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.