ABOUT (Mission Statement)

Circles of Nonviolence / Community Collaboratives Initiative *** The Circles Movement

From: Noam Chomsky <...>
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:17 PM
Prof. Noam Chomsky's Statement of Endorsement for the Circles Movement, a.k.a. Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives initiative 
To: Moji Agha <moji.agha@gmail.com>
Statement of Endorsement for the Circles Movement
August 3, 2016
By: Noam Chomsky
I have been most impressed with the initiatives of Moji Agha [a.k.a. Mojtaba Aghamohammadi], especially as he has been developing the comprehensive "Circles Movement" project (a.k.a. Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives Initiative) and with their efforts to engage people to undertake the tasks that must be addressed with dedication and commitment if there are to be hopes of decent survival. And I am pleased to endorse these very valuable policies and actions. 
FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION: America for Nonviolence page of this website: 
Please see in the "America for Nonviolence" page of this website: 

Section Two, especially sub-section E

Also See: 
Section Three: Abrahamic Peace Tent: Interfaith Exchange of Oneness, and 
Section Four: Free of charge Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Consensus-Building for the Civil Society, as two Circle-suggested example projects.

Our 2-page brochure (Overall Summary)

NOTE: The "two page" brochure you find immediately below (The MLI's Mission Statement follows the brochure) is the summary pamphlet for this initiative, and may be printed (and should be made to fit) onto 2 pages, i. e., on 2 sides of the same sheet, so as to save paper:   

Page 1


Highlights of What "Circles of Nonviolence / Community Collaboratives" DO?

1) Our NON-PARTISAN project is NOT yet another initiative to add to (and unintentionally compete with) the already existing peace, justice, interfaith, and environmental efforts and groups within the American civil society. Hence, whereas our Circles of Nonviolence have no ideology, agenda, or action of their own, their "action-capable" twins (i.e., Community Collaboratives) can undertake projects or activities.

2) OUR CORE AND ONLY MISSION: Facilitating the locally appropriate co-creation of a comprehensive grid of "Circles of American Nonviolence and Community Collaboratives" (causing synergistic effectiveness through "Socratic integration") eventually linked across the U.S.

3) WHAT IS "SOCRATIC" INTEGRATION? A method of creating (or enhancing) synergistic collaboration, hence impact, based on finding the answer to this simple (yet difficult) "Socratic" question: HOW CAN I, OR MY GROUP, CONTINUE TO PURSUE MY/OUR GOALS WHILE ALSO HELPING FELLOW “CIVIL SOCIETY” PERSONS OR GROUPS (peace, justice, environment, interfaith dialogue, etc.) ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, RESULTING IN AN INTEGRATED MOVEMENT ACROSS VARIOUS NONVIOLENT CAUSES?

4) In other words, THE HEART of this "Socratic" integration process is retaining (and indeed cherishing) the valuable work of all civil society actors (persons or organizations), enhancing their work mutually, in order to hopefully foster synergistic effectiveness--i.e., integra-cumulative impact.
1) Holding many orientation/introduction "Circle/Collaborative" meetings--as many as the local "area of integration focus" needs, in order to find its initial core participants; 
2) Identifying pertinent issues in the community and starting to bring "civility actors" of the area together, in or outside the "formal" meetings of the Circle/Collaborative; 
C) Nurturing genuine relationships and initial collaborations within and between the local persons, groups, and organizations already engaged nonviolently in the area's peace, justice, interfaith dialogue/cooperation, and safeguarding Mother Earth.
NOTE:  So far (July 4, 2013 to December 5, 2015) this on-going “driven peace journey” has initiated 64 "Circles of Nonviolence / Community Collaboratives" (currently in their very early infancy), with the goal of starting 1,000 such Circles/Collaboratives across the U.S.  

OUR MOVEMENT-BUILDING AIM is to nonviolently empower (initially) the American civil society, toward being able to create “integra-cumulative” (synergistic) impact, through effective mutually beneficial community collaboration in all nonviolent spears, so that human civilization (and life itself) may have a chance on our deeply wounded Mother Earth. 
SUMMARY PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Google search the phrase “Circles of Nonviolence and Collaboration" and from the menu on top of the MLI's website, click on the "America for Nonviolence" page: 
AT-LARGE CONTACT: Moji Agha: moji.agha@gmail.com / (520) 325-3545

Page 2 (back side of Page 1)

SPECIAL NOTE: We are extremely proud (and humbled) that Prof. Noam Chomsky ("the world's top public intellectual") has given us the profound honor of acting as the “Honorary Chair” of this initiative's Board of Endorsers--please see our website's HOME, ABOUT, and WHO WE ARE pages. And he has also kindly signed our "historic" petition (at signature number 19) calling for a Special Nobel Peace Prize for Gandhi and Mossadegh: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/posthumous-nobel-peace-prize-for-mossadegh-petition-to.html

