Community Members Rally at Mayor Lee’s Doorstep to Demand Support for Ordinance

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On Friday, March 30th, hundreds of community members plan to rally in Civic Center Plaza to tell Mayor Ed Lee to support the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance (file #120046) and to demand that Mayor Lee meet with the Coalition for Safe San Francisco.

(Mar 28, 2012 - San Francisco, CA) 

Over 80 organizational endorsers and hundreds of community members have spoken out in support of the Ordinance as a way to ensure that the SFPD will not overstep San Francisco’s civil rights protections while collaborating with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Despite repeated requests to listen to community needs, Mayor Lee has not yet agreed to meet with the Coalition.

Organizers of the event are expecting several hundred attendees from endorsing organizations and supporting local mosques.  The event will begin with a Rally featuring the Ordinance’s sponsor, Supervisor Jane Kim, and speeches from advocates representing a broad range of community groups and impacted community members, followed by a Unity Sermon and Prayer.  In addition to the overwhelmingly diverse support for the Ordinance, local mosques have gathered to declare they will not permit the recent spying scandals of New York and Orange County to be repeated in San Francisco. Three San Francisco mosques have moved their prayers to Civic Center for the day.

When:    Friday, March 30th
What:    Community Rally at 12:30PM & Unity Prayer at 1:15PM
Where: Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister Street, San Francisco
Who:     Hundreds of Arabs, Muslims, South Asians and allies

Community members are asking Mayor Ed Lee to meet with them so that he can (1) closely examine the Ordinance, (2) listen to community stories demonstrating the clear need for this Ordinance, and (3) restore local standards, local oversight and local control through legislation so that San Franciscans know that the local police department is subject to them in a manner that is consistent with civil rights laws.

About the Coalition:  The Coalition for a Safe San Francisco is a growing grassroots alliance dedicated to
protecting the civil rights and civil liberties challenged by overbroad national security policies.

About the Council on American-Islamic Relations: CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil  
liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Zahra Billoo
Executive Director, CAIR-SFBA
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