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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 firstname.lastname@example.org