SabzHouston is a grassroots organization formed after the massive election fraud in Iran which took place on June 12, 2009, where students and community members in Houston came together to peacefully protest the fabricated election results in Iran. Sabzhouston supports freedom, democracy, and human rights.

The election turnout was extremely high based on many different source including foreign journalists, exceeding 80%. The official election results declared Ahmadinejad as the winner by a landslide in a atter of hours, hand counting tens of millions of votes! The majority of Iranians voted for Mousavi and Karoubi and were shocked by the results. So, they poured into streets and peacefully protested the results and simply asked “Where is My Vote?” Their peaceful protest was brutally crushed and many innocent protesters lost their lives as the whole world watched the events unfold on Facebook and twitter.

SabzHouston was formed to echo the voices which were being silenced in Iran. Millions of Iranians voted for MirHossein Mousavi and supported him before and after the election. Iranians were hoping for a government that could restore friendship between nations and reduce tensions in the region. Mousavi’s official presidential campaign color was green (in Persian Sabz), and that’s how this movement has been named the Green Movement. SabzHouston supports the Iranian people's green movement and echoes their demands for freedom and human rights, and demand justice for the innocent protesters that have risked their lives. We believe that real change comes from within. Therefore, we follow the lead of the Iranian people inside Iran. We do not follow the interest of any particular political party. We support a free and democratic Iran where all voices can be heard.

Contact us at info@SabzHouston.org or on our Facebook Group.



Joint Statement in condemnation of the crimes of Assad's Regime in Syria

June 9, 2012

To the brave people of Syria,

Fifteen months have passed since the beginning of your freedom-seeking uprising. In these months we, like many others in the world, have been saddened by the tragedies of Darra, Homs, and Hama; we are horrified by the massacre of more than ten thousand Syrian citizens by Assad’s brutal regime, and we salute you and your resistance.

What makes the tragedies of Syria even more painful for many Iranians is the full partnership of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The similarities of the tracing methods, the suppression techniques, the identical operational tactics used against the civilian protesters by pro-government Shabiha militia in Syria and by Basij militia in Iran, and the online tracking of Syrian activists are but a few of the numerous signs that warn us of the involvement of Iranian regime with the Assad regime. Furthermore, recently the Iranian security and military officials are publicly bragging about the presence and involvement of the Quds Forces (the special branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) in Syria in support of the Syrian government.

The Iranian government suppresses its shia and non-shia citizens by exploiting shias’ religious beliefs inside Iran. Outside of Iran, in the name of Islam and under the pretense of defending Muslims, the Iranian regime pretends to support people of Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan. Yet in the case of Syrian people, this same government hypocritically and under the pretense of “resistance against Israel,” supports, assists, and justifies the brutalities of Assad regime, since it perceives that the fall of Bashar Al-Assad weakens the foundation of the Iranian regime.

The insufficient attention of the international community to the slaughter of the Syrian people and failing to enforce the arms sanctions on Assad’s regime, especially the violation of these sanctions by Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, have led to the most horrendous crimes in Syria. Unfortunately, the support of Assad’s criminal regime is not limited to a few hypocritical politicians. Many of the so-called peace activists, who claim to support the people of Gaza, Egypt, and Tunisia, fail to support Syrian people because of ideological excuses based on the “anti-western” status of the Syrian government. It is evident, that as long as Assad’s regime stays in power, the brutalities will intensify and restoring peace will remain uncertain. We invite all Iranians and the international community to not remain silent and to stand against the crimes of Assad regime. Our silence is a license to kill.

We call on the people of Syria to prevent Assad’s regime from spreading ethnic and religious divisions among them. We hope that after fall of Assad, Syria will become a country in which all citizens are equal without any ethnic or religious discrimination. Although the wounds of the recent tragedies cut deep, we hope that the Syrian people will look into the post-revolution brutalities of Iran's 1979 revolution and abstain from the revenge and the revolutionary violence to avoid replacing one dictator with another.

We salute your resistance and we support you and your struggle until the end.


Signed by:

Iran PORSA
Austin for Iran
Students for the Iranian Green Movement Association-SIGMA
Students' Green Movement of Vancouver
Iranian liberal students and graduates (ILSG)
Green Activists for a Democratic Iran
Green Experts of Iran
Solidarity with Iran's Democratic Movement – Edmonton (SIDME)
SabzHouston
Iranian democratic student association in George Washington University
Iranian Solidarity Network, Fresno
Green Students for a Democratic Iran - Southern California
Iranian Association for Human Rights and Democracy- Hamburg
Society for Democracy in Iran - Southern California
22nd Group Hamburg
Ottawa Green Path

Click here for the statement in Persian - بیانیه فارسی


Discussion panel and open forum

event flyer IRAN in the midst of internal and international crisis
featuring Ali Afshari and Borghan Nezami Narajabad

 
Date:
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Rice University Herring Hall
Street:
2100 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

The Iranian regime is facing internal and international chaos.  A year after the house arrest of the Iranian Green Movement leaders, the Iranian regime is preparing for parliamentary elections, However, in the wake of the brutal crackdowns after the disputed 2009 presidential elections, no reformist candidates are running.

At the same time, Iran is facing economic crises. The UN Security Council has recently increased economic sanctions in order to convince the Iranian regime to give up its nuclear ambitions. Iran’s oil exports have already been affected, and is expected to get worse as European oil sanctions become effective in July 2012.    

