K00961 Summary:

SPONSORRules (Perry)
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K00961 Actions:

07/20/2020referred to calendar
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K00961 Committee Votes:

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K00961 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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K00961 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 961
BY: M. of A. Rules (Perry)
        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        June  2020, as Caribbean American Month in the State
        of New York
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  recognize  and
pay  just  tribute  to  the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and  in  keeping  with  its
time-honored traditions, it is the intent of this  Legislative  Body  to
applaud  and  commemorate months which foster ethnic pride and exemplify
the cultural diversity that represents and strengthens the spirit of the
people and the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, This  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo to proclaim June 2020, as Caribbean American
Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with  the  observance  of
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month; and
  WHEREAS,  Either  through  the  bondage  of slavery or emigrating in
search of a better life for themselves, their families, and their  loved
ones,  leaving  behind  the  world  they  knew  and  in  some cases, the
languages they spoke, immigrants from Caribbean countries have  come  to
the  United  States  for  centuries, including from Antigua and Barbuda,
Bahamas,  Barbados,   Bermuda,   British   Virgin   Islands,   Caribbean
Netherlands, also known as the Kingdom of the Netherlands which includes
Aruba,  Curacao,  and Saint Maarten, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic,
Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St.    Kitts  and  Nevis,  Saint  Lucia,  Saint
Vincent  and  the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Anguilla (UK), Cayman
Islands (UK), Guadeloupe (France), Martinique (France), Montserrat (UK),
Puerto Rico (US), Saint Barthelemy  (France),  Saint  Martins  (France),
Turks  and  Caicos  Islands  (UK),  United  States Virgin Islands (Saint
Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas) (US), and due to their strong  cultural
connection,  immigrants  from the mainland continents of North and South
America including Guyana, Belize, Honduras,  Suriname,  Costa  Rica  and
Panama, have joined the family of Caribbean countries; regardless of the
conditions  that  led to their arrival, their courage is meritorious and
the hope they had that their children and descendants would be  able  to
fulfill their greatest potential is admirable; and
  WHEREAS,   In   February   2005,   the   United   States   House  of
Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con.  Res.  71,  recognizing  the
significance  of  Caribbean  people and their descendants in the history
and culture of the United States; on February 14, 2006,  the  resolution
similarly  passed  the  Senate,  culminating  a two-year, bipartisan and
bicameral effort; and
  WHEREAS, Since the passage of the  resolution  in  2005,  the  White
House  has  issued an annual proclamation officially recognizing June as
Caribbean-American Heritage Month; this proclamation marks the  official
recognition  that since the 16th Century the destinies of the peoples of
the Caribbean and the American continent have been inextricably  linked;
  WHEREAS,  The  People of Caribbean ancestry who dedicated themselves
to fighting against racism, stereotypes, and overwhelming obstacles have
become  part  of  New  York  State's  lasting  heritage;  these  revered
individuals  include,  but  are not limited to: Arthur Alfonso Shomburg,
Curator of the New York Public Library's Division of  Negro  Literature,
History,  and  Prints,  and  dedicated  historian, writer and collector;
Malcolm X, a prominent figure in the black social movement of the 1960s;
Sidney Poitier, who altered the perception of race through  theatre  and
screen  as  an  actor,  producer and director; Colin Powell, a four-star
United States Army General who eventually  became  Secretary  of  State;
Alexander  Hamilton,  the  nation's  first  Secretary  of  the Treasury,
founder of the Bank of New York, Congressperson, and one  of  the  first
supporters   of   the   Constitution;  and  Jean  Michel  Basquiat,  who
revolutionized the world of painting  and  drawing  through  the  social
introduction  of  the urban black culture that marginally existed in the
1980s; and
  WHEREAS, Caribbean  Americans  enrich  our  national  character  and
strengthen  the fabric of our culture, and we are proud they are part of
the American family; and
  WHEREAS, Many esteemed figures of Caribbean ancestry have made their
home in New York State and made their mark in history as persons who are
the epitome in their field, and who have  succeeded;  these  individuals
include:  Shirley  A.  Chisholm, first African-American woman elected to
Congress who was also the co-founder of the  National  Organization  for
Women  (NOW)  and  a  genuine  activist, lecturer, and political mentor;
Marcus Moziah Garvey, who established, among other  things,  the  United
Negro  Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.); Susan Taylor, editor-in-chief
of  Essence  magazine;  Harry  Belafonte,  who  used  his  fame  as   an
entertainer  in  the  cause  for human rights; Hazel Scott, who achieved
acclaimed status for her classical and Jazz technique as a pianist,  and
who  became  the  first  black  woman  to  have her own television show;
Edwidge  Danticat,  who  invigorated  the   voices   of   Haitians   and
Haitian-Americans  who  experienced  poverty through her writing; Maryse
Conde, acclaimed international  author,  who  now  teaches  at  Columbia
University  in  New York in the French and Romance Philology Department;
and  Maurice  Ashley,  the  first  African-American  to  win  the  chess
Grandmaster title; and
  WHEREAS,  This  great  Empire  State  proudly  celebrates  Caribbean
customs every year with the  West  Indian-American  Day  Carnival;  this
auspicious  event  is a weekend of cultural activities, culminating with
the Labor Day Parade down Eastern Parkway in  Crown  Heights,  Brooklyn;
this  parade  attracts  between  one and three million participants, and
spectators along the parade route; and
  WHEREAS, The Labor Day Parade is New York City's largest parade, and
is a great contributor to the economy, as it generates over $300 million
in revenue to both State and local government and is  among  New  York's
biggest tourist attractions; and
  WHEREAS,  Caribbean Americans have made significant contributions to
both our Nation and the State of New York, prospering in every sector of
our society and enhancing our national character while  maintaining  the
multi-ethnic  and multi-cultural traditions of their homelands; they are
doctors and lawyers, public servants and scientists,  and  athletes  and
service  members;  their  successes  inspire  individuals  in the United
States  and  abroad,  and  we  take pride in the contributions Caribbean
Americans continue to make to the narrative of  our  Nation's  progress;
their achievements are born of hard work and ambition; and
  WHEREAS,  During Caribbean American Month, it is also important that
we acknowledge the indispensable relationship between the United  States
and  the  countries  of  the Caribbean as we build on that long-standing
friendship, improve the health and education in the region, and  promote
economic development, democratic governance, and citizen security; and
  WHEREAS,  Additionally,  as  Haiti  continues to recover from 2010's
devastating earthquake, we  remain  committed  to  standing  beside  the
people  of Haiti as they rebuild their proud nation, and to working with
others in the region to bring lasting prosperity and  stability  to  the
country; and
  WHEREAS,  Although  Hurricane Maria resulted in the death and injury
of thousands and an unconscionably amount of  devastation  affecting  an
untold  number  of people, what has shown brightly is the incredible and
resilient Caribbean Spirit which, after innumerable losses, has been  at
the forefront of the rebuilding efforts; and
  WHEREAS,  Caribbean  American  Month  is  a  time  to  celebrate the
aspirations and values that have been shared  with  Caribbean  Americans
for generations and represents a significant milestone for the Caribbean
American community in New York State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2020, as Caribbean
American Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.
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