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Agenda 37; about 1 hr from the beginning):
The City of San Francisco Passed Burma Resolution with Unanimous Consent
Honors 1990 elections and calls US to denounce the Burma military's 2010 sham Elections
Honoring the 20th anniversary of the 1990 election in Burma, the city of San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Burma resolution at the meeting on May 11 calling the US government to denounce the Burma's military regime's 2010 election. The city also recognizes the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the rightful leader of Burma and declares May 27, 2010 as the Burma Democracy Day -- the day that 1990 election was held. Press Release Here
The resolution was passed with unanimous
consent with the following amendment:
Instead of the City directly denouncing the regime's 2010 election, it will instead urge the US federal government to denounce the election.
The full text of the resolution is posted here: SFBurmaResolution-2010.htm; below is what was resolved:
Resolution [urging the federal government] to denounce the Burmese military regime’s illegitimate 2010 election and recognizing May, 27, 2010 as Burma Democracy Day in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the 1990 Elections.
RESOLved, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisors urges [the US federal government] to denounce the Burmese military regime’s 2010 illegitimate election; and recognizes May, 27, 2010 as Burma Democracy Day in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the 1990 Elections therefore recognizing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the rightful leader of the people of Burma; and further declare May 27 as Annual Burma Democracy Day; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Office of the Clerk of the Board shall send this document to President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice thanking them for their support of the Burmese people and asking that they continue urging Burma’s neighbor China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and India to stand with the US and the UN in rejecting the regime's 2010 election unless the regime makes necessary changes that would ensure credible, inclusive and transparent elections; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Office of the Clerk of the Board shall send this document to United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon thanking him for supporting the Burmese people and urging him to reach out to the Security Council Members and Burma’s neighbor China, ASEAN, and India to stand with the US and the UN in rejecting the regime's 2010 election unless the regime makes necessary changes that would ensure credible, inclusive and transparent elections.
The Meeting to Vote on Burma Resolution
is Today, May 11, 2010
Online SF Meeting Agenda (It is agenda. 37): http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/
The full text of the resolution is posted here: SFBurmaResolution-2010.htm
Watch the meeting LIVE starting at 2 pm PST: http://sanfrancisco.granicus.
Agenda 37, 100544
Resolution denouncing the Burmese military regime’s illegitimate 2010 election and recognizing May, 27, 2010, as Burma Democracy Day in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the 1990 Elections.
05/04/2010; REFERRED FOR ADOPTION WITHOUT COMMITTEE REFERENCE AGENDA AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.
Question: Shall this Resolution be ADOPTED?
Call to Action - Please email San Francisco Board of Supervisors to support Burma Resolution
Dear Friends of Burma,
To support the people of Burma in their long and hard struggle for freedom, the city of San Francisco will vote on a resolution – denouncing the 2010 Election in Burma as illegitimate. The resolution will be voted on coming Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The resolution is sponsored by Supervisor Chris Daly, co-sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar and Supervisor John Avalos.
How you can support: Please email the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and ask them to kindly support the resolution. Few suggestions below, and the email addresses are at the bottom:
Subject line: Please Vote Yes to Resolution denouncing the Burmese military
regime’s illegitimate 2010 election
Email body: You may use the text in the Background section below. If you live in their district, please mention about it.
Background: The people of Burma have lived under brutal dictatorship since 1962. After the massive uprising in 1988, the military junta held an election in 1990, and the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory. Instead of the power being handed over, many of the NLD’s leaders and representatives have been imprisoned and/or chased out of the country by the military regime.
The regime is holding an election this year, but the election-winning party, NLD is ceasing to exit as of May 6 as the regime has forced the party to not contest in the election by slapping laws that require NLD to expel its leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and many others in the prisons (political prisoners) before registering for the election . So, the party refuses to register, and it will cease to exit according their unjust laws.
After destroying the NLD as a political party, the regime is now planning to secure all seats available in the election for the military and its cronies. According to the sham constitution drawn up by the regime, the military is allowed to appoint 25% of the seats in the parliament. To gain the remaining 75% of the seats, the regime's Prime Minister last week registered the regime-backed, notorious Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) as a political party to contest in the forthcoming election.
The regime’s goals in doing the election this year are crystal clear: 1) To erase the 1990 election's results, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD 2) To legitimize its military rule and 3) To fool the international community to ease pressure. This is no free, fair and all-inclusive election at all, but a political play by the oppressive regime to fool the world to hold on to the power.
So, please stand with the people of Burma and vote yes to the resolution denouncing the Burmese military regime’s illegitimate 2010 election.
More on the resolution: Besides denouncing the regime’s illegitimate election, the resolution recognizes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the rightful leader of Burma and declares May 27 as the Burma Democracy in honor of the 20th anniversary of the 1990 elections. The resolution also calls on the US and UN to reach out to the Burma’s neighboring countries: China, India and ASEAN; and the Security Council Members to stand with them in rejecting the 2010 election in Burma. The full text of the resolution is posted here: SFBurmaResolution-2010.htm
--------------------- SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ----------------------------
Please send an email to ask them to support the "Resolution denouncing the Burmese military regime’s illegitimate 2010 election" coming Tuesday.
Supervisor Alioto-Pier – District 2
(415) 554-7843 - fax
Aides: Bill Barnes & Catherine Stefani
Supervisor David Chiu –
(415) 554-7454 - fax
Aides: David Noyola, Jamie Cantwell, Victor Lim
Supervisor Carmen Chu – District 4
(415) 554-7432 - fax
Aide: Katy Tang & Cammy Blackstone
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd – District 7
(415) 554-6546 - fax
Aides: Olivia Scanlon & Alexander Volberding
Supervisor Bevan Dufty -
(415) 554-6909 - fax
Aides: Boe Hayward & Nicolas King
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell -
(415) 554-7674 - fax
Aides: Jon Lau & Alice Guidry
Following supervisors already supported the resolution; you may want to send a thank you note instead.
Supervisor Chris Daly – District 6
(415) 554-7974 - fax
Aides:Tom Jackson & April Veneracion
Supervisor Eric Mar - District 1
(415) 554-7415 - fax
Aides:Cassandra Costello & Lin-Shao Chin
Supervisor John Avalos – District 11
(415) 554-6979 - fax
Aides: Raquel Redondiez& Frances Hsieh