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WE Rock! 107 Proclamations and Resolutions in 26 States!

posted on: May 1, 2019

WE Rock! 105 Proclamations and Resolutions in 26 States!

History was made last night when over 300 people attended our National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) commemorative event in Washington DC with several members of Congress attending including; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democratic Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep.Yvette Clark, Rep. Judy Chu, Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, Rep. Debra Haaland, the Ambassador of the Arab League, Salah Sarhan, and the Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser. We’ll present to you pictures, a video, and have more details in our recap next week.

The Arab American community reached yet another milestone yesterday when Arab America, received its 107th proclamation, commemorating National Arab American Heritage Month. This new milestone is the result of Arab America’s grassroots effort during the month of April, with over eighty national advisory committee members from twenty-eight states gathering proclamations and citations.

“When we began this initiative two months ago, we thought 30 proclamations, resolutions, citations from a hand-full of states would be an accomplishment.” said Warren David, president of Arab America, “through the efforts of Arab America’s grass-roots committee, we have reached 107 from state legislatures, governors, counties, mayors, city councils, school districts, and public officials from 26 states including the District of Columbia and inclusion in the Congressional Record last week.”

One National Advisory Committee member, Maher Abdelqader of New York added: “This is not only a commemoration of Arab American Heritage Month, but it’s a movement that is growing to make a huge impact on our society in America.”

During the month of April, Arab America received proclamations from the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusets, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. If you don’t see your state, contact Dr. Amal David at info@arabamerica.com

Proclamations and Resolutions to Date:

 

U.S. Congressional Record

Statement

 

1. California

Anaheim, California

Anaheim School District, Anaheim, California

Proclamation

Fullerton, California

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Rashad Dabbaugh receives the proclamation Fullerton Mayor, Jesus Silver.

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Moorpark, California

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Amani Barakat receives a proclamation from Moorpark Mayor Janice Parvin

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

California Senate Resolution

Proclamation

Orange County, California

Proclamation

Rashad Dabbaugh with members of the Arab American community holding proclamation issued by Orange County, CA.

San Diego, California

Proclamation

Grossmont-Cuyamca Schools San Diego, California

Proclamation

2. Colorado

Colorado Governor

3. Connecticut

Letter from Senator Chris Murphy

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

4. District of Columbia

Washington, DC

Proclamation

DC Public Schools

Proclamation

5. Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Proclamation, presented by the City of Gainesville, Florida from Arab America on Vimeo.

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Young Arab American adults from the Gainesville area proudly display National Arab American Heritage Month proclamation issued by the city.

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Orlando, Florida

Proclamation

Port Charlotte, Florida

Samar Jarrar with Port Charlotte Proclamation proclaiming National Arab American Heritage Month

6. Georgia

Georgia, House of Representatives

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
From left, State Senator Zahra Karinshak, Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, Mike Sabbagh, Wally Yazbak, and State House Rep Becky Evans

Georgia Senate

Loganville, Georgia

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
From Left with Loganville proclamation proclaiming National Arab American Heritage Month, Wally Yazbak, Rita Sabbagh, and Rev. Fahd Abu-Akel

Snelleville, Georgia

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Snellville Mayor Barbara Bender holding proclamation, receiving it to her right, Wally Yazbak, to her left, Rev. Fahd Abu-Akel, absent from the picture, Mike Sabbagh.

7. Illinois

Illinois Arab American Heritage Month Act

Resolution

Metropolitan Water District, Chicago

Proclamation

Cook County, Illinois

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
From left: Hyatt Magazine Editor Tasneem Abuzir and publisher Mazen Barakat, columnist Ray Hanania, Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims, activist Sam Odeh, Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison and Our Lady of Lebanon Pastor Pierre El at the Cook County Board Meeting Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8. Indiana

Wayne, Indiana

Amar-Almasri receives a proclamation from the city of Wayne, Indiana.

9. Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Proclamation

The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa recognized April as National Arab American Arab Heritage. Here the Mayor and Council members with Joe and Bill Aossey and Newman AbuIssa.

Linn County, Iowa

Proclamation

Bill-Aossey at the Linn-County, Iowa, Supervisor’s Commission with the proclamation.

 

10. Maryland

Maryland Governor

Proclamation

Baltimore County, Maryland

Proclamation

Howard County, Maryland

Proclamation

Indian Head, Maryland

Proclamation

Montgomery County, Maryland

Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Proclamation

Prince George’s County, Maryland

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Jamileh Mogin (in red), Dr. Amal David (in blue), and Warren David (with the blue tie in rear) from Arab America accept the proclamation from Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Talbot County, Maryland

Proclamation

11. Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Pictured, Naim Raheb, Mayor Joseph Petty, Salah Asfoura. Not pictured, Wajdi Hamza.

12. Michigan

Michigan House

Birmingham Public Schools, Michigan

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
BPS Board Member, Lori Ajlouny holds the proclamation with members of the Arab American community.

Bloomfield Hills Schools, Michigan

Proclamation

Canton Township, Michigan

Proclamation

Dearborn, Michigan

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
City of Dearborn proclamation issued by Mayor O’Reilly at City Council meeting. (In the picture Council President Susan Debaja, Hana Mahmoud (representing Arab America), Mayor O’Reilly).

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Proclamation

Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Proclamation

Detroit Public Schools, Michigan

Proclamation

Livonia, Michigan

Proclamation

Farmington Hills Public Schools, Michigan

Proclamation

Warren Consolidated Schools, Michigan

Proclamation

13. Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Representing Arab America, Samir Jubran with a proclamation from the city council of Rochester, Minnesota.

14. Nevada

Washoe County, Nevada

Proclamation

 

 

15. New Jersey

Clifton, New Jersey

Proclamation

Maher Abdelqader receives a proclamation from Clifton, New Jersey Mayor James Anzaldi with Mony Lofti (second from right).

Passaic County, New Jersey

Proclamation

Proclamation ceremony for the city of Passaic County, New Jersey

Patterson, New Jersey

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Prospect Park, New Jersey

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Mony Lofti (representing Arab America) receives a proclamation from Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah.

16. New York

New York State Assembly

Proclamation

New York Senate (Majority Leader)

Proclamation

New York City Council Citation

New York City Council Citation

Brooklyn, New York

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Maher Abdelqader, second from right poses with the proclamation from the borough of Brooklyn, NY President Eric Adams commemorating National Arab American Heritage Month

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, New York

Proclamation

Lackawanna School District, New York

Proclamation

Queens, New York

Proclamation

Westchester County, New York

Proclamation

Yonkers, New York

Proclamation

 

17. New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proclamation

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Proclamation

18. North Carolina

Morristown, North Carolina

Proclamation

Raleigh, North Carolina

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Fatma Wasel (of Arab America) receives proclamation declaring National Arab American Heritage Month from the Clerk on behalf of Mayor Nancy McFarlane

Smithfield, North Carolina

Proclamation

Fatma Wasel with a proclamation from Smithfield, North Carolina

19. North Dakota

North Dakota Governor

Proclamation

 

20. Ohio

Ohio Governor

Proclamation

Cleveland, Ohio

Proclamation

Cleveland City Council, Ohio

Proclamation

Dayton, Ohio

Proclamation

Lucas County, Ohio

Proclamation

Linda Mansour receives the proclamation from Lucas County at Wishah Music event in Toledo, Ohio, celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month.

Parma, Ohio

Proclamation

21. Oregon

Oregon Governor

Proclamation

Portland, Oregon

Proclamation

Portland, Oregon mayor Ted Wheeler presents a proclamation to Hala Gores (to his right), Samar Fakih (right), Said Fakih and Said Fakih (left).

