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ABOUT (Mission Statement)
Initial Mission Statement
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 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" falls (according to the official Iranian calendar) on the 28th day of the month of Mordad of the solar year 1392, which begins at 2:30 PM, Sunday, August 18, 2013 -- given the time zone difference between Iran and that of the Central U.S.
On this solemn occasion, the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI) will hold a special commemoration event [as a part of our "Mossadegh Awareness Begets American Nonviolence" Tour of the U.S. -- please see the tour's 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 on Dr. Mossadegh's 132nd or 133rd birthday [the 26th day of the month of Khordad of the solar Iranian year 1393 or 1394, which begins at 3:30 PM, Sunday, June 15, 2014, or Monday, June 15, 2015, in the Eastern time zone of the U.S.] 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 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.