In the aftermath of the fraudulent Presidential election in Iran and the abhorrent treatment of protesters on the streets on June 12th, 2009, a group of mostly university students and graduates gathered solely with the intention of being the voice of the voiceless in Iran.
The group was named “Silent Scream for Iran”. The idea was to “scream silently” so that the cries and protestations of the Iranians inside Iran could be heard throughout the world. “Silent Scream for Iran” successfully organized 10 consecutive candle-light vigils in front of the Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver from June 16th to 26th. Thereafter, the campaign continued on a weekly basis during the month of July. On June 27th and July 25th, the “Silent Scream for Iran campaign organized two Human Chain events in support of the Green Movement of Iran in which over 2,500 participants formed the longest Human Chains in the history of British Columbia.
In addition to more than 30,000 concerned Iranian-Canadians, high profile provincial and federal politicians including 14 Members of Parliament, a Cabinet Minister, a Member of the Senate, several mayors, the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and supportive non-Iranian citizens attended these events.
On July 26, the organizers of the “Silent Scream for Iran” collectively decided to suspend the campaign. Thereafter, a number of Silent Scream for Iran’s organizers formed the Green Student Movement of Vancouver.
The Green Student Movement of Vancouver is not affiliated with any political party or faction and is only committed to supporting the ever growing Green Movement of the people of Iran. We believe in a gradual home-grown reform process which would result in a polity that not only adheres to the principles of Human Rights, tolerance, and inclusiveness, but also firmly opposes sexist, racist and ethnic discriminations.
The aforementioned principles guide our activism. Our goal is institutionalization of such principles in Iran’s contemporary political culture. We welcome the productive contribution and constructive criticism of people from all walks of life with diverse social, political and cultural values since the realization of the above principles are not possible but through a democratic process.