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May declared Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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The Boulder County Commissioner encourages residents to learn about the culture and contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities

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BOULDER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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The Boulder County Commissioner declared May 2024 as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Boulder County and encouraged residents to learn more about the culture and contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities .

This year’s proclamation was written with contributions from Rita Liu, founder and president of the Asian-Pacific Association of Longmont, and Alice Liu, co-founder of the Asian-Pacific Association of Longmont. During the reading of the proclamation at Tuesday’s Business Meeting, commissioners congratulated Rita, one of eight people honored in May with an Asian American Heroes of Colorado Award. The awards, established in 2009, recognize Asian Americans in Colorado who selflessly help those around them.

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The Smithsonian Museum of American History website and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center website have many online exhibits available, including resources for K-12 classrooms. The Smithsonian website “Standing Together for AAPI Heritage Month” provides links to exhibits and resources from the Smithsonian museums focused on Asian American and Pacific Islander voices.

The History Colorado website features a collection of oral histories and articles, including an online exhibit about Camp Amache, where approximately 10,000 Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. You can read about Colorado Governor Ralph Carr (mentioned in the proclamation below) on the Denver Public Library website.

The Commissioners’ Office is a proud sponsor of the Nepali Jatra 2024, an annual celebration of Nepali culture, taking place on July 30 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Roosevelt Park, Longmont. It is free and open to the public.

A proclamation declaring May 2024 as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Boulder County

WHEREAS, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, including more than 60 ethnicities with widely diverse identities, cultures and histories, are an integral part of the American story and the story of our state and county; And

WHEREAS, the United States has drawn strength, labor, philanthropy, and insights from Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander scientists, scholars, soldiers, physicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, and officials at the highest levels of the federal, state, and the state. Local governments and our culture are enriched by the art, food, literature and creativity of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders; And

WHEREAS, the Boulder County Commissioners condemn all bias-based crimes and acts of discrimination and harassment against Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander individuals and communities; And

WHEREAS, we condemn the historic injustices committed against the communities of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, including, but not limited to, the 125,000 Japanese Americans who were displaced and incarcerated in internment camps, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first major law to restrict the immigration of a laboring ethnic group, the appalling conditions faced by Chinese workers building the Transcontinental Railroad, and the unjust treatment and racial segregation inflicted on native Hawaiians confronted; And

WHEREAS, we recognize the power of the individual and the community to prevent injustice through strong action, such as when Colorado Governor Ralph Carr, an advocate for cultural diversity, sacrificed his political career by refusing to allow Japanese-American Coloradans in to establish internment camps; And

WHEREAS, Boulder County supports the creation and adoption of fully inclusive, nondiscriminatory multicultural policies at the state and local level, and believes it is the moral responsibility of the county and its employees to end institutional discrimination when it manifests in policy , practices and behavior both internally and externally to the Boulder County organization.

NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, That the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners hereby proclaims May 2024 as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Boulder County and encourages residents to learn more about the culture and contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, and to commit to creating an environment free from prejudice, exclusion and harassment.

ADOPTED on April 30, 2024

Commissioner Claire Levy

Commissioner Marta Loachamin

Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann

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