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File #: 23-0489    Version: 1 Name: 4/17/23 Proclamation of April 2023 as National Arab American Heritage Month
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 4/17/2023 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/17/2023 Final action: 4/17/2023
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Proclamation of April 2023 as National Arab American Heritage Month
Attachments: 1. 2023 Arab American Heritage Month.pdf
Proclamation of April 2023 as National Arab American Heritage Month
National Arab American Heritage Month April 2023

WHEREAS, for over a century, Arab Americans have been making valuable contributions to virtually every aspect of American society: in medicine, law, business, education, technology, government, military service, culture; and

WHEREAS, since migrating to America, men and women of Arab descent have shared their rich culture and traditions with neighbors and friends, while also setting fine examples of model citizens and public servants; and

WHEREAS, they brought with them to America their resilient family values, strong work ethic, dedication to education, and diversity in faith and creed that have added strength to our great democracy; and

WHEREAS, Arab Americans have also enriched our society by sharing in the entrepreneurial American spirit that makes our nation free and prosperous; and

WHEREAS, the history of Arab Americans in the US. remains neglected or defaced by misconceptions, bigotry, and anti-Arab hate in the forms of crimes and speech; and

WHEREAS, Arab American issues, such as civil rights abuses, harmful stereotyping, and bullying must be combated in the forms of education and awareness; and

WHEREAS, they join all Americans in the desire to see a peaceful and diverse society, where every individual is treated equally and feels safe; and

WHEREAS, the incredible contributions and heritage of Arab Americans have helped us build a better nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, announce that the Arab America Foundation celebrates the contributions Arab Americans have made to society, and do hereby declare April 2023 to be Arab American Heritage Month in the City of Ann Arbor. We encourage all community members to join us in this special observance.

I hereby set my hand and seal
This 1st day of April 2023
Christopher Taylor
Mayor ...

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