Monday, September 26, 2005
Iranian American Know Your Rights Resolution Gains Cosponsors
Washington, DC – Six additional members of Congress have joined H.Res.367 bringing the number of total cosponsors to twelve. Representatives Joseph Crowley (D-7th/NY), Michael Doyle (D-14th/PA), Bob Filner (D-51st/CA), Barney Frank (D-4th/MA), David Price (D-4th/NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-8th/MD) are all new cosponsors of the resolution condemning bigotry, violence and discrimination against Iranian Americans.
At the urging of the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), Congressman Marty Meehan (D-5th/MA) and Congressman Christopher Shays (R-4th/CT) introduced resolution, H.Res.367 on July 19th. The resolution is a component of the recently launched Iranian American Know Your Rights Campaign, which strives to educate Iranian Americans of their civil rights and liberties as well as educate mainstream America on the Iranian American community. H.Res.367 acknowledges the diversity of the Iranian American community and their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society. It declares that the government should ensure civil rights and civil liberties protections for Iranian Americans and encourages Iranian Americans to share their experiences with local, state and federal elected officials.