Poem today : Mirage Oases

First among places
susceptible to trespass
are mirage oases

whose graduated pools
and shaded grasses, palms
and speckled fishes give
before the lightest pressure
and are wrecked.

For they live
only in the kingdom
of suspended wishes,
thrive only at our pleasure

Kay Ryan, 1997

Philadelphia : Silent Protest Against Election Fraud in Iran & Candle Light Vigil


Please come to show your support for the citizens of Iran, who have risked their lives to protest the ‘official’ results of the election. Our silent protest is followed by a candle light vigil to honor the courage of those who lost their lives, to ensure that their voice is not dead, that their memory is with us forever.

Iranians around the world voted in the presidential election of 12 June 2009 (22 Khordad 1388) and stand in solidarity with the people in Iran and their true vote. We in the Iranian Diaspora reject the ‘official’ results put forth by the Ministry of Interior and demand that this election be canceled and held again. We echo demands that the Iranian government take clear and transparent measures toward insuring that the democratic process is respected, and cease all violence against the people. Moreover, we demand that the government respects all the rights of the people enshrined in the Iranian Constitution, including: Freedom of Assembly (Article 27), Freedom of the Press (Article 24) and Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Detention (Article 32).

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD and invite your friends, families and everyone…

Don’t forget to wear GREEN.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Silent protest: 6:00-7:15pm
Candle light vigil: 7:15-8:00pm

Location: Rittenhouse square (North Side)
Between 18th and 19th on Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The point is to support the people of Iran in their demands around this fraudulent election and to condemn the violence. Not to push other agendas. No political factions, NO FLAGS (from any country), let us speak with one voice.