San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supports Iranian American Know Your Rights Resolution
San Francisco, CA – On August 16, 2005, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution in support of Congressional Resolution 367 condemning bigotry, violence and discrimination against Iranian Americans. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the first American of Iranian heritage to be elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, introduced the resolution in an effort to ensure that Iranian Americans are not further discriminated against in the post-9/11 climate.
At the urging of IAPAC, Congressman Marty Meehan (D-5th/MA) and Congressman Christopher Shays (R-4th/CT) introduced resolution H.Res.367 on July 19th condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans. The resolution is a component of the Iranian American Know Your Rights Campaign and is in response to documented reports of discrimination against Iranian Americans as provided by the members of the coalition. The resolution declares that the government should ensure civil rights and civil liberties protections for Iranian Americans and encourages Iranian Americans to share their experiences with local, state and federal elected officials.
As a means of complementing the Iranian American Know Your Rights Campaign, Supervisor Mirkarimi first announced his intention to introduce a San Francisco City resolution that supports H.Res.367 at the campaign’s press briefing on August 3rd in San Francisco, CA.
The San Francisco resolution outlines the Board of Supervisors’ concerns over an “alarming number of reports of incidents of discrimination and bias-motivated crimes against Americans of Middle Eastern descent, including Iranian Americans.” It commends Congressman Meehan, Congressman Shays and original co-sponsors Congressman Tom Feeney (R-24th/FL) and Congressman John Mica (R-7th/FL) for introducing H.Res.367 in the U.S. House of Representatives and urges the San Francisco Police Commission “to take steps to ensure that the San Francisco Police Department protects all San Franciscans from discrimination, especially those of South Asia (Middle Eastern) and Iranian descent most at risk due to the prejudicial misperceptions of culpability prevalent in wake of September 11th attacks.”
The resolution also urges the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.Res.367 and declares that the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors shall transmit copies of the resolution to the offices of Minority Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-8th/CA), Congressman Meehan, Congressman Shays, Congressman Feeney and Congressman Mica.
The Board of Supervisors is the legislative branch of the City and County of San Francisco. The Board consists of 11 members. Each member is elected on a non-partisan basis from a district where he or she lives.