Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, issued on June 16 a proclamation honoring Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, and declared June 16, 2005 PREM RAWAT DAY. Mayor Newsom’s proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas, Prem Rawat is known internationally as a humanitarian leader and a steadfast proponent of peace. His message of inner peace has inspired more than 9 million people in 50 nations; and
Whereas, Prem Rawat has presented his message of peace to more than 26,000 citizens of the San Francisco Bay area; and
Whereas, The Prem Rawat Foundation has initiated humanitarian efforts which have generated more than $150,000 for the United Nations’ World Food Programme, spearheaded tsunami hunger relief efforts in Sri Lanka, donated more than thirty tons of rice to war-torn Ivory Coast, and conducted ongoing medical clinics in India; and
Whereas, Prem Rawat has been recognized for his message of peace and humanitarian efforts by United Nations officials; the Italian Parliament; and governors, state assemblies, and mayors throughout the United States; and
Whereas, Prem Rawat will present a special UN 60th Anniversary address entitled "Peace Is Possible" on Friday, June 24th at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, the historic site where the United Nations Charter was signed in 1945,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, in honor of Prem Rawat’s outstanding contribution to the people of the world and in honor of his incredible accomplishments in improving the lives of millions of people, do hereby proclaim June 16, 2005 as PREM RAWAT DAY in San Francisco.