This on-going speaking tour of the U.S. was originally initiated (IN PART) to celebrate the nonviolence legacy of the beloved democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh--the "Gandhi of Iran." Since May of 2013, Moji Agha, an Iranian-American Sufi monk, has been conducting the tour, as he drives around the country in his “still running” 1997 car. He provides his American “brothers and sisters” with fresh insights about the need for Circles of Nonviolence/Community Collaboratives. Being a Muslim man (originally from Iran) who is advocating for nonviolence as a foundational value and everyday practice, he also talks about the still unfolding consequences of the CIA's “successful” 1953 secret coup that threw Iran (and the Middle East) off the indigenous path to nonviolent democracy, and profoundly destabilized the region to this day--NOW RESULTING (in part) IN “ISIL/ISIS.” As possible, in the gatherings of this lecture/discussion tour, Moji and (the occasional) other speakers lead a dialogue about what the "Circles of Nonviolence and Collaboration" are, i.e., how "WE THE PEOPLE” can beget WISDOM, in part by engaging in our own indigenous "Circles/Collaborative" MOVEMENT for synergistic effectiveness / impact.
ABOUT THE MOSSADEGH LEGACY INSTITUTEFounded in November 2012 by Moji Agha, the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) is a non-profit American initiative dedicated to building global nonviolence and reconciliation, in part by awakening an “integrated” interest in the life and legacy of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh--the "Gandhi of Iran." Only by understanding "what might have been" under the (“communitarian self-reliance”) democratic and pluralistic government of Prime Minister Mossadegh, overthrown by the CIA's 1953 coup [in the first of many traumatizing and destabilizing “colonial” interventions and wars in the past 60+ years] would the people of the U.S., the Middle East, and the world be empowered to beget a middle road to peace, REAL democracy, and human rights, to an enchanted land of nonviolent common ground, peace, and understanding, so life on Mother Earth may survive and prosper. 
ABOUT MOJI AGHAFounder of this initiative, Moji Agha (Mojtaba Aghamohammadi) is an Iranian-American Sufi "monk," bilingual poet and writer (and author of a book on how to quit smoking naturally) with extensive education and experience in cultural psychology and conflict resolution. He has been a peace, justice, human rights, interfaith dialogue and Mother Earth activist for almost 4 decades. Moji has founded many non-profit organizations and projects, including the International Institute to Study Climate Change in the Islamic World and the Universal Coalition for Interfaith and Intercultural Knowledge and Action, whose active project the “Simple Peace Vigil” is an around the clock "integrative" vigil (so far being observed by over 16,000 "vigilers" around the world) symbolically integrating the causes of peace, justice, and Mother Earth protection--And (today) Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 marks the Day 4,572 of this on-going “green leaf in a glass of water” (profoundly simple) vigil of profound awareness. In part due to his Sufi sensibility of naturally understanding the oneness of all beings, Moji has also made integrated contributions to the “Move to Amend” and “Occupy” Movements in the U.S., and he has been active in the non-violent Iranian “reform” and “green movement” struggles for democracy, justice, moderation, and civil spirituality. He has a unique psycho-culturally informed view on how we can (and should, before it is too late) embrace and nurture an integrated and synergistic nonviolent collaborative movement against all forms of violence, injustice, and ecocide--the perspective that has compelled him to initiate the Circles of American Nonviolence and Collaboration initiative.

The Circles of Nonviolence and Collaboration initiative supports this petition and urges one and all to join Prof. Noam Chomsky (at signature # 1) and sign the: 


Mission Statement
for the 
Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) 

December 14, 2012 (Please see the note below)


When fully established, the hereby dreamed of "Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI)" would be a non-profit international institution (donations to which are tax-deductible even now; Please see our FUNDING page about the "Mossadegh Chest"), founded and inspired by the proud historic legacy of the Late Iranian Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh (1882–1967), hoping and helping to create a world that nurtures the life-sustaining virtues and values that his legacy exemplifies, namely: Freedom, Independence  (communitarian self-reliance)
, Democracy, Peace, Justice, Moderation, Courage, Hope, Love, Non-violence, Tolerance, and Mutuality. 


Thus, the mission of the MLI (to which we hope the American people pay "indigenous" nonviolent attention) would include preserving, enhancing, and more important, extending the cherished legacy and dreams of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, through the careful creation of a collaborative international institution, worthy of his historic (but presently under-appreciated) contributions not just to his beloved Iran, but to the global community. 


We shall undertake appropriate integrative Iran-centered as well as global policy-oriented research and application initiatives that embody and practice the above-mentioned values and virtues, aiming to create actual positive change on our small vulnerable planet -- for example,
the "America for Nonviolence" project that the MLI has initiated in June 2013, but does not run it

Additionally, and eventually (as a long-term goal), the MLI will build and "house" a library and archive (based in the U.S. -- the country whose government killed Dr. Mossadegh's dream), dedicated specifically to the focus of highlighting (through in-depth interdisciplinary research and collaboration) the little-explored global and historical contributions and impacts of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh's life, work, and legacy. 

