Beaverton Baha'i Center
Education Under Fire
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States has asked the American people to speak out on the religious persecution of the Baha'i Community in Iran, specifically on the policy (in place for over 30 years) banning Baha'i youth from access to higher education. The letter below was sent to all Baha'i communities in the US.
Education Under Fire is an inter-faith media team who have developed a series of short videos documenting persecution of various ethnic and religious communities in Iran. Information about the team can be found at http://www.educationunderfire.com/our-team/
We hope you will view their web site, view their videos, sign the petition (you may edit the text before sending it), and share this information with your friends, co-workers, and classmates.
The Beaverton Baha'i Community
To the American Bahá'í community
Dearest Bahá'í Friends,
A new double-DVD "Education Under Fire" campaign kit has today been released and we are pleased to draw your attention to it. Referred to as “Your Human Rights Campaign in a Hand-Held Box,” the kit includes copies of the open letter to the international academic community penned by two Nobel Peace Prize laureates—at once the heart of the campaign and its prime rallying point— a simple script with which to introduce the campaign, a brief “Guide for Action” describing "Education Under Fire" and providing steps to follow in promoting it, and answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.” The kit—which is being carried by the Bahá'í Distribution Service—can be ordered online by accessing http://www.bahaibookstore.com/showproducts.cfm?FullCat=1121.
In addition to the "Education Under Fire" documentary, the kit’s two DVDs include seven new videos in the "Angels of Iran" series. These poignant five- to 10-minute video vignettes tell personal stories of resilience in the face of the unspeakable human rights abuses being experienced by Bahá'ís and others under the current Iranian regime. The DVDs also include an extraordinary video appeal by Nobel laureate José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor and one of the two co-authors of the open letter.
Just two weeks ago, "Education Under Fire" launched a special “Drive to 25” effort, seeking 25,000 supporters to sign an online document demanding the release of wrongfully imprisoned educators and administrators of the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education. The document will ultimately generate 175,000 letters petitioning several top Iranian officials to this effect. Some 7,000 signatures have already been posted; with a visit to the "Education Under Fire" website (at www.educationunderfire.com), you can add your name to the effort in about three minutes.
The National Spiritual Assembly again asks you to demonstrate, as you have done so faithfully on so many prior occasions, your perfect solidarity with the Bahá'ís in Iran. Add your support to the “Drive to 25” effort and urge your social media contacts to do the same. Recommend purchase of the "Education Under Fire" kit to your Assembly or group and join them in considering ways it can be employed to further awareness of the indignities daily being visited upon our spiritual sisters and brothers by a powerful and unrelenting foe.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Kenneth E. Bowers
National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá'ís of the United States