Friday, August 11, 2006


One of the people in my Gather network, Lili Mazahery, happens to have contributed to the creation of a proposal going before the San Fran Board of Supervisors. I fully recognize that this is a governmental body that I disagree with over 90 percent of the time, particularly because they often vote on issues beyond their purview (The NYC council does this often, as well).

However, because Lili is a passionate advocate, and is championing a cause that I don't speak to directly often enough, but care deeply about, LEAVWORLD is endorsing the following resolution:

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San
Francisco urges the U.S. State Department to issue a strong condemnation against
the Islamic Republic of Iran for its practices of civil and human rights abuses,
executions of minors, homosexuals and adulterers, and executions by the barbaric
and violent means of public stoning; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors condemns the
criminalization of private, adult consensual sexual relations.

Many thanks to Lily Mazahery, who helped draft the resolution, Ross
Mirkarimi, the other Supervisors, the many City Hall staffers and the Mayor, all
of whom have expended tremendous political capital and energy on behalf of
ending all executions in Iran and the USA. Let this resolution from San
Francisco be the first of many across the land.

To have a liberal enclave like S.F. denounce Iran is a huge thing, if only symbolically. That this condemnation proposal comes up at this time is poignant, as well.


Anonymous said...

I wanted to let you know that the resolution passed unanimously yesterday!

Congratulations to Ms. Mazahery and Mr. Mirkarimi for having the backbone to stand up for what is right.

Chris said...

I second that! We need more people like them in NY as well!