An Evening in Support of the Baha’is of Iran


On August 12, 2009, an event was held in San Francisco’s historic Herbst Theater, entitled “An Evening in Support of the Baha’is of Iran”, to raise awareness about the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran.  Over 1000 attendees, including local dignitaries, government officials, members of the press and others, gathered to support the cause of justice for the community of Iranian Baha’is enduring persistent discrimination and persecution.  Iran Press Watch is happy to provide the following links to videos of this program.

Crowd sitting at the Herbst Theater

Opening piano performance by Eman Isadiar

Welcome and opening remarks by Amy Purchase Reid

Opening prayer Blessed is the Spot by Lauren Grieve

Classical Persian Music and Poem written by Rumi and Hisami, performed by Fares Hedayati and Kaveh Hedayati

Prayer for Solidarity by Fr. Stephen A. Privett S.J., President, University of San Francisco

Human Rights in Iran by Sepi Richardson, Mayor of Brisbane, CA:  part1 and part2

Human Rights in Iran by Ross Mirkarimi, member of the board of supervisors of San Francisco County

Human Rights in Iran by Dr. Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies at Standford University:  part1 and part2

Spoken Word Consolidation Part II by Ijeoma Thomas

Letter to President Obama from children of the Palo Alto community written by Luc, Katherina and Nura, read by Malachi and Blaze

The Situation of the Bahá’ís in Iran by Dr. Farhad Sabetan, Spokesperson for the Bahá’í International Community and Lecturer of Economics at California State University:  part1 and part2

Dramatic Presentation, “We Are Not Spies” by Mansour Taeed:  part1 and part2

Closing Prayers by Beverly Freeman (Englisn), Alisi Latuila (Tongan), Carlos Zamora (Spanish), Monika Meelani (Farsi)  part1 and part2


3 Responses

  1. Mitra

    August 17, 2009 8:06 pm

    Thank you so much. I wish we would do the same in our countries, since right now the Iranian expats also have united around human rights.

  2. E.S.

    August 18, 2009 5:16 am

    Thanks you! I wish that i could have seen the whole presentation. It is so great to see all people in solidarity,..Baha’i or non-Baha’i working for human rights together. I hope this unity continues because the greatest thing coming out of this is that the word of Baha’u’llah is being spread.

  3. Shohreh

    August 19, 2009 9:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful vedio. An example of unity, equlity and raising voices against persecution of the beloved Bahai prisoner in Iran. We are all praying for their release and safty.


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