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ERA Statement on the Passing of SF Mayor Ed Lee

December 12, 2017 | by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Christiano, ERA
schristiano@equalrights.org / 415.575.2380

Statement from Equal Rights Advocates Executive Director Noreen Farrell on the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

(SAN FRANCISCO, December 12, 2017)—San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, a civil rights lawyer and the first Asian American person elected mayor of San Francisco, died early this morning. Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) Executive Director Noreen Farrell issued the following statement in response:

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Mayor Lee was a force for justice and equality —a fierce advocate for women’s rights, a champion of equal pay for women, and a leader for the San Francisco civil rights community.

Equal Rights Advocates was also proud to work alongside Ed Lee when he was a civil rights attorney for the Asian Law Caucus in landmark civil rights cases, like Davis v. City and County of San Francisco, which opened the San Francisco Fire Department to women and people of color. Mayor Lee was a colleague and a friend and tremendous leader. His passing is a profound loss to the city of San Francisco and those of us in the civil rights community.”

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