Submitted by Sande Hart
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the Honorable Mussie Hailu, Charter for Compassion Global Council member, and United Nations Ambassador for the Golden Rule along with United Religions Initiative President for North America, Compassionate California and Compassion Game's Advisory Board, Sande Hart met with the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services to encourage them to affirm and promote April 5th officially as "Golden Rule Day" and the City of Compassion campaign.
San Francisco, with it's richly diverse culture and unique history, including being the city where the original Charter for the United Nations was signed as well as the home of the United Religions Initiative Global headquarters, is naturally qualified to fit the profile of a potential Compassionate City. It was the wish of Ambassador Hailu to meet with city officials and request they consider becoming a City of Compassion and weave the Golden Rule into the fabric of their great city through their existing programming. Ambassador Hailu brought with him to present to San Fancisco offials resolutions for The Golden Rule Day signed by Mayors for Peace as well as the African Union.
While our notice was too short to meet the San Francisco's mayor, and before the Ambassador left for home in Ethiopia, we did start an important and fruitful conversation which can be carried on by the United Religions Initiative.
As it turns out, Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer was in town at the same time with much of the World Compassion Festival and Compassion Games committee to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the University of California Santa Cruz at the invitation of Dr. James Doty of Stanford University based Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Education (CCARE). At a small gathering with Mayor Lee of San Francisco that night, Mayor Fischer gave a compelling and impelling talk about the essentiality of a Compassionate City, complete with personal experience, like only Mayor Fischer can deliver.
With great thanks to Mayor Fischer, Mayor Lee is now fully aware of the Compassionate Cities effort and all it's great potential. Mayor Lee was also overhead as stating "I'm In!".
Golden Rule Day signifies the shift in culture we can imagine for San Francisco and for every city and municipality on Earth. The Compassionate Cities campaign will nurture that culture forward led by citizens working together with local government for common measurable goals to improve all issues that threaten a city's safety net and promote neighbor to neighbor, citizen to citizen harmony. It is a natural partner to the work to all of the Compassionate initiatives that are emerging now through the Charter for Compassion and this thriving network to nurture forward a culture of Compassion.
With deep gratitude to the Honorable Mussie Hailu, the Mayor's staff is now aware of the importance of implementing compassion and The Golden Rule into their city's efforts.