SabzHouston is honored to have two prominent figures to elaborate Iran’s current situation and answer your questions.

4PM - 5PM: Speech in Persian
5PM - 6PM: Q&A in Persian or English

Map: Herring Hall is #28 on this Rice University Map

Visitor parking lots are,in order of distance:
Central Campus Garage; #44 on map, $5 per hour, $11 per day
West Lot 1; $3 per hour, $11 per day
Greenbriar Lot; $1 per day

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Update: Video of the event now available on SabzHouston's YouTube Channel.

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SabzHouston statement on the murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh

event flyer Rest in Peace Gelareh

SabzHouston is devastated with the tragic death of its beloved member, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, who was shot by an unknown suspect on January 16th, 2012. We are shocked by her death and cannot express our sorrow for her and her family.

Gelareh hoped to live in a free Iran. She was an active member of SabzHouston and her dedication to Iranian people's struggle for democracy and liberty cannot be forgotten. Gelareh had a bright professional future ahead of her. She was expecting to graduate from M.D. Anderson by the end of the current academic year, and was very excited about her job offers.

Although she is not with us anymore, her memory and her cause will remain dear in our hearts.

We ask anyone with information about this tragedy to call the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. In the mean time, we request everyone to avoid speculating about the motivations behind this tragedy.

A memorial service is being held by Gelareh's family on Monday, January 23th, 3:30pm, at the Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX.

SabzHouston
January 20, 2012


Update: CrimeStoppers has offered a record $200,000 for information regarding Gelareh's murder. All tipsters will remain anonymous.


Past Event: Talk and open forum with Ardeshir Amir-Arjomand

event flyer جنبش سبز: پیشرفت یا رکود؟
 
Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Time:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Jones Hall, University of St. Thomas
Street:
3910 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

سخنرانی و پرسش و پاسخ با اردشیر امیر ارجمند

دکتر اردشیر امیر ارجمند، مشاور میر‌حسین موسوی، سخنگوی شورای هماهنگی‌ راه سبز امید، و استاد سابق حقوق و صاحب کرسی «حقوق بشر، صلح و دمکراسی یونسکو» در دانشگاه شهید بهشتی‌ می‌باشد. وی در زمان انتخابات ریاست جمهوری ۸۸، ریاست کمیته حقوقی ستاد انتخاباتی میرحسین موسوی را بر عهده داشت.

امیر ارجمند مخالف دولتی شدن نهادهای دینی و رد صلاحیت افراد با عنوان عدم التزام به نظام است.


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Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Ezzatollah and Haleh Sahabi

event flyer شمعی به یاد عزت الله و شهید هاله سحابی
 
Date:
Friday, June 3, 2011
Time:
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Williams Waterwall (Galleria Area)
Street:
2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX

Haleh Sahabi, activist and daughter of a prominent Iranian dissident Ezzatollah Sahabi died of injuries after being attacked by plainclothes government agents during her father's funeral.
We will get together to light a candle in memory of these activists.


<< Short Notice - Please Spread the Word >>

خبر کشته شدن هاله سحابی در مراسم خاکسپاری پدر، همه ما را تکان داد. نه تنها غمی جدید را به غم های سال های اخیر اضافه کرد، بلکه به ما یادآور شد که صبر و انتظار و خوش باوری و ناله شبگیر، چاره کار نیست. باشد که نظاره گر پایان تاریکی باشیم


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Joint Statement in condemnation of the widespread violence throughout Libya and the Middle East

March 30, 2011

چهارشنبه، ۱۰ فروردین ۱۳۹۰

در هفته هایی که گذشت، دنیا شاهد کشتار مردم بی گناه، مبارز و آزادی خواه در لیبی بود. قساوت و شقاوت دیکتاتور لیبی، جامعه جهانی را برآن داشت که برای حفظ جان مردم بی گناه در برابر رهبری وارد عمل شوند که بجای شنیدن صدای اعتراض مردم، آنها را به استفاده از مواد روانگرادان و بازیچه دست سرویس های اطلاعاتی بیگانه شدن متهم می کرد. متاسفانه دیگر دیکتاتورهای منطقه به جای عبرت گرفتن از این سرنوشت، دوباره دست به خشونت می برند تا جایی که در اعتراضات مردمی جنوب سوریه علیه دیکتاتوری خاندان اسد، ده‌ها نفر کشته شده اند. سرکوبهای بحرین ، یمن، اردن، عربستان سعودی، الجزایر و آذربایجان نیز شواهد دیگری از موج اعمال خشونت از جانب حکومتهای استبدادی بر اعتراضات مردمی می باشند. اما حکومت‌های دیکتاتور تنها عاملان خشونت علیه مردم بی‌گناه و بی‌خبر نیستند. سرنوشت زنی که در بمب گزاری روز چهارشنبه، سوم فروردین ۱۳۹۰، در بیت المقدس کشته شد و بسیاری از آسیب‌دیدگان آن حادثه تروریستی یا حوادث مشابه آن که در عراق اتفاق می افتد، می تواند سرنوشت هر یک از ما در زندگی روزمره مان باشد. این حرکتهای خشونت طلبانه نشانه ای جز ضعف تحلیل عاملان و بزدلی آمران آن ندارند. کشتن مردم بی گناه تحت هر عنوان و هدفی، جنایت علیه بشریت است و این افراد مورد ملامت‌ قاطبه جهانیان هستند.

