NIPOC Praises Jim Doti giving up his kidney to help a stranger

Jim Doti’s shoe snags a chair leg and he keels backward. Yet the former Chapman University president nimbly recovers and I’m silently grateful for his reflexes.

It’s not because I think he could crack open like Humpty Dumpty. A high-altitude climber, Doti’s far too tough to break bones in a simple slip and fall. I worry because he has three holes in his torso and an array of stitches across his abdomen.

You see, just a few weeks ago, Doti did what few brave souls dare. He donated a kidney to a total stranger.

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Rayka Zehtabchi, the First Iranian-American Woman to Win an Oscar !

NIPOC congratulates Rayka Zehtabchi, the First Iranian-American Woman to Win an Oscar for her documentary short film called "Period". The 25-minute documentary shows the cultural stigma of menstruation in a an Indian village, where most women don't have access to sanitary pads or menstrual products. Girls who began menstruating tend to drop out of school — out of shame or stigma.

You can watch this documentary on Netflix.

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Yesterday, today, tomorrow…

On a sunny pleasant weekend day of Southern California in the Autumn of 1986 a dozen recent university graduates of Iranian-American professionals gathered in an Orange County public park playing volleyball and exchanging casual ideas for possibilities of setting up a nonprofit organization to promote Persian Community, with no political and religion affiliation.

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