Appropriately, and not a moment too soon, an Iranian American "Know Your Rights" resolution H.Res.367, condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans, was introduced into the House last week. This resolution is part of the new Iranian American Know Your Rights Campaign, spearheaded by the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA) together with a coalition of community organizations.
To quote the Iranian American Political Action Committee: "The purpose of the campaign is to: (1) educate Iranian Americans of their civil rights and liberties under the Constitution and Bill of Rights; (2) offer legal protection where civil rights of the Iranian American community are being infringed upon; (3) Educate mainstream America on the Iranian American community; and (4) Create media outreach both within the Iranian American media and mainstream media sources."
For help with discrimination visit the National Iranian American Council's (NIAC) discrimination center. For more general information on your rights in general and how the PATRIOT ACT has changed them, check out an earlier blog entry on this subject.