گروههای دانشجویی و دانشگاهی ایرانی حامی این بیانیه تمامی جنایات اخیر، اعم از خشونت دیکتاتورهای منطقه خاورمیانه علیه مردم معترض یا خشونتهای تروریستی علیه مردم کوچه و بازار را قویا محکوم می کنند و خواهان مجازات عاملان و آمران این جنایات در دادگاههای جنایت علیه بشریت هستند. خشونت طلبان هم عصر ما باید بدانند که دوران تحمل خشونت طلبی به سر آمده است. امروز با پیشرفت فناوری، ظرف مدت زمانی کوتاه تمامی جنایتها به سمع و بصر اذهان بیدار خواهد رسید و موجب بیزاری همگان از آنان خواهد شد.


تشکلهای حامی:

پرسا - پویش راه سبز دانش آموختگان و دانشجویان ایرانی
آستین برای ایران – شاخه دانشجویی
جنبش راه سبز اتاوا
سبز هیوستون
دانشجویان سبز دانشگاه تگزاس اِی اَند اِم, green aggies
سیگما - گروه دانشجویان برای حرکت سبز ایران- دانشگاه ویکتوریا
گروه Activists۴Iran، شهر رم، ایتالیا
حامیان جنبش سبز ایران در لهستان (Hungarian supporters of green movement of iran)
انجمن دانشجویی دموکراتیک، دانشگاه جورج واشنگتن (Democratic student association in George Washington University)
رساب، راه سبز امید (بریتانیا)
جنبش سبز دانشجویی ونکوور، کانادا
جمعی از دانشجویان سبز تورنتو، کانادا


Joint Statement pleading international pressure for the release of Green Leaders

February 25, 2011

درخواست دانشجویان و دانشگاهیان ایرانی خارج از کشور از جامعه بین المللی برای اعمال فشار جهت رفع حصر رهبران سبز درایران

شنبه، ۲۳ بهمن ۱۳۸۹

حاکمیت ایران با سرکوب بی رحمانه راهپیمایی مسالمت آمیز شهروندان ایرانی در ۲۵بهمن ماه بار دیگر نشان داد که به موازین بین المللی و قانون اساسی ایران پای بند نیست. کشته شدن حداقل سه تن از شهروندان ایرانی و دستگیری اعضای خانواده کشته شدگان و شکنجه آنان برای اعترافات کذب، تنها گویای بخشی از بی رحمی و سبعیت حاکمیت استبدادی جمهوری اسلامی است. در ادامه سرکوب و تجاوز به حقوق شهروندان ایرانی، حاکمیت ایران اخیرا رسما اعلام کرده است رهبران جنبش دموکراسی خواهی مردم ایران میرحسین موسوی، زهرا رهنورد، مهدی کروبی و فاطمه کروبی را با اتهام درخواست راهپیمایی مسالمت آمیز که آزادی آن در اصل ۲۷ قانون اساسی ایران به رسمیت شناخته شده است بدون محاکمه و با نقض آشکار اصل ۳۲ قانون اساسی تحت حصرخانگی قرار داده است. ما به عنوان نمایندگان بخشی از دانشجویان و دانش آموختگان ایرانی خارج از کشور درخواست می کنیم تا با اعمال فشار دیپلماتیک بر دولت ایران موجبات رفع حصر رهبران جنبش دمکراسی خواهی ایران فراهم شود. ملت ایران رفتار جامعه بین المللی در قبال این موضوع را مد نظر قرار خواهد داد و آن را به منزله آزمونی برای وفاداری به اصول دموکراسی و حقوق بشر قلمداد خواهد کرد. مقاومت ملت ایران و اعتراضات گسترده ۲۵ بهمن و اول اسفند نشان داد که اقتدارگرایان در ایران دیر یا زود رفتنی هستند و ملت ایران از هم اکنون دوستان واقعی خود را برای فردای ایران آزاد خواهد شناخت.


پرسا - پویش راه سبز دانش آموختگان و دانشجویان ایرانی
آستین برای ایران – شاخه دانشجویی
جنبش راه سبز اتاوا
سبز هیوستون
دانشجویان سبز دانشگاه تگزاس اِی اَند اِم
همبستگی‌با جنبش دموکراتیک ایران – ادمونتون
سیگما - گروه دانشجویان برای حرکت سبز ایران- دانشگاه ویکتوریا
راه سبز مالزی (رسام)
دانشجویان ایرانی رم activist4iran – Rome
دانشجویان سبز حامی دمکراسی در ایران – جنوب کالیفرنیا
سبزهای مجارستان - Iran green movement supporters, Budapest, Hungary
انجمن دانشجویان دموکراسی خواه ایرانی واشنگتن (IDSA)
نسل آزادیخواه ایران - اتریش


United Against Dictators in The Middle East.

event flyer From Azadi Sq. in Tehran to Tahrir Sq. in Cairo - Dictators Must Go!
 
Date:
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Time:
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
In front of the Egyptian consulate in Houston
Street:
5718 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

From Azadi Sq. in Tehran to Tahrir Sq. in Cairo - Dictators Must Go!
Including Ben Ali, Mubarak, and Khamenei!


