Poor Mayor Bogaard after getting named our “Grinch of the Year”, is due to get another award as a result of the Chinese Gloat (that’s pasadenan for float) and the human rights issue. This time it is a “Broken Rose Award” to be awarded Saturday in Pasadena by the Visual Artists Guild. (Art work courtesy of the Visual Artists Guild).
I have spoken with Ms Ann Lau and exchanged emails with her after she attached an invitation to all of LA as a comment on David Markland’s original post. She is part of the Visual Artists Guild and is among many championing the awareness of human rights violations in China. Some of them I have learned put family members sitting in the “labor/re-education camps” at risk for more punishment because of their actions. I have to admire her tenacity in going after the Tournament of Roses and anyone she can to get to acknowledge the abuses. She is looking for something beyond “allegations” when addressing the issue even at the risk of losing a chance to make a buck.
By attending the ceremony that I doubt will be attended by Mr. Bogaard, you will have the chance to sign a petition to be delivered to the US Senate asking for their help in bring the release of “prisoners of conscience” held in Chinese prisons.
More after the jump.
Sorry for the short notice on this but I had little to work with. If you have the spare moment and want to attend here are the details from the comment section:
You are cordially invited to join us at the Award ceremony for Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard for winning the 2007 Grinch of the Year with a landslide votes.
Date: Saturday, December 22, 2007
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Pasadena City Hall
100 N Garfield Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109
Contact: [email protected]
Please bring your friends.
Mayor Bogaard also won because of his refusal to help a woman pleading for him to write a letter to Pasadena’s sister city in a district of Beijing asking for the release of her mother.