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Protest against the U.S. Government’s current sanctions and threat of war against Iran and against the Iranian Government’s continuing grave violations of workers’ rights and human rights

We will demand that the Iranian Government recognize the right to organize independent labor unions, the freedom to assemble, the right to free speech, the rights of women, and other fundamental human rights—and that the U.S. Government fully respect these rights, as well. Finally, we will call for an immediate end to the death penalty in both Iran and the U.S.

 

Protest against the U.S. Government’s current sanctions and threat of war against Iran and against the Iranian Government’s continuing grave violations of workers’ rights and human rights

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Progressive Workers Organizing Committee and Zhaleh Sahand, a supporter of the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI), are organizing a demonstration with a two-fold purpose—to protest against the U.S. Government’s current sanctions and threat of war against Iran and also to protest against the Iranian Government’s continuing grave violations of workers’ rights and human rights. The demonstration will be held on the sidewalk in front of the Starbucks store at 2521 Post Oak, at the corner of Westheimer, in Houston, on Saturday, January 25, 2-4 pm. We will bring plenty of signs and a portable sound system.

We will be protesting against Washington’s economic sanctions against Iran, which are devastating the lives of ordinary Iranian people. We will also speak out against potential U.S. military action against Iran based on their development of a nuclear energy program. Such action by the U.S. or Israel could unleash a regional war and humanitarian catastrophe, and this must be prevented. On January 25, we will also condemn the Iranian Government’s imprisonment, torture, and execution of labor activists and human rights advocates. We will call for the immediate and unconditional freedom of Reza Shahabi, Shahrokh Zamani, Mohammad Jarahi, Behhnam Ebrahimzadeh, Rasoul Bodaghi, Merhdad Sabouri, Afshin Nadimi, and other imprisoned labor activists in Iran. We will demand that the Iranian Government recognize the right to organize independent labor unions, the freedom to assemble, the right to free speech, the rights of women, and other fundamental human rights—and that the U.S. Government fully respect these rights, as well. Finally, we will call for an immediate end to the death penalty in both Iran and the U.S.

Please let us know if your organization would like to endorse the January 25 demonstration or if you would like more information. We hope to get a flyer out to everyone later this week, and we would appreciate you spreading the word.

In Solidarity,
Zhaleh sahand
Rona and David Smith
(832) 692-2306
(281) 925-9248

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