We will join Egyptians and freedom loving citizens of Houston who are celebrating the departure of Mubarak and demanding a smooth transition into democracy.

We will also have postcards to be signed, addressed to the UN. The focus of the post cards is on the recent wave of executions by the illegitimate Iranian regime.

The Iranian government executes 1 PERSON every 8 HOURS. Most often the courts are held behind closed doors and without access to legal representation. The MURDERERS must be held accountable.

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Joint Statement in Support of 25'th of Bahman Rallies

February 12, 2011

شنبه، ۲۳ بهمن ۱۳۸۹

بهمن یادآور مبارزه با استبداد است. اینبار برادران و خواهرانمان در تونس و مصر انقلاب ۲۵ها را بنیان نهادند تا ریشه خودکامگی و استبداد که گاه در لباس سکولاریسم و گاه در پوستین دین، خون جوانان وطن را می ریزد، از ریشه برکنند. از دیگر سو این ایام یادآور انقلاب ۵۷ است. انقلابی که در دستیابی به اهداف خود ناکام ماند و آرمانهای آن قربانی قدرتطلبی عده ای شد که با چپاول ثروت ملی، پایه های دیکتاتوری خود را تحکیم کرده اند.

امروز با تاسی از جنبشهای فراگیر آزادی خواه در منطقه، بار دیگر در مقابل دیکتاتوری سی ساله می ایستیم و دعوت رهبران جنبش سبز را پاسخ می گوییم تا در ۲۵ بهمن ماه، آرمانهای برزمین مانده بهمن ۵۷ را مطالبه کنیم. آرمانهایی نظیر تحقق حاکمیت ملی و رعایت حقوق بشر. در ۲۵ بهمن فریاد برآریم که با هر شکلی از دیکتاتوری، چه شاهنشاهی و چه دینی، مبارزه می کنیم و راه شهیدان آزادی از بند استبداد در بهمن ۵۷ را ادامه می دهیم.

تشکلهای حامی این فراخوان از دانشجویان و دانشگاهیان و تمامی ایرانیان دعوت می کنند که با غریو الله اکبر و ننگ بر دیکتاتورشان در شب ۲۴ بهمن و حضور گسترده و فعال خود در تظاهرات ۲۵ بهمن، کاخ استبداد را به لرزه درآورند تا آزادی برای ایران و ایرانی به ارمغان آید.

خواهران و برادران، نجات وطن بدست ماست، از این محبس نجاتش ده ...


تشکلهای حامی:

پویش راه سبز دانش آموختگان و دانشجویان ایرانی (پرسا)
دانشجویان حامی جنبش سبز ایران (سیگما)، دانشگاه ویکتوریا، کانادا
راه سبز اتاوا
جمعی از دانشجویان سبز تورنتو
آستین برای ایران - شاخه دانشجویی
نسل آزادیخواه ایران - اتریش
جنبش سبر دانشجویی ونکوور
سبز هیوستون
انجمن دانشجویان ایرانی دانشگاه جورج واشنگتن
همبستگی‌ با جنبش دموکراتیک ایران – ادمونتون (سیدمی )
دانشجویان سبزدانشگاه تگزاس اِی اَند اِم
شبکه همیاری با جنبش سبز مردم ایران در شیکاگو


Joint Statement in Support of Freedom Movements in the Middle East.

February 1, 2011

The world has been closely following the anti-dictatorship and freedom movements in the Middle East. The people of this region have chosen peaceful civil disobedience to overcome their common suffering under dictatorial regimes. The protests that were brutally and inhumanly crushed by the Iranian regime last year have rekindled in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan. So far, the armed forces of Tunisia and Egypt have more or less protected their people against the brutality of their governments’ secret services and militias. We hope they will continue to support their people and avoid the eternal shame of brutally cracking down their own people like the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Iranian students, as well as civil and human rights activists all over the world follow and support the brave people of Tunisia and Egypt. Freedom loving citizens of the region and the world share the aspirations of the freedom movements of Egypt and Tunisia, in particular pluralism and anti-authoritarianism. They have realized that despite their ideological differences, the path to a democratic and just society passes through mutual respect of everybody’s rights and the unity in protection of these rights is the key to a democratic society. When authoritarian regimes collapse, establishing a political system that does not favor any ideology or sect is essential for democracy. What followed Iran’s 1979 Revolution contains crucial lessons for progressive movements in Arab nations about the dangers and pitfalls of achieving democracy. Similarly, the persistence of Egypt’s opposition leadership on the removal of their totalitarian regime while adhering to the principles of pluralism is an invaluable lesson for Iranian activists.

The fate of dictators, including the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is clear. Last year, Iranians wanted to reclaim their basic right to vote and assemble. Their peaceful protests were brutally suppressed by military forces and state militia. The Iranian state’s oppressive policies are costing its last chances for a peaceful transition of power. Over time, more and more Iranians see the removal of their rulers as the only way to regain their civil rights. Imprisonment and execution of political and social activists, news censorship, and media blackouts have not eliminated Iranians’ quest for human rights. Neither have they improved the corrupt image of the Iranian regime. High unemployment and extreme economic hardship will only add to people’s frustration. On the day that peoples’ suffering ignites their anger, nothing can prevent the collapse of a dictatorial regime. This is indeed the fate of all tyrant pharaohs, be it in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran or elsewhere.

