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Ethiopian Heritage Flag Flying in San Jose

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Petition For Our Heritage Flag Concerned Ethiopian Businesses and Community Members in San Jose September 25, 2012 We members of the Ethiopian Community in San Jose metro pay our gratitude to our Mayor Chuck Reed and to our City Council Members for recognizing our New Year and flying our Ethiopian Heritage Flag over the San Jose City Hall this year as they have done for the last 8 years. Throughout our long history Ethiopians have had our Green, Yellow and Red three-colored flag from antiquity. Recently, regimes have started putting their symbols in the middle of our flag. During this time, power transition in Ethiopia has not been democratic and the symbol represented only the ruling regime of the time. Members of our community have come to live in San Jose in different times and for different reasons, but we all are Ethiopians with a common flag and a common history. Individuals with different political persuasions may want to impose their own brand on the whole community but, as members of the community, we stand together with our American institutions, our church and our community centers proclaiming the three-colored Green, Yellow and Red flag as our unifying flag. We revere our flag; it is the symbol of our independence, unity, and history. It will remain the three-colored Green, Yellow and Red flag for generations to come as it has been for centuries. The following members of the community, businesses and individuals have here below put our signature to support the Mayor of the City of San Jose and Council members for their recognition of and commemoration of our New Year and allowing our three colored Green, Yellow and Red heritage flag without any symbol on it to fly at the San Jose City Hall as it has for the last eight years.

Thank you, God bless the United States of America!

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