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File #: 0126X-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/10/2020 In control: Remy
On agenda: 9/14/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: To honor, recognize and celebrate Welcoming Week 2020 in Columbus, Ohio.
Sponsors: Emmanuel V. Remy, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Priscilla Tyson, Shannon G. Hardin


To honor, recognize and celebrate Welcoming Week 2020 in Columbus, Ohio.




WHEREAS, Welcoming Week 2020, which takes place September 12th through 20th, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country; and


WHEREAS, Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and a series of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants, refugees and new Americans, and the role our communities play in fostering a greater welcome. This year these events have been replaced with virtual opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and


WHEREAS, efforts that promote understanding and collaboration between all members of our community are crucial in encouraging and preserving the welcoming and inclusive environment of Columbus, Ohio; and


WHEREAS, at a time when political rhetoric has deepened divisions and the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed anti-immigrant sentiment, Welcoming Week reminds us to double down on our inclusive vision and find new ways to bring together people across lines of difference to develop greater understanding and mutual support; and


WHEREAS, during this week of recognition, the city of Columbus, Ohio reaffirms its belief that the United States of America is a country open to all who seek refuge and the pursuit of happiness; and


WHEREAS, fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, or place of origin, enhances the cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness, and overall prosperity for current and future generations in the city of Columbus; now, therefore


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:  That this Council does hereby honor, recognize and celebrate Welcoming Week from September 12-20, 2020.