Signed by:

Iran PORSA
Austin For Iran – Student Chapter
Iranian democratic student association in George Washington University
Iran`s Liberal Generation - Austria
Green Students for a Democratic Iran - Southern California
SabzHouston
Green Aggies – Texas A&M
SCADI-NY, Solidarity committee to advance democracy in Iran, NY
SIDME - Solidarity with Iran's Democratic Movement – Edmonton, Alberta
SIGMA (Students for Iranian Green Movement Association)
Solidarity Committee to protect Iranian people will, Washington DC
Student Green Movement of Vancouver


Click here for the statement in Persian - بیانیه فارسی


Past Event: Supporting Mohammad Rasoulof

event flyer Supporting Mohammad Rasoulof by attending his film, The White Meadows
 
Date:
Friday, January 28, 2011
Time:
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Street:
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

In support the jailed director, Mohammad Rasoulof, SabzHouston invites you to attend his film, The White Meadows


Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof was arrested in March of 2010 along with Jafar Panahi for supporting the Green Movement of Iran. Rasoulof has been sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment.

We will attend his film "The White Meadows" at MFAH to show our support of him, Jafar Panahi, and all other political prisoners in Iran. We will attend in green attire.

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Past Event: Movie Screening

event flyer For Human Rights in Iran: "No One Knows About Persian Cats" Screening
 
Date:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Time:
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Rice University, Graduate Student Lounge
Street:
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77006

SabzHouston presents:

In support of Human Rights in Iran, Sabz Houston presents:
Film Screening: "No One Knows About Persian Cats" by Bahman Ghobadi.
106 min - Drama (English Subtitles)


This Film is about Iranian underground music groups but in reality it is about all the social liberties the Iranian people have been denied for more than 3 decades.

The film is careful to avoid explicit political statement, but its reticence makes its critique of the Iranian regime all the more devastating. It will also make anyone who had grown cynical about the transformative, galvanizing power of popular music — an idea that might seem quaint in Western democracies, though less so in the former police states of the Warsaw Pact — think, and possibly believe, again.

Mr. Ghobadi punctuates these excursions with what are, in effect, music videos, in which songs in various styles by local groups (Take It Easy Hospital is the name of Negar and Ashkan’s nascent act) are accompanied by montages of daily life in Iran’s sprawling capital. The images evoke extremes of wealth and poverty, the heavy hand of the government and also the defiance and beauty of children, teenagers and university students.


Persian hot tea and pastries will be served before the film. The event will be followed with a free discussion.


Directions and Parking:

Get the Rice University Map here.
The Graduate Student Lounge is located at the basement of the "Rice Memorial Center" (Student Center), #57 on the pdf map, or here.
The closest parking lot is the "Central Campus Garage", in the basement of #44 on the pdf map, or here. $4 per hour, $11 maximum.
The cheapest parking lot is the "Greenbrior Lot", northwest of the pdf map, or here. $1 per entrance.
You may be able to park off campus as well.


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Past Event: Discussion Panel

event flyer Iran: A Year After Fraudulent Elections, featuring Khalaji & Noorbakhsh
 
Date:
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Time:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:
University of St. Thomas - Jones Hall
Street:
3910 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

SabzHouston presents:

Iran: A year after fraudulent elections. Discussion panel with two prominent speakers:
Mehdi Khalaji, Senior fellow at The Washington Institute
Mehdi Noorbakhsh, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

4:00PM - 4:30PM: Registration
4:30PM - 5:30PM: Panel in Persian (Hardcopy of English Summary Will be Available)
5:30PM - 6:00PM: Q&A (Multilingual, English or Persian)

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at rsvp@SabzHouston.org

Dr. Khalaji is a writer and expert in Shiite Islam and Iran’s domestic politics. He is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on Iranian politics as well as the politics of Shiite groups in the Middle East. A Shiite theologian by training, Mr. Khalaji has also served on the editorial boards of two prominent Iranian periodicals and produced for the BBC as well as the U.S. government’s Persian news service. In Qom, and later in Tehran, Mr. Khalaji launched a career in journalism, first serving on the editorial board of a theological journal, Naqd va Nazar, and then the daily Entekhab. In addition to his own writing, he has translated the works of the humanist Islamic scholar Muhammad Arkoun. In 2000, Mr. Khalaji moved to Paris where he studied Shiite theology and exegesis in the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. He also worked for BBC Persian as a political analyst on Iranian affairs, eventually becoming a broadcaster for the Prague-based Radio Farda, the Persian-language service of the U.S. government’s Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Dr. Noorbaksh is writing a book on the interaction of Islam, nationalism, and democratic change in Iran. He specializes in international politics, global energy and health, and democratic movements and processes in Middle Eastern politics. He has published extensively on Middle East politics in journals such as the Middle East Policy Journal and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, and his MBA and MHA from the University of Houston. Before becoming a faculty member at Harrisburg University, he was teaching at the University of St. Thomas, Center for International Studies. Prior to that, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently a fellow at the Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas.



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Past Event: Emergency Rally

event flyer Condeming the execution of political prisoners in Iran
 
Date:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Time:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Westheimer @ Post Oak Blvd
Street:
2521 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

Wednesday, May 12 we will be gathering in solidarity with the people of Iran to condemn the recent execution of five political prisoners. This is an emergency action called by local activists, to show our disgust and outrage at the recent killings by the Iranian regime.

