Action Alert:


Diplomacy Not War with IranIran has committed itself to use nuclear energy solely for peaceful purposes. Many in the U.S. still suspect Iran of having covert plans to build a nuclear weapon despite intelligence reports to the contrary. In the past, the U.S. has imposed heavy economic sanctions on Iran.

The Iran Nuclear Deal, according to the BBC, will reduce Iran’s uranium stockpile by 98% over the next fifteen years. Iran must also keep the level of enrichment at its nuclear facilities below 3.67%.

Massachusetts Peace Action contends that:

  • Iran’s nuclear program will now be more transparent, thus reducing the risk of future weapons proliferation. Iran has consented to “extraordinary and robust monitoring, verification, and inspection” according to The White House.
  • Prior to the Iran Nuclear Deal, it would have taken Iran only two to three months to make a bomb with its centrifuges and enriched uranium. Now, it would take Iran over a year to develop such a bomb, thus reducing the chances of a nuclear weapons armed Iran.
  • Since at least 2009, there are no indications that Iran has been pursuing the making of a nuclear bomb. Still, if Iran does breach the nuclear agreement, the U.S. will immediately reinstate sanctions.

We applaud the efforts of President Obama to normalize relations with Iran while also working to discourage further proliferation of nuclear weapons. Importantly, by agreeing to the JCPOA/Iran Deal, the Islamic Republic of Iran has confirmed that it is one of the countries working to abolish nuclear weapons on our only planet.

The current Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif argued in a Guardian op-ed last summer that with the signing of the Iran deal, it is now time to make the Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

We call on our federal government and individual state governments to lift all remaining sanctions on Iran, so that American companies can invest in and form business deals with Iranian companies, just as the companies of many other countries are doing now following the signing of the JCPOA/Irandeal on July 14, 2015. Prosperous economic cooperation between countries is the catalyst for peaceful coexistence.

Massachusetts Peace Action is committed to a peaceful co-existence of the Iranian and American people. Thus, we are conducting regular events to educate our fellow citizens, such as the American and Iranian Friendship Picnic on June 14, 2015 and the Iran Deal Grasstop Letter sent on August 21, 2015.

We organized Iran lobby days June 23-24, 2014 to prepare Congress to support the negotiations.

We hosted author Gareth Porter in five talks across Massachusetts in March 2014.  Porter's new book, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, exposes that US, Western and Israeli hostility to Iran are the real reason behind their campaign against Iran's so-called nuclear program.

Iran Ad on MBTA, April 2012

Iran Ad on MBTA, April 2012

MAPA and four other peace groups placed ads in the MBTA subways and buses in March and April 2012. In addition, Massachusetts Peace Action has collecting signatures for a petition to President Obama to Prevent War with Iran in 2012-13 as well as for the Iran Pledge of Resistance launched March 20, 2012. 

Read the 2015 Work Plan of our Middle East Working Group.

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Tell Congress to Seal the Deal: Congressional Scorecard and Petition from National Iranian American Council (NIAC), June 2, 2014

ReThink-NSN: Iran Messages and Themes for Letters to the Editor, Op-Eds, and Advocacy: A collaboration of ReThinkMedia and the National Security Network, this guide of recommended messages for LTEs, op-eds, and advocacy is informed by NSN's recent discussions of the strategic state of play and by a ReThink analysis of 13 national opinion polls that examine public perceptions of the Iran nuclear negotiations.  (Requires Login - Contact MAPA office if problem accessing)

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