1. How important is it for PCIA to undertake these activities?
1. How important is it for PCIA to undertake these activities?    
Answer Options 1 – Not Important 2 – Somewhat Important 3 – Important 4 – Rather Important 5 – Very Important Average
Create drafts of position letters on issues important to PCIA members to adapt and send to congressional representatives and media. 6

4.4%

15

11.0%

34

25.0%

25

18.4%

56

41.2%

3.8
Provide information and education to expand understanding of Iran issues. 2

1.5%

4

2.9%

2

20.6%

34

25.0%

68

50.0%

4.2
Sponsor speakers and events to promote understanding of Iran issues. 2

1.5%

15

11.1%

24

17.8%

41

30.4%

53

39.3%

3.9

QUESTION 1 COMMENTS

  • More important I thing is for individuals to simply write from their hearts and their own experiences to THEIR representatives. Most of all WE PCVs provide the PERSONAL human to human cultural information, countering the demonization and dehumanization necessary for War. 2. We can provide (share basic facts and references (population, land areas, oil-reserves & production), ethnic groups, Key historic timelines (last wars of conquest)   3. Perhaps keep a referral list of various Iran-aware speakers, etc for any local meeting events. Maybe we can organize a lobbying trip to DC — if enough RPCV and PCIA’s want to go.
  • Advice on competent Iranian lobbying groups
  • As a friend of PC/Iran (I was cultural attaché at embassy in ’66-71), I would urge you de-confuse your members on a point about which the politicians, the lobbyists and our beloved media have all generated corrosive confusion. The Iran Agreement is only secondarily about the nuclear “deal.” It is part of a much larger picture, a rapprochement with Iran; 2) the Agreement and everything in it is not a “deal” like those you make to buy a used car, it is a Framework Agreement to be sustained over a period presently designated as 15 years, with a few dozen checkpoints and red flags along the road which will allow readjustment and even abnegation if necessary. If the latter happens, Israel is sure to use military force. You might want to remind your readers as well that the nuclear component of the Agreement has been done in over two years of discussion between two nuclear scientists who have the support of the entire global scientific community, Hence it is a little sad to see lesser minds in our slapdash political system proclaiming right and left that the science is wrong, that they know better. Lots of luck in your pursuit of reopening the only way we can influence change in Iran, by getting back to knowing them and working with them for a better Iran, whose health will benefit everyone in the world–including the US economy as will their well-being.
  • Develop links with Iranian scholars, poets, musicians, professors, and students in Iran and here in the US.   Develop speakers from former PC trainers and in country contacts to get a truer vision of Iran today. 45-years is two lifetimes in Iran.
  • Encourage the academic or professional RPCVs to present a “favorable view” of Iranian peoples to their respective associations, eg. Middle East Studies Association of North American (MESA), the British Middle East Studies Association (BMESA), American Anthropological Association (AAA), American Political Science Association (APSA), the various area studies association, AND medical, engineering and law associations!
  • Establish relationships with other Iranian and Iranian American groups with similar goals.
  • Explain the value of the secular Code Napoleon under the shah.
  • Form alliances with other NGOs with similar views on particular issues.
  • Have regional PCIA meetings that are easier to organize than the blockbuster ones. These local / regional meetings can build networks and empower local people and action. I think we need to send out the message that not all action has to come from the top. We want a flatter hierarchy than we have now.
  • I think all of these ideas are important because there’s still a lot of misinformation about Iran. Symptomatic of this is the fact that people still pronounce it as “I ran”- even in a TV ad against the agreement. L.A., where I live, is crawling with Iranian ex-pats and now decedents of ex-pats, many of whom speak little or no Farsi. I moved here in ’70. For 15 years, I couldn’t go into a supermarket without hearing Farsi spoken. Since then it’s gradually dissipated until now it’s rare that I hear it. And still, little understanding of Iran or any other part of the Middle East. Why don’t you schedule the next general meeting here in Santa Monica? We have some wonderful facilities you can use and Santa Monica is L.A.’s guest room with all the hotel space we have.
  • I think that we are now in a very important and crucial time and those of us who feel strongly that we need to speak out for the path of peace should make our views known and sooner rather than later. After all, peace is part of our name and who we are, and I don’t think that was accidental.
  • Organization of a delegation to speak directly to members of Congress.
  • PCIA supports the nuclear agreement with Iran, but my experience with the mullahs in Iran tells me it’s not such a good idea. I don’t believe PCIA should take these positions.
  • Promote U.S.-Iranian sister cities
  • Reach out to the many Iranian-American communities in our country to ask their opinions on how together we can build a better understanding of Iranian-American relationships.
  • Recommend panelists & speakers for news and talk shows
  • See if we can get some major media exposure!
  • Trips to Iran. Opportunities to improve, recharge our Farsi
  • We must be careful that we don’t get out of our depth. What will be our source or sources of information to be sure we speak or write correctly?