August 19, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hundreds of Iranian Americans in
attended a convention at the
Convention Center sponsored by California Society for Democracy in
, where several former senior US Government officials and sitting members of congress spoke.
, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee; and
(D-CA),House Judiciary Committee member;
U.S. Attorney General;
, former Undersecretary of State for Public Policy and Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Rep.
(1995 – 2011); and Col.
, Chief Protection, Anti-terrorism Officer, Coalition Forces,
, addressed the Convention.
In a Congressional Certificate to the Convention's President, Rep.
(R-CA), U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, voiced support for a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic in
The participants underlined that the Iranian regime's new President
has been a senior military and security official in the past 34 years and rejected international calls to halt uranium enrichment.
The participants called for tougher sanctions on
, underscoring that the only solution for the
crisis is a regime change by Iranian people and the organized resistance. They expressed support for the 10-point plan articulated by Mrs.
, the Iranian resistance's President-elect.
The event coincided with the 25
anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 prisoners of conscience in
in 1988. Rouhani's
was a member of the "death commission," which sent 30,000 victims to the gallows.
The convention urged the Obama administration to uphold the US commitment to safety and security of thousands of Iranian dissidents at Liberty, members of the principal Iranian opposition movement the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), through returning them to Ashraf, their home of 26 years.