Mr. Eric Claus, CEO of Mountain Equipment Company,
On behalf of The Iranian Canadian Congress, we are reaching out to you as our members and our community are shocked and outraged by reports in the media about how Mr. Amir Ghassemzadehnaghedhi and his wife Mrs. Andrea Sotomayor were treated in one of Mountain Equipment Company’s stores.
Furthermore, we are disappointed with the way the Mountain Equipment Company decided to handle the incident. As Canadians, we are proud of our diverse and multicultural nation. As a country that aspires to anti-hate and antiracist values, we must hold our businesses accountable to respect the humanity of all people. The reported punitive measures taken do not address the root cause of the problem, and we hope that appropriate actions are taken to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.
Our mandate includes supporting the wellbeing and defending the interests of all Iranian Canadians. Respectfully we would like to know what will come of this, how it is handled, and how we will be represented. Please consider the consequences of such lack of sensitivity and care.
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Over the past 9 months our team at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) has proved its ability to professionally and effectively advance the interests of the Iranian Canadian community and advocate on your behalf in Canada’s highest institutions. Through our public consultation process, we determined that the lack of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran and the negative effects of sanctions on Iran are major problems for our community. We have launched multiple advocacy campaigns to raise awareness about these problems, mobilize grassroots support, and to demand policy solutions from our elected officials.
- In the past 6 months the ICC has conducted multiple interviews and have published several opinion pieces about Canada-Iran relations to highlight the importance of diplomacy with Iran.
- The parliamentary petition launched by the ICC urging the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran collected nearly 16,000 signatures from across Canada.
- We have met with government officials, and connected with several Members of Parliament from different political parties to inform them about our demand for renewed relations between Canada and Iran.
- We presented our position regarding Iran-Canada relations at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and argued against the “Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act”, which in our belief is proposed in the Senate of Canada to derail the re-engagement process between Canada and Iran.
Why do we need your financial support?
The Iranian Canadian Congress relies on the energy and passion of its volunteers. With the help of these volunteers we have been able to keep our operation expenses at minimum. However, for us to run professional and effective advocacy campaigns we need access to greater financial resources. Lobbying organizations that are working to block Canada-Iran relations have significant financial capacity. Your financial support will enable us to do our best and to effectively advocate for your interests in a professional fashion. Specifically we need to spend money on the following items:
- Improving Our Public Relations and Communication Channels: we have made significant progress in the last 6 months in building up our PR capabilities, but to communicate our message widely to the Iranian Canadian community across Canada we need to spend money on advertising and marketing services, including professional online applications that can significantly help us in our communication efforts. Our advertising dollars will be focused on digital media and our local community media in major Iranian Canadian populated cities.
- Acquiring Professional and Expert Advice: to keep our operation lean and cost effective we have leveraged the knowledge of our policy advisors and have conducted our research and analysis in-house through our hard working policy associates. However, to take our work to the next level and run more effective campaigns we need to acquire expert opinion regarding our advocacy work. For example, we are looking into hiring a reputable legal firm with specialization in Canadian sanction laws and regulations to provide us with expert analysis and advice on Bill S-219, the Non Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act, and other bills like it.
- Organizing A Day of Action in Ottawa: we are in middle of discussions with Senators and MPs to organize A Day of Action Against Bill S-219 and to promote diplomacy with Iran on Parliament Hill. We will spend some of the funds we raise from our members and supporters to plan, prepare and facilitate this Day of Action in Ottawa.
Any amount of donation is much appreciated. Please donate generously.
Use the online form on this page to process your donation using your credit card. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please email us at [email protected]. Note that by making a donation you are also registering as a member of the organization. ICC members are the owners/shareholders of the organization and have voting rights during the Annual General Meetings. If you do not wish to join as a member, simply send us an email and we will make sure that you only remain as a donor and not a member.Donate
On the anniversary of Canada’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran the ICC President, Bijan Ahmadi, has submitted a formal electronic petition to the House of Commons on behalf the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) with the unanimous approval of the Board of Directors asking the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran and facilitate the reopening of the embassies in Tehran and Ottawa. The ICC has worked on the preparation of this formal request with MP Majid Jowhari (Richmond Hill) and the petition is formally sponsored by him.
Diplomatic rapprochement at this point will not only assure that Canada stands in solidarity with its allies, many of whom have started re-engaging with Iran after the signing of the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action last year, but also will bolster Canada’s historical role of advancing peace through diplomacy and constructive engagement. We encourage all Canadians as well as members of the Iranian Canadian community who support peace and diplomacy to sign this petition and share it with their networks.
This petition is open to all citizens and residents of Canada.
How can you help?
- Sign the e-petition: Click here and sign the petition using the e-petition platform on the website of the House of Commons. Note that your info remains confidential according to the rules of the House of Commons and wont be disclosed publicly.
- Share the news with your network: Share the following link with your network and ask them to sign the petition: www.iccongress.ca/irancanada
- Join our team as an advocate in your local area: Join ICC as a local ambassador to advocate for re-establishing Canada-Iran relations in your local area. Click here to join our team as an ICC Ambassador.
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