On Friday, June 29th, Portland-area groups will host an important panel discussion concerning the US pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran. "Forum on Iran: US Withdrawal from the Nuclear Agreement and the Path to War" will be held at 6:30 PM at the First Unitarian Church's Eliot Chapel, 1211 SW Main, in Portland. The forum is free and open to the public.
Speakers will include:
Jamal Abdi-- VP for Policy & Incoming Executive Director for National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
Reese Erlich—Acclaimed investigative journalist and author of numerous books on Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Middle East
Catherine Thomasson, MD—Former Executive Director National Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), traveled on a PSR delegation to Iran in 2007 to promote diplomacy
Jeff Curtis-Former Peace Corps volunteer in Iran (1967-70), Attorney, Active in Portland-Shiraz Friendship Community, recently returned from travel to Iran
In May, Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—known widely as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Diplomats both internationally and in the US fear that this increases the risk of war between the US and Iran. Trump has selected advisers (John Bolton, as National Security Advisor and Mike Pompeo, as Secretary of State) who have openly positioned themselves as eager to go to war with Iran.
In this climate, it is imperative that community members have the opportunity to hear expert speakers discuss the current reality and how a dangerous path to war can be averted.
“The Obama Administration handed Trump a nuclear deal that was working and a diplomatic framework for Iran that could have been built upon to secure US interests. Singularly obsessed with unraveling the accomplishments of his successor, and now surrounded by a cohort of advisers who have been planning for war with Iran for years, Trump’s push for war with Iran is his most reckless policy for America to date.” From NIAC Statement by Jamal Abdi
Partial list of Co-sponsors of the Forum on Iran:
American Iranian Friendship Council-Portland
War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
Portland Shiraz Friendship Community
1211 SW Main St
Portland, OR 97205
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