Take Action

ONE HAND CLAPPING MAKES NO SOUND:
Take Action for the Children of Iran

The weak and isolated voice of a single child has always been neglected, unheard, unnoticed. The cries of abused, starved, diseased, and socially alienated children are sorry evidence of the unfortunate legitimacy of our Farsi proverb.

Recent events have provided an opportunity for the voices of children in Iran to be echoed much louder and heard by people around the world. This is an opportunity that should not be wasted. Let us join forces, let us join hands, and make the voices of the children heard. Let us make it impossible for the world to say “we didn’t know.”

We encourage you to write letters of protest and gather signatures for petitions on behalf of these children. Send them to those who can make decisions, and demand a response. Below, you will find examples of letters, petitions, and other methods of taking action on behalf of our little ones.

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Voices of Children in Iran coordinates “A Child’s Garden”
for Arts United for Iran

flowers 4 iran


activists of the world unite
gather decent people’s might
send flowers to the children’s site
by burning oil even at midnight.
and putting up a worthy fight
take the attraction to a new height
for everyone to see like a kite
for what seems to be very right
to be shown under lot of light

On December 12, united4iran is holding a global arts festival in recognition of the movement for freedom and democracy in Iran.

We believe that a vibrant grassroots, democratic, civically-engaged community provides the best conditions for growth for the most beautiful flowers, our children. Voices of Children in Iran will visually represent this idea as a contribution to the the Arts United for Iran event. It will serve as a message of worldwide solidarity with the children of Iran.

Vision: to create a field of grass of all different shades of green (representing vibrant grassroots activism), with flowers of every color growing up from the grass. Each flower represents a child.

What you can do: The flowers in this garden will be crafted by each participant in the effort, and people should use whatever methods and materials they like to make their flower. Suggestions are given below.

How you can participate:

1) Make your flower. You could…

Draw your flower: Use markers, crayons, rubber stamps, glitter, etc.

Collage: Get some materials together – paper of different colors, fabrics, ribbon, materials from nature (berries, acorns, leaves), etc. Then glue the colored paper or fabrics onto a sheet of paper in the shape of a flower.

3-D objects: Sculpt with clay, or make something with papier-mache, then take a photo of it and send!

Computer graphics: Of course people who are skilled with digital art can work their magic in the shape of a flower as well.

Message: Feel free to write a message to the children in Iran on your flower, or sign your name/your child’s name on the flower.

Grass: If you have a great idea for a graphic representation of grass, please feel free to contribute that as well!

2) Scan or photograph your flower.
Technical: Whether you scan your image or use a digital camera to capture your flower, try to get the image in the highest resolution possible. When you save the image, if you are prompted to save it as a high-quality image (with largest file size) or a lower-quality image (with smaller file size), always choose the largest file size/highest quality image.

Things to keep in mind: if you plan to scan your flower, make sure that the flower you construct is not larger than the bed of your scanner. Alternatively, you could scan your flower in two parts and send it that way, and we will “stitch” it back together with graphics software

3) Send your flower to flowers4iran@gmail.com

PLEASE submit no later than December 9 so that we can put all the contributed flowers together into a single image. THANK YOU! :)

This is a great project for anyone – from teachers who want to teach their students about current events and civic engagement, to scrapbookers, to artists of every skill level.

Contribute to the message that grassroots efforts to achieve a free and democratic Iran can bring up a global generation of most beautiful flowers of every color and persuasion.

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flowers 4 iran

Example Letter to the UN regarding Safar Angoti
This letter is an example of what can be written to decisionmakers on behalf of people who are soon to be executed based on crimes committed as a child (defined as less than 18 years of age). A list of addresses to which you can send your letter can be found here.

Safar Angoti, who committed a crime when he was 17 years old, will be executed in public tomorrow by Islamic Republic of Iran.

Safar is the fourth juvenile offender who will be executed this year despite the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which stipulates that members cannot execute convicts found guilty of committing crimes as minors. The imposition of the death penalty for juvenile offenders represents the ultimate rejection of the International law.

We urgently request the international community to swiftly act and pressure the Islamic Republic of Iran Supreme Court to abolish the practice of executing juvenile offenders.

International Campaign for Children’s Rights “Children First Now”
International Committee Against Execution
Kontaktperson: Marjan Vaez 070- 4433678

Responses

  1. This is a just cause. It’s great to have these pre-fabricated letters, but please make it easier to take action by providing a template that people can just sign, and/or provide a comment like so many other sites do. People don’t take the time to make flowers, or send letters. Thank you!

    • Dearest Birgitta!

      Thank you for your comment. We really appreciate the thought. Believe us there is no limit to what we want to do to put our children’s cause on agenda. And by “our children” we do not mean only children of Iran but children everywhere.

      This is one little step by us to participate in an action which someone else has initiated (Arts United for Iran). One of our objectives is to promote every action by anyone which can lead to a positive change no matter how little.

      If we haven’t done what you have mentioned in your comment, it is due to the fact that we are still learning. We sincerely hope that you feel yourself so much at home in this site to participate in enriching its content any way you find suitable.

      We urge you to help us by initiating any of those actions which you have mentioned in your comment. We promise you one of two things:

      1- We will go behind your initiative,which will be posted under your name. We will support your initiative with all our strength.

      2- If we do not agree with you, we would still be honoured to publish it in “Take action” page in your name.

      What do you say Birgitta? Join hands?

      Best wishes, and thank you again,
      VOCI

  2. Hello,
    Is this organization still active? all the comments are really old. Please advise. Thanks!

    • Hi Sara – we have reorganized our work under a different name – Mission Free Iran (http://missionfreeiran.org). Apologies for the delayed response. :)
      Best,
      Maria


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