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File #: 65465    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing May as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/10/2021 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 5/18/2021 Final action: 5/18/2021
Enactment date: 5/24/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00337
Title: Recognizing May as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month.
Sponsors: Syed Abbas, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Arvina Martin, Christian A. Albouras, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Sheri Carter, Nikki Conklin, Jael Currie, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Gary Halverson, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Charles Myadze, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
5/18/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Unanimously Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.24, & 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/10/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Recognizing May as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month.
WHEREAS, in 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843), and the contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869; and,

WHEREAS, in 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month; and,

WHEREAS, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the many generations of Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Americans who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success; and,

WHEREAS, since 2017, UW-Madison students have worked to establish the Asian-Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Center on the UW-Madison campus, which "exists to acknowledge the specific and particular realities within APIDA communities at UW-Madison, while also connecting communities to the larger Wisconsin Experience and fostering a sense of belonging"; and,

WHEREAS, April is designated as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and many other universities across the country; and,

WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the APIDA Student Center acknowledge the month of May as the National observance; however, campus celebrates during the month of April to provide programming while students, staff, and faculty are present on campus to attend and participate; and,

WHEREAS, this month is designated to learn more a...

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