WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the closing of Democratic and Republican national conventions, the Organization of Iranian-American Communities-US (OIACUS), as the largest, most active and enduring grass root organization of Iranian-Americans in the United States, calls on the Iranian-Americans to actively and enthusiastically participate in the 2016 elections. OIAC-US considers these elections as one of the most historic and consequential elections since its inception.
Iranian-Americans have benefited from long held values that have been enablers of our success in America and motivate our continued interest in our native land's disposition. We recognize America is facing both challenges and opportunities in many areas such as the criminal justice system, education, immigration, the economy, the environment, foreign policy, and science and innovation. Our native land, Iran, meanwhile, continues to see escalated human rights violations, systematic and systemic suppression of women and youth, terror and crimes in the name of Islam, and harassment and censorship of journalists and press. OIAC –US believes it is the Iranian-Americans' civic and moral obligation to contribute to solutions and as such must have a voice in the 2016 elections.
The diverse political views amongst the OIAC-US members are indeed our strength. We take pride and celebrate all of our local and national efforts during the primary elections. We will take the same energy, focus, and enthusiasm to the general elections. We are, however, unified in the belief that democracy and human rights in Iran are imperative to the national security of America and peace in the Middle East and beyond.
OIAC-US takes pride in its duty to address the promotion of a democratic secular and non-nuclear government in Iran; founded on the respect for human rights, gender equality, religious and ethnic tolerance, as wells as social, economic justice, and security for America. By launching its nationwide effort, OIAC-US will encourage Iranian-Americans to fulfill their civic duty through active engagement in the 2016 general elections to help inform candidates of our communities' policy priorities.