–9-23 Press Release



Contact: Women United (212) 726-1124

40 organizations to protest September 25 Ahmadinejad dinner-dialogue
with U.S. “religious leaders”

New York City, September 23: Over 40 national organizations – including prominent Jewish and Christian leaders and public policy groups- will mount a major protest across the street from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, September 25 at 6 p.m., to oppose the dinner meeting with Iranian president Ahmadinejad, anti-American U.N. officials and American “religious” leaders.

Over the weekend, national religious, human rights and public interest groups, opposed to Iran’s stated plans for the destruction of Israel and America, proliferating nuclear weapons program, and brutal human rights violations, stepped up their efforts and began a 72 hour marathon of emails and phone calls to urge members to attend the rally.

“We call upon all human rights activists and religious organizations and leaders of all backgrounds, faiths, and political affiliation who find the threats to innocent peoples an affront to morality and western civilization to join us,” said rally organizer Beth Gilinsky of Women United, an new human rights organization. Women United’s mission is to speak up and challenge the oppression of women in countries such as Iran.

Many of the organizations are participating in the Thursday 925 Rally to oppose the collaboration of American religious leaders with Ahmadinejad. A wide spectrum of religious and elected leaders of both parties have been invited to speak out against the Iran regime’s threats, nuclear ambitions and oppression.

WHEN: Thursday September 25, 6:00 p.m. start time for press conference (rally attendees to gather at 5:30)
RAIN OR SHINE: The Rally will go on under any and all weather conditions.
WHERE: Across the street from the Grand Hyatt Hotel East 42nd St, near Lexington Ave and Grand Central Station, New York City, NY.
WHO: Over 40 organizations participating — see www.925rally.org for updated list.
BACKGROUND: Several Western religious leaders are about to betray their brethren across all religions, parties, and countries by “honoring” the tyrannical regime of Ahmadinejad and the Iranian mullahs with dinner and “dialogue.” They are The American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker UN Office, Religions for Peace, and the World Council of Churches-UN Liaison Office. Other organizations, political leaders and media have also been invited to appease the Islamic leaders who have turned Iran into a terrorist state.

For background, see this September 22 article on the Grand Hyatt Hotel meeting with Ahmadinejad from the New York Sun Newspaper: http://www.nysun.com/foreign/ahmadinejad-prepares-to-steal-the-scene/86300/

For more information on the rally, go to www.925rally.org