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Record #: R2014-218   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/2/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 4/2/2014
Title: Declaration of April 4, 2014 as "Amnesty International Day of Human Rights" in Chicago
Sponsors: Burns, William D.
Attachments: 1. R2014-218.pdf
Amnesty International Resolution
WHEREAS, the city of Chicago has a long, proud history of grassroots movements to promote human rights; and
WHEREAS, African Americans won the right to vote in Chicago in 1870, and the Illinois Civil Rights Act was enacted in 1885; and
WHEREAS, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago in 1924 as the first gay rights organization in the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, the Congress of Racial Equality was founded in 1942 in Chicago and staged sit-ins and other protests against Chicago public venues that discriminated against communities of color; and
WHEREAS, local grassroots organizing led to the school boycotts of October 1963 and February 1964 in which 400,000 students missed school to protest school segregation; and
WHEREAS, April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 and reminds us of the important legacy of human rights leaders in this country; and
WHEREAS, Amnesty International USA will host its Annual General Meeting and Human Rights Conference on April 4-6 in Chicago; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Mayor and the members of the Chicago City Council, assembled this 2nd day of April, 2014, do hereby proclaim April 4, 2014 as Amnesty International Day of Human Rights, and we encourage all Chicagoans to welcome Amnesty members from around the country and join the celebration to promote human rights for all; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to Amnesty International.
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