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For Change from Below and Within Iran

Statement in Support of the Charter of Iran’s Independent Labor and Civic Organizations

We welcome the charter issued by 20 independent labor and other civil society organizations that have been at the forefront of progressive campaigns and struggles in Iran. Emanating from the Women, Life, Freedom protests in the streets, workplaces, schools and universities, this charter proposes a set of minimum demands around which a widespread and ongoing struggle for a shared, democratic and just future for all Iranians can be organized. The main demands of this charter include the release of all political prisoners, the abolition of the death penalty, the separation of religion from the state, gender equality, abolishing discrimination and oppression based on nationality and religion, radical democracy, the normalization of relations with the world, and social and environmental justice. We welcome this charter, because we strongly believe that fundamental change can only come from grassroots organizations, campaigns and struggles from within Iran. 




  1. Kaveh Abbasian – Lecturer in Film and Media Practice, University of Kent
  2. Ervand Abrahamian – Professor Emeritus of History, City University of New York
  3. Janet Afary – Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  4. Frieda Afary – Author, librarian and translator
  5. Daniel Ahadi – Senior Lecturer in Communication, Simon Fraser University
  6. Azadeh Akbari, Assistant Professor in Public Administration & Digital Transformation, University of Twente
  7. Sharareh Akhavan – Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, Gavle University
  8. Nida Alahmad – Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, University of Edinburgh
  9. Kazem Alamdari – Professor of Sociology, State University of California
  10. Camron Michael Amin – Professor and Coordinator of Middle East Studies Certificate Program, University of Michigan-Dearborn 
  11. Tara Asgarilaleh – PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Cambridge
  12. Mohammad Ataie – Junior Research Fellow in Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
  13. Farshid Baghai – Associate Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University
  14. Narges Bajoghli – Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University 
  15. Ali Banuazizi – Research Professor of Political Science, Boston College
  16. Asef Bayat – Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  17. Sohrab Behdad – Professor of Economics, Denison University
  18. Sam Behseta – Fellow of the American Statistical Association and Director of the Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM), California State University
  19. Alireza Behtoui – Professor of Sociology, Södertörn University, Sweden
  20. Houri Berberian – Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
  21. Amin Bozorgiyan – Phd Candidate in Anthropology, University of Côté d’azur
  22. Hamid Dabashi – Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
  23. Aghil Daghagheleh – PhD candidate in Sociology, Rutgers University
  24. Arash Davari – Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Minnesota
  25. Alireza Doostdar – Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion, Divinity School and the College, The University of Chicago
  26. Kaveh Ehsani – Associate Professor of International Studies, DePaul University
  27. Simin Fadaee – Senior Lecturer in Sociology, the University of Manchester 
  28. Fataneh Farahani – Professor in Ethnology, Stockholm University
  29. Iman Ganji – Independent Researcher, Performance and Theatre Studies, FU Berlin
  30. Halleh Ghorashi – Professor of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  31. Manu Goswami – Department of History, New York University
  32. James Gustafson – Associate Professor in History, Indiana State University
  33. Rooh Haghshenas – PhD Candidate in Philosophy, University of Tennessee
  34. Nader Hashemi – Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver
  35. Shabnam Holliday – Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Plymouth
  36. Reza Hadisi – Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
  37. Taraneh Hemami – Assistant Professor of Critical Ethnic Studies, California College of the Arts
  38. Homa Hoodfar – Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Concordia University
  39. Elham Hoominfar, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University
  40. Najib Hourani – Associate Professor of Anthropology, Global Urban Studies Program, Michigan State University
  41. Peyman Jafari – Assistant Professor of  History, The College of William and Mary
  42. Bita Jamalpour – Independent Researcher of Urban and Regional Planning, Vancouver
  43. Dorna Javan – Adjunct Professor and PhD Candidate in Political Science, Science Po Lyon
  44. Rebecca Jordan-Young – Ann Whitney Olin Professor Chair, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
  45. Hadi Kahalzadeh – Ph.D. Candidate in Social Policy, Brandeis University
  46. Persis Karim – professor of English & Comparative Literature and Chair of Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University
  47. Professor Laleh Khalili – Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London
  48. Hamid Amouzad Khalili, Lecturer in Architectural Design, University of Edinburgh
  49. Sara Kermanian – PhD Candidate in International Relations, University of Sussex
  50. Gholam Khiabany – Reader in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
  51. Azadeh Kian, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Université Paris Cité
  52. Ali Kadivar – Assistant Professor of Sociology, Boston College
  53. Rebecca E Karl – Professor of History, New York University
  54. Ali Reza Kazemi – Managing Director of Institute for Social Sciences & Humanities (Iran Academia)
  55. Fatemeh Keshavarz – Professor and Chair, University of Maryland, College Park
  56. Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University
  57. Bijan Khajehpour – Managing Partner, Eurasian Nexus Partners, Vienna
