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Palestinian Cultural Day Proclamation
Date Tuesday July 24
Time 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location Details
Alameda County Board of Supervisors Chamber
Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorSharat G. Lin
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will issue a Proclamation for Palestinian Cultural Day. This is a first for Alameda County, but follows the lead of Santa Clara County which celebrated its Eleventh Annual Palestinian Cultural Day on May 15, 2012.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors Proclamation of Palestinian Cultural Day was originally scheduled for June 5, 2012, before it was abruptly pulled from the agenda after an extremist smear campaign.

Fortunately, three out of four Alameda County supervisors now acknowledge the need to recognize Palestinian residents of Alameda County and that Palestinian culture is an integral part of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Alameda County.

Please join Palestinian residents of Alameda County in recognizing their existence and cultural heritage!

The closest BART station is Lake Merritt. Walk 4 blocks northeast on Oak Street to the Alameda County Administration Building.

Please arrive early to ensure getting a seat.
Added to the calendar on Friday Jul 20th, 2012 1:57 AM

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Friday Jul 20th, 2012 7:59 PM
The resolution follows:

WHEREAS, Palestinians trace their roots back to the historic land of Palestine and profess many faiths; and

WHEREAS, Palestinian culture is presented through books, poetry, music, dance, oral history, folktales, proverbs, and handicrafts made with cross~stitch embroidery patterns that often display ethnic or regional identity and honor a rich cultural legacy from centuries past that are important symbols of Palestinian culture; and

WHEREAS, Palestinians have embraced for over 2,000 years core values such as love of family, commitment to education, hospitality, and reverence for land, community
empowerment, strong sense of justice and they now share these values with the residents of Alameda County; and

WHEREAS, Palestinian residents of Alameda County now number approximately 20,000 and continue to make major contributions to the County in the fields of arts and culture, community organizing, student activism, law and medicine, and are valued members of the community as small business owners; and

WHEREAS, Palestinians living in Almeda County will hold the first annual Palestinian Cultural Day that honors the local Palestinian community and its contributions to the County's civic life as well as the historical and cultural contributions of Palestinians throughout the world; and, now therefore be it

PROCLAIMED that this Board of Supervisors, County of Alameda, State of California does hereby proclaim ]uly 24, 2012 as "Palestinian Cultural day" and recognizes the contributions of the local Palestinian population to Alameda County residents and communities.

The original text (as follows) was altered to be more sensitive to other faiths

WHEREAS, Palestinians trace their roots back to the historic land of Palestine and primarily speak Arabic and profess either a Christian, Jewish or Muslim faith