Great news! On July 21, San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution condemning the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Supervisor Matt Haney co-sponsored the resolution. (More details about the resolution are below.) The resolution will be voted on at a Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting before it goes to the full board of supervisors sometime in September 2020.
Please urge the San Francisco supervisors to vote YES on the resolution. Below you’ll find supervisor contact information and a sample email you can copy and paste.
Supervisor email addresses
Sandra Lee Fewer, District 1, Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org
Catherine Stefani, District 2, Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org
Aaron Peskin, District 3, Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org
Dean Preston, District 5, Dean.Preston@sfgov.org
Norman Yee, District 7, Norman.Yee@sfgov.org
Rafael Mandelman, District 8, MandelmanStaff@sfgov.org
Hillary Ronen, District 9, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org
Shamann Walton, District 10, Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org
Ahsha Safai, District 11, Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org
(If you’re not sure who your supervisor is, you can find out here.)
Sample email to supervisors
Dear Supervisor [fill in name],
I’m writing to urge you to support Supervisor Mar’s resolution condemning the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook’s record of spreading public health disinformation, including during the current COVID-19 pandemic, is shameful, and its founder’s name has no place on San Francisco’s most prominent health facility.
Mark Zuckerberg’s failure to stop hate, lies, racism, and disinformation from running rampant on Facebook is counter to the values San Franciscans hold dear. He is being pressured to change Facebook’s policies by companies throughout the country that have stopped advertising on Facebook to #StopHateForProfit. San Francisco should support these efforts and remove any mention of Mark Zuckerberg’s name from San Francisco General Hospital.
Information about the resolution
The resolution condemns the naming of the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center after Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg and urges City departments to establish clear standards with regards to naming rights for public institutions and properties that reflect San Francisco’s values and a commitment to affirming and upholding human rights, dignity, and social and racial justice.
Although the resolution will not actually remove the Zuckerberg name from the hospital, it is an important first step in our campaign to disassociate this prestigious public hospital from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and everything they stand for.
Media coverage of the resolution: