Chinese Progressive Association Statement on Passing of Mayor Ed Lee

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Chinese Progressive Association Statement on Passing of Mayor Ed Lee

Like many of you, this morning, we woke up to the news of Mayor Ed Lee’s sudden passing. We were deeply saddened to hear this news and send condolences to his family. We join the rest of Chinatown and San Francisco community in mourning this great loss.

As the child of immigrants, a civil rights and housing attorney, Mayor Lee made the community proud when he became the first Chinese American mayor of San Francisco. As an attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, Mayor Lee dedicated the early part of his career to make Chinatown a better and healthier place for its residents, particularly residents of the Ping Yuen housing projects. “We were proud to be with Ed and the work that he did to support the Ping Yuen tenants and to see the great work he did on behalf of the tenants. We will miss the energy, commitment, and compassion that he brought to the tenants,” reflects Pam Tau Lee, CPA Board Chair.

As Mayor, especially in these tumultuous times, Mayor Lee was a stalwart advocate for protecting San Francisco as a sanctuary city. We will always remember his leadership and partnership with community groups like CPA and labor organizations to win a $15 minimum wage for workers in San Francisco and to ensure this law was enforced.


華人進步會有關市長李孟賢離世之聲明

正如大家一樣,今天早上,我們起床就聽到市長李孟賢驟然離世的消息。我們非常難過,並向他的家人送上深切的慰問。我們聯同整個華埠和三藩市社區哀悼這個重大的損失。

身為一個移民之子和一個公民權益和房屋律師,李市長成為第一個華裔三藩市市長之時是一個讓我們的社區引以為傲的時刻。作為亞洲法律聯會其中一位律師,李市長投放他工作生涯的前半部份將華埠打造成一個對住客來說更美好及宜居的地方,尤其是平園房屋項目的住戶。「我們為了能夠和他合作,以及他為平園的住客所做的一切感到自豪,我們將會懷念他所帶給住客的能量,堅持和同理心。」進步會董事長李曹玉娟女士如是說。

處於當今亂世,李市長是一個可靠堅定的倡議者,確保三藩市是一個庇護城市。我們將會永遠懷念他的領導才能,以及他跟進步會等的社區機構和勞工團體合作,為三藩市工人贏取$15最低工資,並確保這一條法例的落實。