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Local Community Organizations

Persian Cultural Center

The Persian Cultural Center works to provide an enriching and welcoming environment for all who seek to strengthen the bonds of community, culture and cross-cultural understanding. As a means of facilitating its mission PCC has formed the following affiliated entities: the Iranian School of San Diego (ISSD) (now in its 22nd year offering language classes to both children and adults), the Persian Dance Academy (teaching a variety of folkloric dances to children and adults), the PCC Foundation (raising funds for humanitarian causes such as families and individuals in financial crisis in our community), and Peyk (a bilingual, bimonthly magazine, professionally published, and with an approximate circulation of 6000).

Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public. The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. They work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, they investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. They received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans

The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, PAAIA, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonreligious membership organization that serves the domestic interests of Iranian Americans and represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large. PAAIA works to foster greater understanding of our community and its cultural heritage and to expand opportunities for the active participation of Iranian Americans in the democratic process at all levels of government.

San Diego Public Library

The San Diego Public Library System serves the residents of the City of San Diego, which encompasses an area of 342 square miles. The Library System consists of the Central Library, 35 branch libraries, and the adult literacy program office (READ/San Diego). The Department serves the educational, cultural, business, and recreational needs of San Diego's diverse communities through its collection of more than 3.4 million books and audio-visual materials, 4,012 periodical subscriptions, 1.6 million government documents, and over 265,000 books in 25 languages other than English. Electronic access is provided to the library catalog and many index and full-text databases in all library facilities and via the Internet.

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