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Clairon Alley to Unveil Mural Portraying Female Prisoners in Iran in SF's Mission District

A mural portraying seven female political prisoners in Iran will be unveiled Sunday afternoon in San Francisco's Mission District.

The mural in Clarion Alley features portraits of women who have been imprisoned for speaking out on a range of issues, including civil and child rights, and environmental activism, according to a release from organizers.

It is part of "In Honor of Iran's Prisoners of Conscience," a month-long project to remember hundreds of men and women who have been taken as political prisoners in Iran, organizers said.

The mural is being painted by Clarion Alley Mural Project and is sponsored by United for Iran, a nonprofit working for civil liberties in Iran.

Organizers said the women portrayed in the new mural are: Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist sentenced to 33 years in 2018; Athena Daemi, known for her child rights activism, and sentenced to seven

years in 2014; Niloufar Bayani, an environmental activist arrested in 2018 with 55 others by Iranian security forces; Sepideh Gholian, a social and civil activist arrested and sexually assaulted in 2018 during a protest with labor activists; Zeinab Jalalian, an activist arrested in 2008 and sentenced to death, but then reduced to life in prison; Shokufe Yadollahi, one of the Gonabadi Dervishes, was arrested in 2018 along with hundreds of Dervishes, including her three children; and Azita Rafizadeh, a professor at the Baha'i

University of Iran arrested with her husband for teaching Baha'i students who were unable to study at Iranian universities.

The mural unveiling will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Clarion Alley, a narrow street between 17th and 18th streets, and Mission and Valencia streets in San Francisco.

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