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Second Annual Gathering of Iranian Activists

Palm Beach Airport Hilton, West Palm Beach, Florida

September 10-12, 1999

Information about Iranian Activists Gathering:

The annual Gathering is a forum for creative interaction, exchange of ideas and networking between Iranians who are active in cultural, social, political and human rights affairs related to Iran. Last year's Gathering was successfully held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. More than 50 Iranian activists from the United States, Canada and Europe participated in last year's Gathering. All participants in the Gathering are provided with the opportunity and encouraged to actively participate in the workshops and roundtables. Farsi is the language of the Gathering events unless stated otherwise. To foster an atmosphere of collegiality and free interaction, the dress code is casual and informal.

The Gathering includes the following: workshops, panels, keynote speech, self-organized roundtables/panels/workshops, group activities, receptions and book exhibit (this year, the main exhibit is displayed Khavarn Publishing, Paris, France).

Registration Fee: $ 40.00. This fee covers the cost of Gathering, including two evening receptions. You may register prior to the gathering or on site. However, for planning purposes, if you intend to register on site, please inform us by e-mail or telephone.

For hotel reservations, Please Call: 1-800-Hiltons (1-800-445-8667) and ask for room reservations at Palm Beach Airport Hilton for Iranian Activist Gathering. A special rate of $95.00 for a double-bed room including free breakfast for two guests per room is arranged for the event. This rate is also good for three days before and after the Gathering.

You may be able to obtain bargain on air fares by trying WWW.Priceline.Com. For your information, many airlines are presently promoting post labor-day fares.

For More Information, Please e-mail us at IranAction@Aol.Com, or Call:

Hamid Akbari (847) 729-3211
Nasrin Almasi (416) 439-1086
Mohammad Tajdolati (416) 445-9942
Mahmoud Goudarzi (202) 806-8122

See You in West Palm Beach!


This is the schedule of the Second Annual Gathering of Iranian Activists. This schedule is subject to minor changes. Information about the Gathering and registration follows the schedule.

Friday, September 10, 1999:

2:00-5:00 p.m.) Registration

5:00-6:00 p.m.) Reception and Opening Remarks, Members of Coordinating Committee

6:00-7:00 p.m.) Self-organized Roundtables (topics for these roundtables are proposed by one or more of the participants and are attended by others who are interested in them. There are set times allocated for continuing these roundtables on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, there were sessions on poetry, literature, film making and political organizing.)

7:00 p.m.) Friday Night Main Panel: Discussing ways to further develop relations between Iranian activists in the United States, Europe and Canada, Panel organizer: Amir-Houshang Keshavarz-Sadr, Paris, France. A number of other panelists from Europe, Canada and the United States will contribute to this panel.

Saturday, September 11, 1999:

9:00-10:30 a.m.) Simultaneous Workshops 1&2:

Workshop #1: Ending Capital Punishment in Iran, Facilitator: Mohammad Tajdolati, Toronto, Canada.

Workshop #2: Team Building Exercises (Facilitator: TBA)

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Simultaneous Workshops 3&4:

Workshop # 3: An examination of Iranian women's insufficient presence and participation in founding and/or organizing mixed-sex political and human rights organizations/activities outside Iran, Facilitator: Azar Khounani, Chicago, Illinois.

Workshop #4: Affirmation of identity for Americans with Iranian ancestry, Facilitator: Amir Noormandi, Chicago, Illinois.

12:30-2:00 p.m.) Lunch Break

2:00-4:00 p.m.) Simultaneous Workshops 5&6:

Workshop #5: A review of the Islamic Republic's Constitution and its specific violations of rights of, a) all Iranians, b) women, and c) religious minorities, Facilitator: Parviz Dastmalchi, Berlin, Germany.

Workshop #6: A look at Iranian Writers' Association in exile: Implications for organizing efforts, Presenter and Facilitator: Dr. Masoud Noghrehkar, Orlando, Florida.

4:00-5:30 p.m.) Break

5:30-7:00 p.m.) Reception/Self-organized Roundtables and Introduction of the Paris based Publisher and Activist, Taghi Amini, Founder and Managing Director of Khavaran Publishing.

7:00 p.m.) Keynote Speech/Presentation by Reza Deghati. Mr. Deghati is a well-known international photojournalist. His works have been published by the renowned journals of the world, including: National Geographic, the Independent, Le Nouvel Observateur, Geo, Time, Life, Stern and Express. Mr. Deghati's works have been exhibited in the prestigious galleries and museums of the world, including Louvre Museum in Paris. Throughout the years, Mr. Deghati has remained dedicated to the social, cultural and human rights causes of his beloved homeland, Iran. On Saturday night, Mr. Deghati will present his recent works on the Caspian Sea and his other selected works on a number of countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa.

Sunday, September 12, 1999:

9:00-10:30 a.m.) Simultaneous Workshops 7&8:

Workshop #7: Practical considerations for Iranian activists vis-à-vis the reality of ongoing violations of human rights in Iran, Facilitator: Mohammad Parvin, Los Angeles, California.

Workshop #8: Elements of effective organizing and their application among Iranians outside Iran, Facilitator: Hamid Akbari, Chicago, Illinois.

10:30-11:00 a.m.) Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon) Self-Organized Roundtables/

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.) Farewell Assembly


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