The "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI) is completely independent of other groups and political affiliation as far as its administration and decision making is concerned.
While a number of groups have often claimed the ownership of our organization and are trying to take credit in our name for our achievments, other have usurped or are currently using parts of our denomination in order to gain part of the trust that the name of the "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" is creating among many. Others have often published copies of our statements or articles under their names which have lead to confusion on our origin or goals.
Such behavior has harmed, at several occasions, the SMCCDI in many aspects and in its relations with third parties.
It's to note that the members of our Mouvement consist of students inside and outside of Iran, as well as Iranian professionals who share the students’ vision of a free, independent, democratic, secular and industrialized Iran.
Although we have differing views for a post theocracy Iran, we are united based on our shared beliefs in nonviolent resistance, secularism, peace, democracy and free markets.
We believe the common objectives that unite those of us who oppose the theocracy are far greater than what divides us. Yet, we have allowed our differences to dictate our actions, permitting the theocracy to take advantage of our lack of unity. We need to come together and unite behind a set of principles and ideals, not an individual. No more individual worship. That time has long faded. How many times must we set up ourselves for disappointment by putting all of our hopes behind an individual?
We need to look forward to the future and create a better life for our children, not waste time placing blame for past mistakes or constantly criticizing one another. We need a tangible, constructive and positive action plan. Let us unite behind implementing peace, democracy, free markets and a bill of rights in Iran, while trusting the Iranian people to decide as to which government or individual suits them best.
We welcome any Iranian who believes in nonviolent resistance, secularism, peace, democracy and free markets to join our group. Faith in ideals – not individuals.