Our hearts ache for the brave mothers and fathers who in the past few days have been waiting outside the prison walls in hopes of receiving the tortured, lifeless body of their executed son or daughter. Can we call ourselves human if we sit back and don't join them in their struggle for freedom? Don't we owe it to them and ourselves to stand up with them? Let us not forget our people in their hour of need, we must show them we care and hurt with them!

Please make an effort and join us! We should do whatever we can to stop these killings, and to not let the regime continue these actions without global opposition.

Please wear black or dark colors as we are mourning the execution of our heroes. Don't let anything hold you back.

Due to the short notice, please help spread the word. You are the media! See you tomorrow.

Thank you


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Previous Event: Solidarity with Mourning Mothers - featuring Shirin Ebadi

event flyer In support of Iran's mourning mothers - featuring Shirin Ebadi
 
Date:
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Time:
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Westheimer @ Post Oak Blvd
Street:
2521 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

Please join us and the Nobel Peace Prize winning laureate SHIRIN EBADI on Sunday, March 28th, at 5:30 PM for a vigil in support of Iranian mothers mourning their children who have been jailed, tortured, and/or killed for demanding freedom for Iran.

Please:

1. Dress code for the event is BLACK (or dark colors)
2. Due to the short notice, please help spread the word. You are the media.

Thank you,
SabzHouston


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Past Event: 22nd of Bahman

event flyer 22nd of Bahman, United Like Never Before, Houston
 
Date:
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Time:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Westheimer @ Post Oak Blvd
Street:
2521 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

February 11 marks the anniversary of the Iranian revolution and the emergence of the Islamic republic. Please join us as we unite for a global effort to show support for the upcoming protests in Iran. We will meet just as the Iranian people prepare to protest in Iran to ensure they know of the support they have around the world as they proceed to risk their lives to defend the freedoms we are blessed to have.

Where the people of Iran send us pictures of violence and brutality, we must step up and return footage of support so the people of Iran can witness the international community’s unwavering support for them and their struggle to attain basic human and civil rights.

DEMANDS

  • Freedom of Press, Assembly, and Expression, as guaranteed under international covenants that Iran has signed
  • Freedom all Prisoners of Conscience, including journalists, students, civil society activists, and minorities.
  • Stopping Murder, Torture, and Rape and holding accountable those responsible
  • Immediate Halt to Executions and Show Trials

GOALS
  • Highlight the upcoming 22 Bahman demonstrations in Iran
  • Focus the international community’s attention not just on the ongoing human and civil rights abuses, but also on the struggles the Iranian people will face on 22 Bahman
  • Reaffirm to the people of Iran the world’s support and solidarity in their fight for basic civil & human rights and remind them “You are NOT alone.”

Signs will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Thank you


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Past Event: Speech featuring Eshkevari

event flyer SabzHouston and the Rice Iranian Society (RIS) Present:
The Role of Clergy in Iran's Green Movement, with Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari

 
Date:
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Time:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Rice University Herring Hall
Street:
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77006

Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari (1950 - ) is an Iranian cleric, researcher, journalist, former member of parliament and reformist. He has been described as "an active supporter of the revolution" who became "an outspoken and influential critic of the current Iranian version of theocracy." He was de-frocked and served four years in prison (2002-2005) after being convicted in the Special Court for the Clergy.

4PM - 5PM: Speech in Persian (Hardcopy of English Summary Will be Available)
5PM - 6PM: Q&A (With English Translation)

Map: Herring Hall is #28 on the Rice University Map. Visitor parking lots are (in order of distance) Central Campus Garage ($1 per 17.5 minutes), West Lot ($1 per 35 minutes), and Greenbriar Lot ($1 per day).

Note: This event is held in an academic environment. Please refrain from bringing any signs or political slogans.

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Now online: Introduction in Persian
Now online: Abstract of talk in English and Persian
Now online: Videos of talk in Persian


SabzHouston's Statement regarding Iran's Bloody Sunday (Ashura)

What happened on the bloody Sunday of Iran (Dec 27, 2009), showed the emptiness of the Iranian dictators fidelity to any human decency, let alone any religious values and teachings. On the day of Ashura, the most sacred day of Shia culture, security forces killed at least 10 innocent protesters in Tehran and over 25 protesters in other cities of Iran.

These brutalities happened six months after crushing the peaceful protests of the Iranian people against the fraudulent presidential election in June. Since then, however, the Iranian green movement has grown in depth and demands.

The Iranian regime have been trying to label this movement as a short- lived violent protest by a limited fraction of the Iranian society. But the Iranian green movement has proven itself to be a nonviolent inclusive pursuit of justice and liberty by all Iranians and citizens of the world who respect these principals regardless of their political, religious or ethnic affiliations.

We stand united behind the Iranian people's green movement and pay our respect to all innocent lives lost on the bloody Sunday of Iran, and keep their cause dear in our hearts.



