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Record #: R2022-337   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 4/27/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 4/27/2022
Title: Recognition of American Arab Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and declaration of April as Arab American Heritage Month in Chicago
Sponsors: Sawyer, Roderick T.
Attachments: 1. R2022-337.pdf


adopted by The City Council

ofthe City of Chicago, Illinois





WHEREAS, National Arab American Heritage Month was first recognized in April 2021 by U.S. President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of State along with some members of Congress as well as 37 governors issuing supporting proclamations, including those of Illinois, Oregon, and Virginia, who signed permanent legislation designating April as National Arab American Heritage Month; and

WHEREAS there are almost a half-million Arab Americans living in the Chicago metropolitan area whose ancestors come from Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and each ofthe 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa who comprise the Arabic nations; and

WHEREAS the American Arab Chamber of Commerce has hosted a celebration of Arab American Heritage Month on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Aladdin Banquets at 882! W. 87th Street in Hickory Hills. This non-profit organization, founded in 1986 by Hassan Nijem and a group of like-minded Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim American businessmen, is charged with a mission committed to strengthening its members through various programs, events, and seminars; and

WHEREAS the Honorable Roderick Sawyer, Alderman of the 6th Ward, has informed this august body of this preeminent business organization, now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that we the mayor and members of the City of Chicago City Council, gathered this 27lh day of April, 2022 AD do hereby extend our heartfelt best wishes for continuing success of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and hereby declare the month of April to be Arab American Heritage Month throughout Chicago.


,    Alderman - 6th Ward

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitable copy ofthis resolution be prepared and presented to the American Arab Chamber of Commerce of Illinois.