NLSCA Helps Launch Iranian American Know Your Rights Coalition

August, 2005, San Francisco, CA: The Iranian American Know Your Rights Coalition launched the Iranian American Know Your Rights campaign in Northern California. Iranian and American press gathered at the San Francisco offices of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement to learn about the efforts underway by various civil and human rights organizations to ensure the protection of these rights for the Iranian American community.

The coalition consists of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), Amnesty International (AI), the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR). These organizations have joined together to create a safety net for the Iranian American community against various forms of discrimination. Such discrimination includes employment discrimination, No Fly lists, government Watch lists, racial profiling, security clearance denials, FBI interrogations and surveillance, and immigration discrimination.

This historical briefing marks the first occasion where so many civil rights and legal organizations, both Iranian and American, have worked together to provide a safety net for the Iranian American community. The goal of this coalition is to assist the Iranian American community in a proactive rather than reactive way. In the past, these organizations have noticed a backlash against communities from countries in active conflict with the United States. Since it is likely that Iran could be invaded by the United States in the future, the Iranian American community is in danger of experiencing a backlash. We hope that this campaign will provide the support the Iranian American community will need to protect their civil and human rights.

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If you require assistance, please contact these organizations:

NLSCA: 415-553-7100

ACLU Northern California Hotline: 415-621-2488
ACLU National Lawyer Referral Hotline: 212-549-2517
NLG Northern California Lawyer Referral Hotline: 415-285-1041
EEOC Northern California 415-625-5600

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