Past Event: Candlelight Vigil for Iran's Bloody Sunday Martyrs

event flyer 7'th day memorial for the past Sunday (Ashura) martyrs
 
Date:
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Time:
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location:
Westheimer @ Post Oak Blvd
Street:
5000 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056

Please join us on Sunday, Jan 3rd, at 4:30 PM for a candlelight vigil in honor of all the courageous martyrs who were killed while mourning Ashoora in Tehran, and to remember all those who died fighting for Freedom in Iran.

The organizers kindly ask you to respect a few requests in order to have a more organized and united event:

1. Black or dark clothing is encouraged.
2. Candles / lighters are provided.
3. Please call / email everybody who can not be invited through Facebook.
4. Please refrain from any chants, this is a SILENT protest.
5. Feel free to bring related/updated slogans to the recent massacre in Iran.


Viva Freedom.
SabzHouston


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Past Event: Ayatollah Montazeri and Ashura Memorial

event flyer Candlelight vigil in support of those rallying for Democracy and Freedom in Iran on the same day
 
Date:
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Time:
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Kirby @ University Blvd

Join Sabzhouston for a candlelight vigil in honor of Ashura protestors and the 7th day of Mr. Montazeri’s passing. Montazeri has been one of the greatest advocates of human rights and individual freedom in Iran for last 30 years. He fought for the right of political prisoners and justice while other clerics where fighting for their share in government and wealth.

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Side program: Handheld 32 feet awareness banner on I-59 @ Graustark Bridge "Don't Give Up On IRAN"


Photo by: Borghan N.


Past Event: 16'th of Azar, National Student's Day

event flyer In support of those rallying for Democracy and Freedom in Iran on the same day
 
Date:
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Time:
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location:
Kirby @ University Blvd

16'th of Azar (December 7th) is the National Students Day in Iran.

Iranian students who have been protesting at their campuses around Iran during the past few months, have been violently treated, expelled from studying, and some arrested, jailed, tortured and raped. On Sunday, December 6th, we will gather in Houston just like others do around the world to show our solidarity and support for their non-violent GREEN Movement, their struggle for achieving their basic constitutional rights, and their brave non-violent resistance against violence imposed by the Islamic regime of Iran.

This gathering is going to be very quiet and there will be no chanting. Green attire is encouraged. You are also encouraged to bring your own signs as long as the message supports the Green Movement of Iran.

Thank you for your support.

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Side program: Distributing flyers to raise awareness on Iran at Rice University, December 7.


Past Event: 13'th of Aban

event flyer In support of those rallying for Democracy and Freedom in Iran on the same day

Date:
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Time:
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:
I-59 @ Graustark Bridge

To raise awareness on Iran, and in support those rallying for Democracy and Freedom in Iran the same day, a 32 feet banner was held on I-59 @ Graustark Bridge, reading "Don't Give Up On IRAN"

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Past Event: SabzHouston presents 'Green Iran'

event flyer Free Admission
 
Date:
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time:
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location:
Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston
Street:
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004

Guest Speaker from New York: Dr. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University Professor
Topic: How to help the Civil Rights Movement in Iran?

Live Performance: Tehranosaurus from Austin, TX

Live Performance: Freedom Glory Project from New York, NY


Notes:
-Green Attire Encouraged
-Kids Under 12 are not allowed
-Program is in English


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Past Event: New York City Rally


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event flyer Rally against Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations General Assembly
 
Date:
Wednesday - Thursday, September 23 - 24, 2009
Time:
TBA
Location:
United Nations Headquarters
Street:
3 United Nations Plaza (subject to change)
New York, NY 10017

Join us and voices4iran.org in New York City, September 23rd and 24th, as we step up for Iran and declare to the international community that Ahmadinejad does not represent the Iranian people. Instead, the Iranian administration should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
Iran is at a turning point, for the better or worse. There may never be another chance like this...

The organizers kindly ask you to respect a few requests in order to have a more organized and united event:

1. Dress code for the event is GREEN. Please wear green if possible.
2. Please do not bring national flags. We all love our countries and their symbols, but at this action we strive for a united event with a message that doesn’t appear factional. We offer people the option of a green/white/red flag with no emblem in the middle or with a positive text.

Thank you

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Past Event: Green Friday

event flyer In support of those rallying for Democracy and Freedom in Iran on the same day
Date:
Friday, September 18, 2009
Time:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
In front of Al-Hadi Mosque
Street:
2313 S Voss Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

Freedom-loving residents of the Greater Houston area will gather on Friday, Sep 18, at 6 PM, wearing GREEN, in support those rallying for Democracy and Freedom in Iran the same day. The protest will be in front of Al-Hadi mosque which has alleged ties to the Iranian regime.

Note: Do not park in the mosque parking lot, they can/will tow you.

Thank you

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Side program: Handheld 32 feet awareness banner on I-59 @ Graustark Bridge "Don't Give Up On IRAN"


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Past Event: Candlelight Vigil

Neda's 40th day anniversary flyer Candlelight Vigil for The 40th Day Anniversary of Neda's Death
 
Date:
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Westheimer @ Post Oak Blvd
Street:
5000 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056

Freedom-loving residents of the Greater Houston area will gather on Thursday, July 30, at 7 PM for a candlelight vigil in honor of the 40th day anniversary of Neda's death, and to remember all those who died fighting for Freedom in Iran.

The organizers kindly ask you to respect a few requests in order to have a more organized and united event:

1. Please wear black or dark colors.
2. Please refrain from bringing any flags.
3. Candles / lighters are provided but feel free to bring your own.