  58. Azam Khatam – Research Affiliate, York University
  59. Shahram Khosravi – Professor of Anthropology, Stockholm University
  60. Zachary Lockman – Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and of History, New York University
  61. Miriam R. Lowi – Professor of Political Science, The College of New Jersey
  62. Amir Mahdavi – Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, University of Connecticut
  63. Mojtaba Mahdavi – Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta
  64. Tokameh Mahmoudi, Professor of Pathology, Urology and Biochemistry, Erasmus University Medical Centre
  65. Mahtab Mahmoudi – MA student, University of Chicago
  66. Sahar Maranlou – Lecturer in Law and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Essex 
  67. Kamran Matin, Senior Lecturer, Sussex University
  68. Afshin Matin-Asgari – Professor of History, California State University Los Angeles
  69. Ali Mirsepassi – Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
  70. Valentine Moghaddam – Professor of Sociology & International Affairs, Northeastern University
  71. Haideh Moghissi – Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, York University
  72. Alireza Momeni – Visiting researcher in Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland
  73. Pete W. Moore – Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University
  74. Amir Moosavi – Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, Newark
  75. Parisa Moosavi – Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, York University 
  76. Manijeh Moradian – Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
  77. Helena Moradi – Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Law
  78. Norma Claire Moruzzi, Associate Professor of Political Science, Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  79. Nima Naghibi – Professor of English, Toronto Metropolitan University
  80. Adel Nikjoo – Doctoral Researcher in Human Geography, University of Oulu
  81. Golnar Nikpour – Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College
  82. Mary Nolan – Professor Emerita of History, New York University
  83. Farhad Nomani – Professor Emeritus of Economics, American University of Paris
  84. Arzoo Osanloo – Professor of Law, Societies, and Justice, University of Washington
  85. Saeed Paivandi – Professor of Sociology and Methodology, University of Lorraine
  86. Amin Parsa – Assistant Professor of Sociology of Law, Halmstad University
  87. Akram Pedramnia – Women’s Rights Activist, Author and Translator
  88. Mezna Qato, Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
  89. Ladan Rahbari – Assistant Professor of Political Sociology, University of Amsterdam
  90. Nasrin Rahimieh – Professor of Humanities, University of California Irvine
  91. Saeed Rahnema – Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, York University
  92. Sanaz Raji – ISRF Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University
  93. Aziz Rana – Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
  94. Sahar Razavi – Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies Center, California S​tate University, Sacramento
  95. Paola Rivetti – Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Dublin City University
  96. Rahil Roodsaz – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
  97. Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, Professor of History, California State University, Fullerton
  98. Andrew Ross – Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
  99. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Politics and Modern History of Middle East, Goldsmiths, University of London
  100. Shirin Saeidi, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Studies, University of Arkansas
  101. Soha Saghazadeh – PhD Candidate in Film and Media Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara
  102. Siavash Saffari, Associate Professor of West Asian Studies, Seoul National University 
  103. Atef Said – Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  104. Catherine Sameh – Associate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California
  105. Nastaran Saremy – PhD candidate, Simon Fraser University
  106. Khanum Shaikh – Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, California State University, Northridge
  107. Seth Schindler – Senior Lecturer of Urban Development and Transformation, University of Manchester 
  108. Roozbeh Shirazi – Associate Professor of Comparative and International Development Education, University Of Minnesota
  109. Mansoureh Shojaee – Women’s Rights Activist and Author, Vrije Universiteit
  110. Jillian Schwedler – Professor of Political Science, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York
  111. Nahid Siamdoust – Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin 
  112. Sussan Siavoshi – Professor of Political Science, Trinity University
  113. Mona Tajali – Associate Professor of International Relations and Women’s Studies, Agnes Scott College
  114. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi – Professor and Director of the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies, University of Toronto
  115. Nayereh Tohidi, Professor Emerita of Gender & Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern and 

Islamic Studies, California State University, Northridge

  1. Aidin Torkameh – Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Studies, York University
  2. Eve M. Troutt Powell – Professor of History and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  3. Judith E. Tucker – Professor of History Emerita, Georgetown University
  4. Mehrdad Vahabi, Professor in Economics, University of Sorbonne Paris Nord
  5. Peyman Vahabzadeh, Professor in Sociology, University of Victoria
  6. Kayhan Valadbaygi – Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East, Leiden University
  7. Shirin Vossoughi – Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University
  8. Jessica Winegar – Professor of Anthropology, Hamid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair in Middle East Studies, Northwestern University