“No other city in the country is a greater target for terrorism than New York, and our safety depends on bringing every bit of pressure we can muster against Iran’s regime,” said Public Advocate de Blasio. “Every company we convince to take its business elsewhere turns up the heat and undermines Iran’s push to get nuclear weapons. None of these companies would ever choose the Iranian regime over the American consumer—that’s the choice we need to force on any company that does business in Iran.”
Chris DeVito, Executive Director of Iran180, called on city residents to actively take part in the new campaign. “We hope that all New Yorkers will use this tool to let companies know that doing business with a regime that abuses its own people, and ignores international opinion on its nuclear program, cannot continue,” DeVito stated.
“By overwhelming numbers, polls show that the American people understand the immediacy of the threat posed by Iran to the United States and its allies. But they do not know how to give practical expression to their concerns,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “This consumer action campaign launched by Public Advocate de Blasio will enable citizens and elected officials alike to educate and motivate companies to stop doing business with Iran until they truly end their nuclear weapons program and their state sponsorship of global terrorism.”
The twelve automakers displayed in the Iran Watch List website’s “Virtual Showroom” are Fiat, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Suzuki, Toyota and Volvo. All of these manufacturers combined sell more than 650,000 vehicles per year in the country, making it the second-largest sector of Iran’s economy. Although foreign governments have periodically increased sanctions, the automotive sector in Iran remains robust because of the investments made by these companies. Consumers have the capability to use the Watch List to directly pressure companies though social media, including Facebook and Twitter.