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HR-48 (2019-2020)

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Revised  August 12, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution
No. 48


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

July 01, 2019


Relative to American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 48, as introduced, Quirk.

WHEREAS, Freedom of religion holds the distinction of being a cherished right and a fundamental value upon which the law and ethics of the United States are based; and
WHEREAS, Civil rights groups report that there continues to be an increase in the vandalism at mosques, intimidation, bullying, and hate speech targeted at American Muslims, including the March burning of a mosque in Escondido, California; and
WHEREAS, Enriched by the unparalleled diversity of its residents, the State of California takes great pride in supporting individual religious freedoms and is strengthened by the diverse religious, political, and cultural traditions of its residents, including Americans who practice Islam; and
WHEREAS, Approximately one million American Muslims currently reside in California, the highest number of any state in the United States; and
WHEREAS, The American Muslim community is recognized as having made innumerable contributions to the cultural, political, and economic fabric and well-being of California and the United States; and
WHEREAS, American Muslims have long served in the nation’s Armed Forces and fought in all major United States wars, from the American Revolutionary War to modern conflicts today, with some American Muslims making the ultimate sacrifice in combat; and
WHEREAS, The first all-women mosque was opened in Los Angeles, California in 2015, creating a safe space for American Muslim women to become empowered and create a network of resources to allow for shared growth and respect among different communities; and
WHEREAS, Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, California, is the first accredited Muslim undergraduate college in the United States; and
WHEREAS, The University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic is the first American Muslim founded community-based health organization in the United States; and
WHEREAS, The Council on American-Islamic Relations is America’s largest civil liberties group whose mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims, and in 2019, its national organization and California chapter celebrate their 25th anniversary; and
WHEREAS, California is home to several prominent Muslim figures who continue to make significant contributions to the State of California and the United States as business owners, legal professionals, doctors, engineers, teachers, farmers, and in many other great, notable capacities; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Shamim Ibrahim, a Muslim psychologist and counselor with the Los Angeles Unified School District, founded Niswa Association, Inc. in 1990, a nonprofit, community-based, social service organization based in Harbor City, California, that works toward the well-being of South Asian, Afghan, and Middle Eastern immigrant women; and
WHEREAS, The late Moustapha Akkad, producer of the famous Hollywood horror movie series “Halloween,” “The Message,” and “The Lion of the Desert,” was a Syrian American immigrant to California, and a student at both the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California; and
WHEREAS, Ahmed Zewail was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999 and was a professor of chemistry and physics at the California Institute of Technology; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Ayub Khan Ommaya invented the Ommaya reservoir that is used to provide chemotherapy directly to the tumor site for brain tumors and was also the leading expert in traumatic brain injuries; and
WHEREAS, Nagi Daifallah played an important role for the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the 1970s by serving as a translator and was killed during a nonviolent protest and is remembered by the UFW as a martyr; and
WHEREAS, Ibtihaj Muhammad, a saber fencer, became the first female American Muslim athlete to earn a medal at the Olympic Games in 2016 and was also the first fencer to wear a hijab; and
WHEREAS, Halim Dhanidina was the first American Muslim to be appointed as a judge in California with his appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2012, and in 2018, his appointment to the Second District Court of Appeal would make him the first American Muslim justice in the history of the California Courts of Appeal; and
WHEREAS, University of California, Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin was appointed as the first American Muslim student regent to the Board of Regents of the University of California in 2014; and
WHEREAS, Mahershala Ali, born in Oakland and raised in Hayward, California, became the first American Muslim actor to win an Academy Award for his performance in the film “Moonlight” in 2017; and
WHEREAS, Aziz Akbari became the youngest American Muslim to be elected into office in the United States when he won a seat on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Water District; and
WHEREAS, Mokhtar Alkhanshali is the founder of Port of Mokha and protagonist of Dave Egger’s book “The Monk of Mokha,” highlighting his journey as a social entrepreneur and his harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen, and is credited with the Yemeni coffee market’s reemergence and notoriety; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of American Muslims in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly joins communities throughout the State of California in recognizing the month of August 2019 as American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month; 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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