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OIAC Celebrated the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) on Capitol Hill


Organization of Iranian American Communities holding New Year Celebrations in US Congress
Organization of Iranian American Communities holding New Year Celebrations in US Congress
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bipartisan members of the United States Congress and their staff joined Iranian Americans to celebrate Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and support a free Iran.  House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also sent New Year greetings to the Iranian people & those living abroad. 
In his letter read by the President of Iranian American Community of Wisconsin, Speaker Paul Ryan said that he is looking forward to working with Iranian American community members, "to achieve a free Iran, and a safer, more prosperous future."  Similarly, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi praised the Organization of Iranian American Communities’ (OIAC) members for advocating "democratic values."  "Respect for human rights, gender equality, religious and ethnic tolerance." These values, she noted, are the "driving force in effecting further change in Iran."
In her video message, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi congratulated the Iranian American the New Year, and urged members of Congress to designate the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) expressed his best Nowruz wishes and called for the United States Government to designate Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.   Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-CA) wished Iranians everywhere a happy Nowruz while also highlighting Iranian regime’s nefarious international role.
Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) also expressed his New Year greetings and said Iran "should be a center of democracy, in which the people of Iran can control their own government."  Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) praised Iranian American community members for "their fight for democracy in Iran."
"I want to very much again thank you for this annual pilgrimage to Washington, DC", noted Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) in his remarks, because it helps members understand what Iranian Americans want is "a free Iran." Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) noted,  "Let’s stand for freedom and justice and thus against the mullah tyranny." 
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) congratulated Iranian Americans added, "We are so grateful for those Iranians who believe in freedom."
"I hope to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Iran that we can hopefully …stop exporting terrorism", noted Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO).
Representatives Barbra Comstock (R-VA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Eddie Bernice Johnston (D-TX), and Albio Sires (D-NJ) were other notable congressional members who participated in this year’s Nowruz celebration.