Prime examples of such MLI initiatives (per above paragraphs), would be integrative research and application projects that aim to assist (in particular) countries in the "global South" achieve genuine globally collaborative dignified communitarian self-reliance, namely the sustained liberty (in peaceful co-existence with the world) of their peoples from both "internal despotism" and "external colonialism," the two inter-dependent sides of the coin of suffering and oppression, about which "the Elder of Ahmad-Abad" (an inspirational father of the Non-Aligned Movement) warned the grandchildren of history so profoundly.     

Also, as appropriate to his stature (and as possible) we hope to be a part of (and an encouraging partner to) the eventual creation of (at least) a symphony, an opera, a feature epic docudrama movie, and a number of international championship sports tournaments (for example in football/soccer, wrestling, and weightlifting) featuring the proud name of Mossadegh, and honoring his legendary legacy and contributions to history.      


Additionally, inspired by the pioneering action of the Northeastern Illinois University, in naming a student hall as "Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Servant Leaders Hall," the MLI hopes to be an encouraging partner to all public (and private) institutions, especially in the U.S., in fostering inspired "we the people" campaigns toward naming streets, buildings, squares, neighborhoods, highways, locations, and of course days or occasions, after Mossadegh and his proud legacy. 

For example, we shall encourage and support Americans, in particular, as they initiate (as appropriate and possible) collaborations with their local city, town, or county councils, toward having a "Mossadegh Street" (celebrating nonviolence) in their part of the country; in part to help heal, gradually and symbolically, the crack of the "Liberty Bell," which Dr. Mossadegh noted, with painful irony, in his historic visit to the "Independence Hall" in Philadelphia, shortly before the 1953 uprooting of Iran's young democracy, the fragile seedling of liberty and communitarian self-reliance he had nurtured all his life.    

Thus, in this case, an obvious question arises: 

Which "we, the people" city (or town) will be the herald of this uniquely historic healing of the "crack of liberty," making her own the moral distinction of having the first "Mossadegh Day" and "Mossadegh Street" in America?  

In the same spirit, this Institute will encourage, guide, and support (as possible and appropriate) the proper initiation and development of democratically spirited interest groups, called "Mossadegh Clubs," in all communities, but especially in all credible universities, colleges, and high schools around the world, but particularly in America.  


Also, in addition to creating a global annual award, called "Mossadegh Prize for Integrated Leadership(this title is provisional), we hope that also in collaboration with existing institutional and personal efforts to cherish the enduring legacy of "The Elder of Ahmad-Abad," the MLI would become part of a successful international campaign, pursuing the goal of the eventual awarding of (a deeply deserved) posthumous joint Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh and Mahatma Gandhi.

We are aware that as of 1974 the Nobel Prize authorities have stopped awarding posthumous prizes. Nonetheless, the ambitious goal of this proposed global campaign would be to convince the Nobel Foundation to make an exception in this case, especially given that we would only be seeking the Nobel Prize recognition that Mossadegh and Gandhi have been denied; thus such a SPECIAL HISTORICAL EXCEPTION need not include any monetary component.              


The 60th anniversary of "The Coup" fell (according to the official Iranian calendar) on the 28th day of the month of Mordad of the solar year 1392, i.e., Sunday, August 18, 2013On this solemn occasion, the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) held a special commemoration event (as a part of our "Mossadegh Awareness Begets American Nonviolence" Tour of the U.S. -- please see the Tour page of this website) in the city of Independence, Missouri. 

However (per above, in "The Name" section of this document) for the formal "grand opening" ceremonies of the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI), we plan to conduct a special joyous event (or series of events) on the weekend of Dr. Mossadegh's 135th birthday, i.e., the 26th day of the month of Khordad of the solar Iranian year 1396, which falls on Friday, June 16, 2017. The main event of that weekend (Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, 2017) is being planned to happen on that Saturday or Sunday afternoon (1 to 4 PM), right across the street from the Independence Hall / Liberty Bell, in the American "City of Brotherly Love." We have already contacted the relevant officials (for the needed applications, permits, procedures, etc.) as the first step toward holding such a "historic" grand opening main event  in the "Liberty View Ballroom" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  


Especially in light of the above-mentioned heavy responsibilities, this initial statement of mission and goals is obviously an original draft. 
Thus, we hereby invite with genuine open arms, the ideas and suggestions, feedback and collaboration, of all concerned persons and institutions, but especially of those who have already made valuable contributions (through self-less sacrifice) to this overall mission, and hence understand (in practice, not words) the INTEGRATIONAL significance of this historic task, the first steps of which we, TOGETHER, are beginning to take. Please contribute to this historic process; join and contact this effort.


MLI's Founding Committee (MLIFC)

Formerly called (prior to April 8, 2013) 
Exploratory Committee to Found the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (ECFMLI)


NOTE: The original exploratory text of this Statement of Mission was drafted (and proposed, herein) by Mojtaba Aghamohammadi, a.k.a. Moji Agha, on November 14, 2012, the 61st anniversary of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh's speech at the National Press Club, during his historic trip to the U.S.


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