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File #: 65881    Version: 1 Name: Inaugural Civic Season
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/8/2021 In control: Clerk's Office
On agenda: 6/15/2021 Final action: 6/15/2021
Enactment date: 6/18/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00414
Title: Recognizing the inaugural Civic Season from June 19th to July 4th, 2021.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Arvina Martin, Keith Furman, Lindsay Lemmer, Brian Benford, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Patrick W. Heck, Regina M. Vidaver, Sheri Carter, Michael E. Verveer, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Grant Foster, Charles Myadze, Jael Currie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
6/15/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/8/20211 Clerk's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - REPORT OF OFFICER  Action details Meeting details Not available

Fiscal Note

No appropriation is required.



Recognizing the inaugural Civic Season from June 19th to July 4th, 2021.



WHEREAS, the 4th of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence which outlined the values of this nation: freedom, equality, justice, rights, and opportunity; and


WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed that they were free and that the Civil War had ended; and

WHEREAS, the celebration of Juneteenth reminds us that the freedom promised in the Declaration of Independence only benefitted a small group of Americans; and

WHEREAS, many transformative pieces of Civil Rights legislation were passed between June 19th and July 4th, including ratification of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution on July 1, 1971, which extended the right to vote to Americans aged 18 years and older, and passage of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and

WHEREAS, the fight for freedom, justice, equal rights, and equal opportunity for all Americans continues to this day; and

WHEREAS, including more diverse perspectives from the past and creating inclusive spaces for civic participation both now and in the future will create a strong, healthy, and sustainable democratic republic for all Americans,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the City of Madison will celebrate the inaugural Civic Season from June 19th to July 4th to widen the lens of understanding our collective past, and to inspire civic participation both now and in the future.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Civic Season from June 19th to July 4th of 2021 is just a beginning. It is up to all of us to continuously do the work of sustaining and strengthening our democracy, not just for one season, not just for one election cycle, but for a lifetime.