Contact the Mayor and City Council directly and express your disappointment in their 8-14-12 decision to ignore the concerns of Palestinian-Americans and others regarding the fact that there are members of our community who are prohibited from visiting Ashkelon, a city: with a racist immigration policy; that discriminates against it Palestinian Muslim and Christian citizens; and in which human rights and international law is systematically violated.
Disregarding the purpose and intent of sister cities, the Council went along with the Israel lobby and has now helped it fulfill its Israel advocacy objective of making Ashkelon a sister city of Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee reported that the Council had received a letter supporting Ashkelon as a sister city written by the California Capitol Knesset, a group of California legislators that has taken the name of Israel’s governing body. Sacramentans and Californians who don’t think our state legislators should be so tied to a foreign government are urged to express that to their electeds: http://www.assembly.ca.gov; http://www.senate.ca.gov.
Sacramento values its diversity, respects civil rights and human dignity, and opposes discrimination against it citizens. The Sister Cities that it supports and officially sanctions should reflect these values — Ashkelon, Israel does not.
Cut & paste emails to Mayor and all City Council members:
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Email & call Mayor & Councilmembers individually:
Mayor Kevin Johnson, email@example.com, or through the website: www.cityofsacramento.org/mayor/forms/emailCommentForm
Councilmember Angelique Ashby, Vice-Mayor, 916-808-7001, firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Sandy Sheedy, 916-808-7002, email@example.com
Councilmember Steve Cohn, 916-808-7003, firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Robert Fong, 916-808-7004,email@example.com
Councilmember Jay Schenirer, 916-808-7005,firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Kevin McCarty,916-808-7006, KMcCarty@cityofsacramento.org
Councilmember Darrell Fong, 916-808-7007, email@example.com
Councilmember Bonnie J. Pannell, 916-808-7008, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Write Sacramento’s Mayor and City Council members
Sacramento City Hall
915 I Street – Sacramento, CA 95814
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