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September 10, 2021

September - Join Us to Demand Free Iran's Political Prisoners Now

September 10, 2021

We invite everyone who stands for justice and yearns for a better world to join the International Emergency Campaign this month and step up the fight to free Iran’s political prisoners.  

The week of September 20, we’ll be putting this demand before the UN General Assembly and opposing the Islamic Republic’s criminal repression.  On Saturday, September 25, we’ll join with Revolution Books in Harlem and Berkeley to host a special program – “Iran's Political Prisoners Must Be Freed NOW! No U.S. Aggression: An Afternoon of Solidarity & Resistance”.

Through the week – and the month – we’ll be spreading the International Emergency Appeal to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners, which has been endorsed by over 2,700 people including Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Gloria Steinem, Ariel Dorfman, Jody Williams, Dan Ellsberg, Judith Butler and many other prominent voices, and appeared on the back cover of the New York Review of Book’s August issue.

We invite everyone who stands for justice and yearns for a better world to join the International Emergency Campaign this month and step up the fight to free Iran’s political prisoners.  

The week of September 20, we’ll be putting this demand before the UN General Assembly and opposing the Islamic Republic’s criminal repression.  On Saturday, September 25, we’ll join with Revolution Books in Harlem and Berkeley to host a special program – “Iran's Political Prisoners Must Be Freed NOW! No U.S. Aggression: An Afternoon of Solidarity & Resistance”.

Through the week – and the month – we’ll be spreading the International Emergency Appeal to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners, which has been endorsed by over 2,700 people including Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Gloria Steinem, Ariel Dorfman, Jody Williams, Dan Ellsberg, Judith Butler and many other prominent voices, and appeared on the back cover of the New York Review of Book’s August issue.

Our message:

We demand of the Islamic Republic of Iran: FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW

We say to the U.S government: NO THREATS OR WAR MOVES AGAINST IRAN, LIFT U.S. SANCTIONS

Political prisoners recently sentenced to up to 11 years: (clockwise from left): Mehran Raoof, Nahid Taghavi, Bahareh Soleimani, Somayeh Kargar.

This struggle remains more urgent than ever. Hundreds remain locked in Iran’s dungeons, tormented, tortured or sometimes executed.  Now the blood-stained criminal Ebrahim Raisi has been installed as president and may address the UN.  Just recently five courageous prisoners, including Nahid Taghavi and Mehran Raoof, were unjustly sentenced for nearly 11 years in prison on trumped-up charges of “propaganda against the state” and allegedly being part of groups banned by IRI Sharia law.

Shortly afterward, their lawyer along with other lawyers and activists were arrested, like attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh and so many others, for heroically standing up for the rights of others at great cost to themselves.

We refuse to let these illegitimate outrages go unopposed or compromise our just demand that all political prisoners held by this lawless theocratic regime be freed!

You are needed to put this campaign and its crucial demands before the world.  

  • Mobilize your friends and colleagues to spread the word and attend the Saturday, September 25 Revolution Books program online or in person - 3:00 pm, 437 Malcolm X Blvd @ 132nd St., NYC.
  • Come out to a press conference at the UN, hold one in your area, and promote it online (date & time TBA – posters and statements will be available for download)
  • DONATE to support these actions and the further publication of the Emergency Appeal.
  • Contact us with your ideas, comments and questions; volunteer to help organize.
  • Download and print New York Review of Books ad as a flyer or poster and spread it everywhere, and share on social media.
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