 

22. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Proclamation

23. Rhode Island

Rhode Island Senate

Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America) receives State Senate Resolution from Sen. Thomas Paolino ( of Syrian Heritage) and from Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio on Arab American contributions to our community in the State of Rhode Island, R.I. and Proclaiming April as National Arab American Heritage Month in the State of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island House of Representatives

Hon. Tom Lazieh is presented a State House of Representatives Resolution from Rep. Joseph Solomon ( of Lebanese Heritage) on Arab American contributions to our community in the State of Rhode Island, R.I. and Proclaiming April as National Arab American Heritage Month in the State of Rhode Island.

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Hon. Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America) spoke before the Central Falls City Council on Arab American contributions to the City of Central Falls, R.I. A proclamation was presented to Lazieh by Council President L. Maria Rivera, State Representative James McLaughlin and City Councilor Augusto Silva all declaring April as National Arab American Heritage Month in Central Falls, R.I.

Cumberland, Rhode Island

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Mayor Jeffrey J. Mutter declaring April as National Arab American Heritage Month in Cumberland, R.I. presented to Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America).

Cumberland, Rhode Island (City Council)

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Cumberland, R.I. Town Council presents a proclamation to Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America).

Cranston, Rhode Island

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Hon. Tom Lazieh receives from the City of Cranston, R.I. a Mayoral Proclamation from Mayor Allan Fung presented by his Director of Constituent Services Leanne C. Zarrella, J.D.

East Providence, Rhode Island

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America) proclamation from Mayoral Aide Marc Furtado of the City of East Providence, R.I. on behalf of Mayor Roberto L. DaSilva declaring April as National Arab American Heritage Month.

Johnston, Rhode Island

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Lincoln, Rhode Island

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Lincoln, R.I.Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond (middle), Town Council President Keith Macksoud (Syrian Heritage, left) and Town Councilor Pamela M. Azar (Syrian Heritage, right)with Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America), all declaring April as National Arab American Heritage Month.

Newport, Rhode Island

Proclamation

North Providence, Rhode Island

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Hon. Tom Lazieh receives a Mayoral Proclamation from the Town of North Providence from the Hon. Charles Lombardi and presented by the former Mayor Richard Foss

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Pawtucket, Rhode Island 

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Hon. Tom Lazieh (on behalf of Arab America) receives Mayoral Proclamation from Syrian-American City Council Member-At-Large, Hon. Albert J. Vitali, Jr. (Hajjar Family) on behalf of Mayor Donald Grebien.

Pawtucket, Rhode Island (City Council)

Resolution

Providence, Rhode Island

Proclamation

Hon. Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America) receives Mayoral Proclamation from Lebanese-American former City Council President and candidate for Mayor, Michael Solomon on behalf of Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Warwick, Rhode Island

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Hon. Tom Lazieh representing (Arab America) receives a Mayoral Proclamation from the Lebanese-American Mayor Joseph J. Solomon of the City of Warwick, R.I. declaring April as National Arab American Heritage Month

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Woonsocket RI Mayor, Lisa-Baldelli Hunt (of Syrian heritage from her maternal grandmother, “Koury”) presents the proclamation to Hon. Tom Lazieh (representing Arab America).

24. Texas

Houston, Texas

Proclamation

Houston Independent School District

Proclamation

Fort Bend County Commissioner, Texas

Proclamation

Fort Bend County Judge, Texas

Proclamation

25. Virginia

Virginia Governor

Proclamations

Alexandria, Virginia

Proclamation

Arlington County, Virginia

Proclamation

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
From left, Hazem Samahy (in blue shirt), Christian Dorsey, Arlington County Commissioner, and Chairman, Nizar Farasakh (holding proclamation), Lamia Elfar, and Fred Shwaery (all representing Arab America), receive the proclamation.

Fairfax County, Virginia

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019

Proclamations and Resolutions Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2019
Representing Arab America, Fred Shwaery (sixth from left) at the Fairfax County Board of Commissioners

26. Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor

Proclamation

 

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