Laserfiche WebLink
i <br /> A Town of lexington, Jftoatbuattz <br /> A.� � <br /> ►xsnct SELECT BOARD OFFICE <br /> r <br /> PROCLAMATION x <br /> Whereas: Asian American and Pacific Islander(AAPI) Heritage Month is observed during the month of May to <br /> recognize the contributions and influence of AAPI persons as part of the whole history,culture,and <br /> achievements of the United States;and <br /> Whereas: AAPI Heritage in the United States was celebrated at least as early as 1978 and was made into a <br /> month-long event in 1992;and <br /> Whereas: Lexington is proud to be home to a large AAPI population that contributes greatly to the prosperity <br /> and enrichment of our community;and <br /> Whereas: during AAPI Heritage Month,we acknowledge AAPI persons have lived and worked in the United <br /> States for more than 200 years,and have made significant contributions to all facets of the United <br /> States such as economy,culture,education,politics,arts,law enforcement,military,literature,science, <br /> and technological developments despite institutional and systemic injustices designed <br /> to silence and cover up these achievements and contributions;and <br /> Whereas: during AAPI Heritage Month,we acknowledge the additional determination,hard work,and <br /> perseverance AAPI persons must put forth to be heard and seen and that these additional efforts are a <br /> result of inequitable institutional and systemic injustices; and <br /> Whereas: despite these contributions and leadership,the role of AAPI persons in the U.S.has been consistently <br /> overlooked and undervalued in education including areas such as math,science,literature,and <br /> American history;and <br /> Whereas: we celebrate the achievements and contributions of AAPI persons that enrich our history,society,and <br /> culture,we must also acknowledge a darker aspect of the AAPI experience in America,which includes <br /> painful stereotypes,structural discrimination,injustices,and periods of hate and violence.These <br /> actions come at the cost of the mental health of the AAPI community and distorts the larger <br /> community's ability to recognize the humanity in us all;and <br /> Whereas: the AAPI communities are among the fastest growing populations in Lexington; and <br /> Whereas: AAPI communities in Lexington have shared their rich culture and traditions while representing their <br /> communities through public service and advocacy; and <br /> Whereas: diversity represents one of our greatest strengths,and by recognizing the contributions and <br /> accomplishments of AAPI persons,our town will put our values of inclusion into practice to build a <br /> brighter future for all of our residents;and <br /> Whereas: Lexington is committed to providing comprehensive support to ensure that Lexington is equitable and <br /> welcoming to all people;and <br /> Whereas: each of us has a personal responsibility to prevent the spread of misinformation,stereotypes,condemn <br /> violent acts in any form,support all fellow community members,and reject stigma,hate,and bias in <br /> all its forms;and <br /> Whereas: Lexington is proud to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month,and commemorate the essential contributions, <br /> sacrifices,and accomplishments that the AAPI communities have made. <br />