Thank you

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Past Event: Global Action Day

united for Iran poster United for Iran Global Action Day in Austin, TX
 
Date:
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Time:
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location:
Austin City Hall
Street:
301 W. Second Street
Austin, TX

We ask all freedom-loving citizens of Texas to join us on July 25, 2009 for a rally in support of the Iranian people and in condemnation of the human rights abuses being committed by the Iranian government.

Sponsors for this event are: Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty Int'l USA, Nobel Woman's Initiative, Iranian League for Defense of Human Rights (LDDHI), International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Omid Advocates for Human Rights and many more...

What: Rally, part of United for Iran Global Action Day ( united4iran.org) -- Ahmadinejad is not the President of Iran. Uniting Texans in Austin for the cause of the Iranian people.

When: Saturday, July 25th, 8:00 pm - 10:00pm

Where: Austin, Texas: Start at City Hall, March on 1st street bridge towards Auditorium Shores where there will be music and speeches."

Here is the google map address:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=301+W.+Second+St.,+Austin,+TX+78701&sll=30.267593,-97.746778&sspn=0.007876,0.019269&ie=UTF8&ll=30.267704,-97.746885&spn=0.00834,0.019269&z=16&iwloc=A

Please refrain from bringing any flags or using inflammatory slogans.

This event is jointly organized by SabzHouston, Austin for Iran, San Antonio Iranians, and some A&M students from College Station.

Carpool:
Please send an email RSVP@SabzHouston.org if you live in Houston Area and need to carpool with us.

Anyone from San Antonio interested in attending, please note that a bus ride to and from the event has been arranged for $10 per passenger. Contact Iraj at (210) 601-0097 or message SA Iranians on facebook.

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Past Event: 18th of Tir Anniversary


10th Anniversary of the 18th of Tir Student Uprising in Iran

 
Date:
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Time:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Williams Waterwall (Galleria Area)
Street:
2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX

Iranian-Americans in the Greater Houston area will gather on Sunday, July 12, at 6:30 PM for the 10th Anniversary of 18 Tir Student Uprising in Iran and to honor and remember brave Iranians that have sacrificed their lives for freedom and democracy in Iran since the Election day on June 12, 2009.

There will be a long green fabric (Green Scroll) for everyone to sign and state that "Ahmadinejad is NOT Iran's President".

The program will include music, poetry reading, Iran's national anthem, and chanting.

The organizers kindly ask you to respect a few requests in order to have a more organized and united event:

1. Please wear GREEN or WHITE
2. Please do not bring any flags
3. Bring slogans/posters relevant to recent incidents in Iran

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Past Event: Candlelight Vigil

Candlelight Vigil in Houston to Remember Those Killed in Iran
 
Date:
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Time:
8:00pm - 8:50pm
Location:
Williams Waterwall (Galleria Area)
Street:
2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX

sabzHouston Presents:

Iranian-Americans in the Greater Houston area will gather Sunday at 8 PM for a candlelight vigil to remember Iranians killed in Iran since the election.

The organizers ask you to kindly respect a few requests in order to have a more organized and united event:
1. Please wear black or dark shirts (as a sign of mourning)
2. Do not bring any candles (we will provide them)
3. Do not bring any flags
4. Be there on time (this is a short event)

For more info, visit www.SabzHouston.org

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Past Event: Protest Putin/Russia's Support of Ahmadinejad

Iranians in Houston Protesting Putin/Russia's Support of Ahmadinejad
 
Date:
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Time:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Location:
Russian Consulate in Houston
Street:
1333 West Loop S. #1300
City/Town:
Houston, TX

Ahmadinejad's first trip after the fraudulent election was to Russia. He was greeted there as the "newly re-elected president of Iran".

We are going to show our anger against the Russian government for supporting Ahmadinejad's coupe. Furthermore, we want Russia to stop providing anti-riot equipment and training to the Iranian government.

More information: info@SabzHouston.org

 

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Many in Houston Protest Iran Elections - Protestors Gather Outside Russian Consulate Office  MyFoxHouston.com

Past Event: Candlelight Vigil


Photo by: Farshad R.

More than 1000 Iranians in Houston gathered on Sunday, June 21, 2009, to honor and remember brave Iranians who sacrificed their lives for freedom and democracy in Iran.

Candlelight Vigil in Houston
to Remember Iranians Killed in Iran

 
Date:
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Time:
8:00pm - 8:50pm
Location:
Williams Waterwall (Galleria Area)
Street:
2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX

The organizers of "Where is my Vote?" rally on Tuesday June 16, 2009, will be hosting a candlelight vigil.

Iranian-Americans in the Greater Houston area will gather on Sunday June 16th at 8 PM for a candlelight vigil to remember Iranians killed in Iran since the election.

The organizers ask you to kindly respect a few requests in order to have a more organized and united event:

1. Please wear black or dark shirts (as a sign of mourning)
2. Do not bring any signs (this is a silent protest)
3. Do not bring any candles (we will provide them)
4. Do not bring any flags
5. Be there on time (this is a short event)

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Past Event: "Where is my Vote?" Rally


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Houstonians protest Iran election results - 6/16/09 - Houston News - abc13.com
Many Protest Iranian Election's Outcome |  MyFoxHouston.com
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