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Congressional Candidate Kia Hamadanchy Statement on the Protests in Iran
IRVINE, CA—Congressional Candidate Kia Hamadanchy, running in California’s 45th Congressional District, released a statement on the protests in Iran.
“The Iranian people deserve to have a future of their own making and should be free to determine the direction they want their country to go. These protests embody the legitimate economic and political grievances of the people of Iran. The ruling regime beset by corruption has badly mismanaged the country’s economy, continuing to line their own pockets at a time when inflation, unemployment, and economic inequality are at dangerously high levels. We don’t know what will come of these protests or where they will lead, but it is the Iranian people and no one else who deserve the right to decide their own future.
I condemn any and all acts of violence and violations of human rights in the strongest possible terms. According to reports, there have been at least 21 deaths and more than 3,700 arrests, and we should always recognize that this is a regime with an appalling human rights record.
Donald Trump and Mimi Walters have both said that they stand in solidarity with the Iranian people – nothing could be further from the truth. If they really did care about the Iranian people, they would not be actively trying to ban them from coming to the United States. I also do not believe that individuals who have spent decades advocating for a policy of regime change and for war with Iran truly care about the Iranian people.
As an Iranian-American whose family has been directly impacted by the Muslim ban, the solidarity of Donald Trump and Mimi Walters rings hollow. No one knows more about the repression of the Iranian government than Iranian Americans. Many have experienced it first hand and want genuine solidarity and support for human rights. What they do not want is a war and sanctions that punish ordinary everyday Iranians.
On January 12th, Donald Trump faces a critical decision as to whether to renew the waivers of the sanctions as agreed upon in the nuclear deal. Failing to renew these waivers would lead to the collapse of the nuclear deal and will put us back on the path to war. The last thing the United States needs is another trillion-dollar war that will serve only to exacerbate the instability in the region. That is why I urge Mimi Walters to stand for a sensible foreign policy and to use all of her efforts to make the case to Donald Trump for maintaining this deal. I know however that she will not.”
Kia Hamadanchy was born and raised in Irvine, California, the son of Iranian immigrants. A graduate of Northwood High, Hamadanchy received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan before serving as legal counsel to US Senators Tom Harkin (IA) and Sherrod Brown (OH).
On January 27, Kia Hamadanchy was commuting home after a brutal week on the hill when he heard the news: President Trump announced an executive order banning refugees and citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. One of the countries on the list was Iran. Read the HuffPost article here.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Congressman Mike Honda,” said Kia. “Congressman Honda spent his entire tenure in the House standing up for the progressive values that I stand for and am running on. His leadership while leading the push for justice for the horrors that occurred against Korean comfort women during WWII is personally inspiring, and I plan to continue his work when elected.”
Kia recently spoke with “The Iranian about why he’s running and why, now more than ever, we need the first Iranian American Member of Congress.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2017
Contact: Matthew Koos, (949) 445-3010
KIA HAMADANCHY CONDEMNS TRUMP’S DECISION ON
PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD
Trump and Mimi Walters continue attack on environment
Irvine, CA – Kia Hamadanchy, the Democratic candidate for California’s 45th Congressional District, condemned Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord today. This is the latest move from the Trump Administration to roll back important environmental protections.
“Withdrawing from the Paris climate accord is yet another attack on our environment from the party of Donald Trump and Mimi Walters,” said Kia. “We are destroying our planet in a way that our children may not be able to live here and Mimi Walters is enabling it.”
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Beach), who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has taken tens of thousands of dollars from Big Oil, including the Koch Brothers and Halliburton. Oil companies made more than $93 billion in profits in 2013 alone by polluting our environment and damaging our climate – but Walters puts their profits ahead of our families’ health. She is bought and paid for.
“Mimi Walters’ environmental record might play well if she was representing East Texas or Oklahoma, but not Orange County. Time and time again, she puts the interests of Big Oil ahead of the people of California’s 45th district,” said Kia. “Her support for Donald Trump and his attack on environmental protections makes this even clearer.”
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Kia Hamadanchy is an Orange County native and former Senate staffer for Tom Harkin and Sherrod Brown running in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo. The general election is November 6, 2018.
Irvine Native shows impressive fundraising capacity
Irvine, CA – Kia Hamadanchy’s campaign for California’s 45th Congressional District announced today it had raised $100,000. Kia announced his challenge of Representative Mimi Walters (R–Laguna Beach) just two weeks ago today.
“I am proud of the incredible support my campaign has received in these first two weeks. It is clear people are fired up and ready to defeat Mimi Walters next year,” said Kia. “I am out there everyday talking to residents all over the district who are ready for change and I am thrilled to show I am building the resources needed to win this race.”
Kia has spent the last two weeks growing his support throughout the 45th. He is building a grassroots campaign and is traveling the district to meet with different communities and organizations almost every day.
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IMAN SADRI : What prompted you to run for Congress ?
Kia Hamadanchy : I decided to run for Congress the night that President Trump announced his Muslim travel ban. This was personal to me. If that ban had been in place when my parents sought refuge from extremism in Iran, the door to the Land of the Free would have been slammed in their faces. When the travel ban was announced, my mother asked me whether she should sell her house and move to Canada “because this is the not the first time she has had to leave a country because of the government changing.” I found her question heartbreaking. And my response was immediate: No, you will not have to leave America. We will join with others to win back the America that we know and love.
America was built by immigrants, for immigrants. We are a diverse nation where no one should feel like a second-class citizen, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other distinguishing factor. Regrettably, Trump rejects this vision of America. His governing strategy is a classic case of “divide and conquer.”
President Lincoln called America the “last best hope of Earth.” This does not mean that we are perfect. We all know that there are dark chapters in our history. But it was Tocqueville who said “the greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” Our nation made a tragic mistake by electing Donald Trump to the presidency. Our challenge now is to repair this fault. We have a civic responsibility – as individuals and working together – to fight back against Trump’s efforts to divide our people and degrade our democracy.
I am running to fight to make sure that each and every American – no matter where they are from, who they love, or what religion they practice – is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.