Pictures from the Rally (9/25/2008)

WEATHER FORECAST GOOD! JOIN US AT 5:30 p.m. sharp!

Just look for the stage…the weather forecast is good – cloudy, breezy but no rain till late at night.

We have a wonderful group of over 30 speakers from over 60 organizations and this will be a gathering where you and your friends and colleagues can make an important statement to Ahmadinejad, the Mullahs back home in Iran, to our ally Israel and to the American media and public – that we protest anyone meeting with him – much less defacto honoring him – and giving legitimacy to his nuclear ambitions and his dire threats against the U.S., Israel and the rest of the world. Join in with us from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. for a rally that brings together groups not just for tonight – but for work together, interfaith and across all political affiliations, against radical Islam, the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad in the hard months ahead.

UPDATE – Over 60 Coalition members, Weather forecast good, Rally Starts 5:30 sharp

Rally Update: Weather info, latest Participant list

Good news on all fronts – there is a 50% probability of rain but it is due to wait until 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (just after the rally) and the participants list is now greater than 60 organizations!

So join us, RAIN OR SHINE!

Women United/Code Red

911 Families
ACT for America
Alliance of Iranian Women
AMCHA
American Center for Law and Justice
American Coptic Union
American Islamic Forum for Democracy
American Maronite Union
Americans for a Safe Israel
American Values
Arabs for Israel
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Center for Security Policy
Christian Solidarity International
Christians United For Israel
Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights
Committee on the Present Danger
Concerned Women for America
Jeffrey Ballabon, Coordinating Council on Jerusalem
Council for a Democratic Iran
Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations
Endowment for Middle East Truth
Eye on the U.N.
Family Security Matters
Foundation for Defense of Democracy
Fuel for Truth

Glenn Richter, Founder Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry
Guardian Angels
Dov Hikind, New York Assembly
Institute for Religion and Democracy
International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem

International Christian Union
Aryeh Eldad, Israeli Knesset
Jerusalem Reclamation Project
Jewish Action Alliance
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Jewish Political Education Foundation

Jihadwatch
Rory Lancman, New York State Assembly
Log Cabin Republicans of New York City
New York Chapter, Gathering of Eagles
Open Doors USA

Phyllis Chesler, author
Rabbi Zev Friedman, Rambam Mesivta high school
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
StandWithUs
Stop Shariah Now
Sudan Freedom Walk
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Traditional Values Coalition
United American Committee
David Weprin, New York City Council
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Trustee CUNY
Women’s Freedom Movement of Pakistan
World Committee for the Land of Israel
Zionist Organization of America

RAIN OR SHINE – WEATHER REPORT

The Rally will go on RAIN OR SHINE.  The weather report is for a chance of rain in the evening – we’ll hope it holds off!

Lots of great restaurants in the area – the Rally is right next to Grand Central Station:

Upscale restaurants at Grand Central Station

Casual dining at Grand Central Station

RAIN OR SHINE – JOIN US AS THE RALLY REACHES OVER 50 ORGANIZATIONS!

Thanks to the many organizations joining this effort to protest the dinner meeting between American religious and political leaders and Iranian president Ahmadinejad – now over 50 groups and still growing in numbers all through today.  So many organizations are working to educate the public and policymakers on the dire threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions, vows of destruction for Israel and the United States, and barbaric treatment of their own citizens.  This is a historic coalition in its breadth and our common sense of a clear and present danger to the world from the current Iranian regime.

Current participants page is here – and listed here also…

Women United/Code Red

911 Families
ACT for America
Alliance of Iranian Women
AMCHA
American Center for Law and Justice
American Coptic Union
American Maronite Union
Americans for a Safe Israel
American Values
Arabs for Israel
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Center for Security Policy
Christian Solidarity International
Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights
Committee on the Present Danger
Concerned Women for America
Council for a Democratic Iran
Endowment for Middle East Truth
Eye on the U.N.
Family Security Matters
Foundation for Defense of Democracy
Fuel for Truth

Glenn Richter, Founder Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry
Guardian Angels
Dov Hikind, New York Assembly
Institute for Freedom and Democracy
International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem

International Christian Union
Aryeh Eldad, Israeli Knesset
Jerusalem Reclamation Project
Jewish Action Alliance
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
Jihadwatch
Rory Lancman, New York State Assembly
Log Cabin Republicans of New York City
Open Doors USA

Phyllis Chesler, author
Rabbi Zev Friedman, Rambam Mesivta high school
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
StandWithUs
Stop Shariah Now
Sudan Freedom Walk
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Traditional Values Coalition
United American Committee
David Weprin, New York City Council
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Trustee CUNY
Women’s Freedom Movement of Pakistan
World Committee for the Land of Israel
Zionist Organization of America

Arabs for Israel Joins the Coalition!

Welcome to Arabs for Israel, and read their terrific statement of principles here.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: Cancel The Meeting with Ahmadinejad!

From the Baptist Press, 9-22:

WASHINGTON (BP)–The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is urging five religious organizations to cancel a Sept. 25 dinner with Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in conjunction with his visit to the United Nations….

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a USCIRF commissioner, is among those scheduled to speak at a rally against the dinner Sept. 25 outside the Grand Hyatt on East 42nd Street starting at 5:30 p.m. The rally, which is to include a number of organizations such as the Jewish Action Alliance and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, also is meant to protest Ahmadinejad’s presence at the United Nations and to oppose Iran’s nuclear weapons program and threats against Israel.

USCIRF, which recently warned of Iran’s plans to impose the death penalty for people convicted of so-called apostasy, wrote a letter to each of the organizations, stating that the invitation and the platform for Ahmadinejad would be counterproductive to the groups’ peace goals.

“President Ahmadinejad has manipulated such dialogues repeatedly into a platform for spreading hatred,” Felice D. Gaer, USCIRF’s chair, wrote. “He hosted some of the world’s most notorious deniers of the Holocaust, racists and anti-Semites at a 2006 conference questioning the well-established facts of the Holocaust and calling for the destruction of a member-state of the United Nations.

“The only accomplishment of such an invitation would be to burnish the Iranian leader’s legitimacy and cleanse his reputation as a purveyor of hate,” she added in the letters dated Sept. 19…. more

9-22: 37 Groups Join in Coalition for 9-25 Rally

Update as of 9-22, 37 Groups are now working together and contacting their members for the 9-25 Rally, a coalition built literally in the last week in response to public outrage over the invitation sent to Ahmadinejad to meet with religious and political leaders at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on September 25. See the current Participants list here...

Open Doors USA joins the Coalition!

Welcome to Open Doors USA, just now joining the Coalition. Open Doors works worldwide to assist persecuted Christians – visit their website here for many case studies of their good work:

Millions of Christians around the world face daily the possible destruction of their property, their families and their very lives. For over fifty years, Open Doors has pursued a singular purpose: to stand with the persecuted church… building their courage, meeting their needs, sharing their stories and championing their faith….