San Leandro To Raise The People's Republic Of China Flag in front of City Hall on October 1st

Honorable Mayor Stephen Cassidy:

尊敬的Stephen Cassidy市长:

We were elated when we heard that the majority of the City Council voted, 4 to 3, on September 16, to raise the People’s Republic of China flag on October 1st to recognize the diversity in San Leandro and to show the City’s appreciation for the many contributions made by the Chinese community.The raising of the flag in front of the City Hall to show respect for the Chinese in the community has been a tradition in several Bay Area cities where there is a sizeable Chinese population, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Alameda.It will definitely attract more Chinese businesses come to San Leandro.

市议会在9月16日以4票对3票通过了10月1日在市府升中国国旗,我们感到无比的高兴,因为这是对我们华人社区贡献的肯定和接受。中国国旗是中国人荣誉的象征,而升国旗仪式是对华人后裔的尊重。升中国国旗仪式已经在湾区几个城市举行,包括三藩市,屋崙市和阿拉米达市。这肯定会吸引更多的商家来投资圣利安灶市。

However, your unilateral decision to suspend the City Council’s decision to raise the People’s Republic of China flag on October 1st in front of the City Hall today is a great disappointment to the Chinese community. First, you voted NO on this resolution, which tells us that you are not friendly to the Chinese community. Second, when you decided to suspend the City council's decision, did you think about the democratic process that we have worked so hard in preserving? Shouldn't it be majority rule? Your decision was not democratic nor reasonable. As a lawyer and a mayor, you should understand the implication of your decision whichwas unsupported by the Chinese community.

但是您的单方面的决定把这升旗仪式暂停,引起了我们华人社区的强烈不满。第一,市议会投票的时候,您是持反对票的。这表明您对我们华人社区这种态度很不友善,因为我们华人社区得不到您对我们的尊重。第二,既然市议会以4票对3票通过了,为什么您还要把仪式暂停呢?美国的自由和民主精神去哪里了?不是要少数服从多数吗?您这决定是不自由和民主的。作为律师和市长的您,应该明白这道理。我们华人社区对您的决定非常反感和不满。

The Chinese community will treat this actas racial discrimination against them. We strongly urge you to honor passing of the resolution by the City Council to proceed with raising the People's Republic of China Flag in front of the City Hall on October 1st.

华人社区会觉得这是种族歧视,所以我们希望你能改变你的决定,让我们在10月1日市府升中国国旗。

Sincerely,

衷心的,

The Chinese Community In San Leandro圣利安灶市华人社区

The Chinese Community In Bay Area 湾区华人社区

The Chinese Community Worldwide世界华人社区

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