house resolution no.339

Rep. Kuppa offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare September 21, 2022, as Michigan Peace Day and International Day of Peace in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Since 1981, the United Nations (UN) has designated September 21st as International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, to provide “a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace”; and

Whereas, The theme of International Day of Peace 2022 is “End Racism. Build Peace.”; and

Whereas, Michigan is a strong and diverse state that is home to people of all backgrounds and beliefs; and

Whereas, The UN General Assembly has declared this a day “devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire”; and

Whereas, The UN has also acknowledged that “achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally”; and

Whereas, In the United States, Michigan is bound by the promise made in the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides that “nor shall any State ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”; and

Whereas, Michigan’s own State Constitution affirms this sentiment, stating that “No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws; nor shall any person be denied the enjoyment of his civil or political rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of religion, race, color or national origin”; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare September 21, 2022, as Michigan Peace Day and International Day of Peace in the state of Michigan; and be it further

Resolved, That it is with great honor and appreciation that we take this time to join other states and nations in expressing our commitment to healing divisions, particularly racial divisions, and promoting peace in all aspects of life; and be it further

Resolved, That as we recognize the interconnectedness of humanity and global challenges, we also recognize our duty as Michiganders to internalize and strive for the ideals of peace, and instill a sense of pride in ourselves and our children for future generations.