Friday, December 23, 2016

Life Lessons from San Franciso

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution in response to the current political situation. It turns out that this resolution is an amazing list of lessons for life. Here's the list, minus the political and bureaucratic commentary.

Try substituting "I" for "We" and think about what it might mean in your life.

San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one-third of our population. This is the Golden Gate—we build bridges, not walls; (I will build bridges, not walls.)

We will never back down on women’s rights. We will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything. (I will stand up for women's rights.)

For all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and San Francisco will never stop fighting for you. (I will never stop fighting for you.)

We still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith. And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together. (I will stand up for religious freedom.)

Black Lives Matter in San Francisco. We will continue reforming our police department and rebuilding trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods. (I will stand up for safety and freedom for all people.)

Climate change is not a hoax. In this city, surrounded by water on three sides, science matters. And we will continue our work on CleanPower, Zero Waste, and everything else we are doing to protect future generations. (I will work to protect future generations.)

We have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade. Regardless of future changes, San Franciscans will be protected. (I will work for universal health care.)

We are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day. We will remain committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world. (I will work for peace ... world peace.)

San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon. (I will support public transportation systems.)

California is the sixth largest economy in the world. The Bay Area is the innovation capital of the country. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for dollars. (I will support the common good over financial gain.)

We condemn all hate crimes and hate speech. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are one City. And we will move forward together. (I will stand up and speak up against all forms of hate.)

Never have I been prouder of my state and this shining city.

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