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HR-17 (2019-2020)

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Revised  March 14, 2019


House Resolution
No. 17

Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bauer-Kahan, Berman, Bonta, Dahle, Gabriel, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Holden, Irwin, Kamlager-Dove, Medina, Quirk-Silva, Smith, Waldron, Weber, Aguiar-Curry, Bigelow, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Burke, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Daly, Diep, Eggman, Flora, Fong, Frazier, Friedman, Gallagher, Gloria, Gonzalez, Gray, Grayson, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kiley, Lackey, Levine, Low, Maienschein, Mayes, Melendez, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Patterson, Petrie-Norris, Quirk, Ramos, Rendon, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone, Ting, Voepel, Wicks, and Wood)

March 04, 2019

Relative to Interfaith Awareness Week.


HR 17, as introduced, Reyes.

WHEREAS, The State of California is one of the most religiously diverse states in the nation; and
WHEREAS, California remains a prime example of the power and benefits of supporting diversity and the multitude of perspectives that come from it; and
WHEREAS, There are hundreds of interfaith associations and coalitions across California whose mission is to actively support and respect individuals from all faiths, cultures, creeds, and races in order to learn; and
WHEREAS, Supporting interfaith activity can bolster civil service amongst localities in California; and
WHEREAS, A culture of dialogue and interfaith cooperation enriches communities across California and beyond; and
WHEREAS, California will uphold the belief of equal religious and spiritual opportunity and will defend human rights that belong to all citizens; and
WHEREAS, Interfaith dialogues and events help support other service oriented organizations centered in community development and social justice; and
WHEREAS, There are multiple cities and counties within California that celebrate Interfaith Awareness Week; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations, after recognizing the significance of interfaith dialogue compared to general dialogues relating to race and politics, established a World Interfaith Awareness Harmony Week; and
WHEREAS, Reports collected by the American Civil Liberties Union, local police departments, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and other organizations focused on civil liberties all indicate a rise in hate crimes towards religious minorities across the United States; and
WHEREAS, Religious centers across the United States have been defaced in acts of religious intolerance; and
WHEREAS, The need to support all religious groups and to encourage a culture of support amongst religious groups is more important than ever; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly observes Interfaith Awareness Week during the second week of March each year; and be it further
Resolved, That Interfaith Awareness Week celebrates the rich culture, community benefit, and spirit of interfaith dialogue and interfaith associations, and also celebrates individuals from all faiths who have supported and enhanced their communities across the state; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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