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Posted in: Islamic Gender & Religious Apartheid

Published on Jul 21, 2009 by Phyllis Chesler

Written for Pajamas Media

Iran Solidarity Day: A Stand Against Apartheid


It has finally happened. Someone other than me and a small handful of others who are also demonized as racists—actually views the Islamic/Islamist regime of Iran as an Apartheid regime and is calling for an anti-apartheid-like protest and solidarity movement against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Hot damn!

Please note that this movement has been launched in the UK and amazingly, is not a protest against Israel as an allegedly "racist, apartheid" state.

There is a God after all.

I have been haunted by the information coming out of Teheran, about the murder and torture of so many young Iranians—so many of them women as well as men—and our true future allies.

Maryam Namazie, the UK based leader of One Law For All, is now calling for "people across the world to stand with the people of Iran on July 25th and every day." Maryam Namazie is no novice to organizing. On March 7th, in London, she called for a rally in Trafalgar Square which was followed by a public meeting in Conway Hall. Namazie described the rally as an "anti-racist London rally against Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and in defense of citizenship and universal rights." She also launched a petition drive which has more than 10,000 signatures.

Iran Solidarity is calling on people everywhere to step up their support for the people of Iran by joining July 25 demonstrations at embassies of the
Islamic regime of Iran in cities across the globe. Since Iran Solidarity was founded last week, "over 1,000 individuals and organizations have joined, including Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Mina Ahadi, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Taslima Nasrin.

Iran Solidarity was launched in the House of Lords. Footage of the launch may be view HERE You can see footage of the launch here.

The leaders are also calling for "every day to be a day of solidarity with the people of Iran and are looking to have one person every day in central London for half an hour for the next year starting July 26. We are asking you to volunteer to express your solidarity as you see fit on a day that you are available during the next 365 days. You would need to stand alone, be over 16 years of age, and spend the half hour doing whatever you'd like to do to show your support and solidarity.

To volunteer to take part, email iransolidaritynow@gmail.com with your name,
email and mobile number as well as the dates you are available. We aim to film or photograph all the daily acts of protest and solidarity.

If you do not live in London and want to take part or organise daily acts of solidarity in other cities contact us so we can help you. You can also organise a flash mob that can highlight the situation in Iran, set up information tables or mobilise support for our campaign. You can set up Iran Solidarity groups at your schools and universities, neighbourhoods and workplaces – similar to the anti-apartheid groups that helped get rid of racial apartheid in South Africa. You can join us if you haven't already done so and get others to join, volunteer your time and skills, donate and raise funds or help organise speaking tours and public meetings. Please feel free to download Neda masks and posters and those calling for the prosecution of Ali Khamenei for crimes against humanity from our website to take to protests or for your own acts of solidarity. You can also download and hand out the leaflets and postcard available on our site.

We have a responsibility and duty to unite to support a hugely important movement in Iran that will help the people of Iran and the world in heralding a new dawn.

We can and will make a difference; the future is ours!

For more information, visit our website or blog or contact:
Maryam Namazie
Campaign Organiser
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731

I applaud this effort and will suggest that we in America, in each great city, also stand in solidarity for the heroic people of Iran.


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