike Honda because it only reveals your ignorance about what's good for Iranians in general and Iranian Americans in particular. Your favorite politicians are in the Republican party, the same party that has destroyed us financially and politically.

Kaveh Nouraee

Mike Honda?

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Joe Isuzu's cousin, right?


I voted for Mike Honda, He represents my district

by Honda's voter (not verified) on

I know him for over 10 years, before he was elected to US congress. He is progressive and wise. I'm so excited about it. Thanks for posting.

anonymous fish

Moby Dick?

by anonymous fish on

oh man... we went to the one in gaithersburg.. or rockville?  i can't keep the two straight.  husband's brother lives in one and old friend in the other.  but anyhoo!  we would go there whenever we were visiting.  good eats, man!  but i have about decided that wholesome choice has the best kebab.  my mouth is watering as we speak.


Kaveh Nouraee

I think Congress

by Kaveh Nouraee on

is just looking for Moby Dick's House of Kabab to hook them up with free lunch!!   :-)


Where is the text?

by Anissa (not verified) on

thanks for doing this PAAIA - but where is the text of the resolution? Isn't it a bit unprofessional to ask people to support a resolution when you don't even reveal the text? Do you have the text? Then reveal it. If you don't, then how are you so sure its good?

I find this quite disturbing. It fits a pattern of non-transparency by PAAIA.

I am all for a Noorouz resolution, but it is beyond me why PAAIA is so secretive that they don't even reveal the text of the resolution, but still have the audacity to ask ordinary people to sign it.


ebi amirhosseini

AF aziz

by ebi amirhosseini on

WOW !!

Sepaas for the info.


Ebi aka Haaji


One comment about Rudi Bakhtiar

by Derakhshandeh (not verified) on

I attended the George Mason University's Norooz celebration this past Saturday March 7th.

PAAIA was one of the sponsors and Rudi Bakhtiar was their guest of honor which made a quick speech and endorsed PAAIA.

I too support PAAIA and wish them best of luck and great success. Just like I support NIAC and wish them best of luck and great success.

However, what Rudi Bakhtiar said (I'll make a summary below) made me write this note. As a reminder Rudi Bakhtiar was on CNN Headline news and later joined Fox News and became a reporter to John Gibson, he was like a redneck Glenn Beck ;o)

Anyway, she started by saying that she became interested in plight of Iranians after 9/11 where Iranian men were herded (my word not hers) into INS and fingerprinted and so on.

She went on to say that this is not an image that we want of Iran (I agree) because none of the 9/11 hijackers were Iranians. So we want to be known as Persians with our own unique background.

She said when they ask Americans when you think of Italians who do you think of? She responded Al Pacino.

She then said I want Americans to think of Pier Omidvar or the guy who ran NASA's Mars program or other successful Iranians.

Now here is my take. Really? You want Americans to think of Iranian Businessmen/women? How come Italians are artists and we are geeks and businessmen? What about poor Iranians? We want Americans to only like rich Iranians?

I know you're going to say what's wrong with being associated with successful rich Iranians? Nothing. But it shouldn't be at the expense of poor Iranians.

One of the things PAAIA said at their inception was that they don't want to be lumped in with Arabs. Oh those bad Arabs. The Arabs some call Ommati.

I think we can not separate the welfare of Iranians inside Iran with Iranian-Americans. If Italy was at odds with America Al Pacino would easily become a Fascist. Remember France and Freedom Fries?!

So join forces. Acknowledge all Iranian-American groups and don't bad mouth others (Arabs) in order to get ahead. America is land of diversity. Arab-Americans have as much rights as Iranian-Americans. In fact they are more in national politics than we are. The highest we've become is Mayor of Beverly Hills and city council in San Francisco. While Arabs have members of Congress and were Bill Clinton's Energy Secretary.

Did you know that the great John Elway and Doug Flutie were Arab-Americans? I found that out on the weekend in Hughley's CNN show.

So my request to PAAIA is acknowledge NIAC and join forces, not merge just join forces and acknowledge each other. Every voice counts. Peace in Iran counts. War in Iran is bad. Rich Iranians are just as good as poor Iranians. Iranians are not just rich and polished.

Again I wish you and Rudi best of luck.


Wonderful news

by capt_ayhab on

Our dinner group here in this district, which totals around 45 families have done so.

Thanks for the great news


anonymous fish


by anonymous fish on

this link is regarding North Carolina and what 4-5 thousand iranians where able to accomplish... just imagine what could be accomplished if millions were able to come together.



Whatabout the interest section?

by need Embassy! (not verified) on

PAAIA, your own previous survey reflected what many of us want: more contact and an interest section in Tehran. Thanks again for doing that survey, it was very informative. It proved that most Iranian Americans are against sanctions and pro dialogue with Iran.


But what is happening to this issue. Is anyone following up on the interest section?

Thank You.


very nice!

by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

thank you



by msina (not verified) on

Done!!!!! I hope every Iranian American signs sends their representative the email and puts enough pressure where we can go through with this!!!

Its so easy!!! Thanks PAAIA

Good Luck!!!!!

ebi amirhosseini


by ebi amirhosseini on



Ebi aka Haaji


Great news

by Abarmard on

I did