(This is a living document and subject to occasional updates. If you don’t find your question answered here, send us a note and if enough readers ask a similar question, that’ll make our FAQ list!)
WHAT IS 30 OR 30?
30or30 translated to Farsi readS si-ya-si, and siasi means politics, or political, to be exact. We see politics at the base of everything that is of value and we hold dear.
BUT I AM NOT POLITICAL AT ALL, WHY SHOULD I VISIT A POLITICAL SITE?
Well, 30or30 covers a lot more than politics. Arts, literature, photography, food, health, and culture are just a sample of other topics we do cover.
Besides, we have heard many say they aren’t political, but when you ask them about what is important to them, you have no option but to consider it political. Let’s say you are passionate about animal rights. Well, preservation and protection of wildlife is decision often made directly based on politics. The more obvious example though may be that your cousin, aunt, or grandparents are barred from entering the U.S. because of Trump administration Muslim Ban.
WAT ID I DON’T AGREE WITH YOUR POLITICS?
We certainly do not expect every reader to be in-line with our opinion on every issue. But for most of us, and by the fact that you are reading this, we are willing to guess that we have more in common than we disagree on.
30or30 aims to provide a voice for the progressive voices that otherwise will not be heard. We shamelessly advocate for our values and defend our community. And we will not be silenced, we can assure you of that.
WHO PAYS FOR THIS? AND HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY?
We are a group of artists, activists, writers, thinkers, and contact creators and this is truly a labor of love. 100% of our costs, so far, has been provided by ourselves. We have refused and will not take money or other considerations from ANY political party, organization, or governments and their agencies. Let us repeat that as it is important:
WE REFUSE ASSISTANCE FROM ANY GOVERNMENT OR POLITICAL ENTITY.
We are however open to partnering with other progressive organizations and activists who share our view and wish to collaborate with us or to share resources. Contact us if you are interested.
How we make money is another story. The short version is that we don’t. We have applied to be recognized as a non-profit in the US, but are generally run as a not-for-profit venture. We have made a commitment to not treat this as a job and also to not take a salary until and if we get to a stage of profitability.
We do have some ads from some selected great merchants, which we hope you frequent often. The little amount they do might make will not even cover the cost of site development, hosting, ads, and syndication rights. Once we are registered as a non-profit, we do plan to apply for small grants from funders that share our vision, mission, and values. We hope these grants will cover our costs.
WHAT DOES PROGRESSIVE ACTUALLY MEAN?
That might just be the $64,000 question as everybody has their own definition. Having a Progressive outlook and goals is also very much dependent on one’s geography and political climate.
These are some of our core goals and demands, in the context of US politics in 2019:
- Ending the war economy and instead investing the savings heavily in infrastructure programs, education, and re-education of our workforce, expansion of social services to include a guaranteed basic income, and environmental causes.
- Establishing a new relationship with all other nations based on respect, dignity, and spirit of cooperation.
- Recognition of indigenous rights and sovereignty.
- Equal access to healthcare with a single-payer system, including mental, dental, and prescription medicine coverage.
- Overhaul of the justice system to serve everyone equally and with dignity. Also, decriminalization of recreational drugs, abolishing capital punishment and doing away with discriminatory and punitive laws such as three-strike legislation in California.
- No-pay equal access to all levels of education for all.
- Increasing the minimum wage to a minimum of $15, adjusted higher for some of the major metropolitan areas, and tied in the future to inflation and rising costs.
- A more equitable and progressive income tax structure, including a significant estate tax on top 5% wealthiest Americans.
So, in summary, if you are in the $10M+ annual income, or have accumulated a wealth of over $100M, we are certainly not advocating any more benefit for you, so go ahead and hate us. For everyone else, we are not re-inventing the wheel and just wish to bring the US up to similar standards as the rest of the industrial world in terms of life expectancy, quality of education, cost of medical care, more affordable housing, less punitive prison sentences and focusing on retraining and rehabilitation, instead, and a whole bunch of other goodies that will benefit you and your neighbors.
WILL YOU PUBLISH MY ORGINAL MATERIAL?
Probably yes!, We are VERY open to fresh voices who are otherwise silenced by all the noise created by the bigger networks, sites, and stations. Send us your pitch and we will gladly reply as quickly as we can.
IS THIS SITE FOR IRANIANS ONLY?
Absolutely not. We are firm believers that there is only one race of us on this planet and that’s the human race. As long as we share similar values and aspirations, you are one of “our people” or Khodi in Farsi.
WHO IS THIS “WE” YOU KEEP REFERRING TO?
“WE” are pretty much everybody you see featured on 30or30. It’s a group effort and it belongs to our community. We will introduce everyone as they start to create new material and come in from the shadows, but to start with, Pedram Moallemian is our managing editor.
You may have been familiar with his blog the eyeranian that was one of the original Iranian blogs in English. He also started Amrikaee, as well as a host of other community organizations he has been a part of. Aside from that, he has been published by at least a dozen mainstream publications and appeared on various television programs.