Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iran: Stop the Crackdown

Dear MoveOn member,

The Iranian people's courage in the face of brutal repression has been inspiring.

But the situation is getting worse. The Iranian regime has begun a violent crackdown against the protesters—including hundreds of arrests and a number of deaths.

Now, it's crucial that the Iranian regime knows that the world is watching and that they must stop their violent repression of peaceful dissent. 

So our friends at Avaaz—a global MoveOn-type organization—have asked people all over the world to stand with the Iranian protesters. Avaaz is aiming for 1 million signatures worldwide and is going to deliver this message of solidarity to other governments, concentrating on the countries with the most influence over Iran's regime. Can you add your name?


A clear message from people all over the world can help put pressure on the Iranian regime to stop the violence. Other Muslim countries in the region and key trading partners like China and Turkey have been mostly silent since the election, but a worldwide outpouring of support can convince them to take action.

Involvement by the American government could be used by the Iranian regime as an excuse to crack down further. But if we, as individuals, join with folks around the world, we can help create a global outcry. The petition will be delivered directly to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the Non-Aligned Movement, the E.U., and the U.N. to show them that the world wants them to act.

Iranians have shown that regular people, using new technologies like Twitter and Facebook, can have a profound impact on world affairs. As they face enormous danger to stand up for democracy and freedom of speech, we should stand with them. Can you add your voice to the chorus of people calling for an end to the violence?


Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Stephen, Laura, Daniel and the rest of the team

P.S. To show your support for the Iranian people, you can also print out this sign and put it in your window.


P.P.S. If you're on Facebook, another great way to show your support is to change your profile picture.  Here's a picture you can use to show that you stand with the protesters in Iran.


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