house resolution no.206

Rep. Anthony offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare December 10-17, 2019, as International Human Rights Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, On December 10th, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as an affirmation of each person’s right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to work and education. Throughout the years, the definition of human rights has expanded to encompass the way we treat groups who have historically had their rights oppressed and are now legally protected from discrimination—including women, children, persons with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities; and

Whereas, World leaders for peace, like the United States, have a moral imperative to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including victims of human trafficking and forced marriage, and  refugees; and

Whereas, Education and workforce development programs are fundamental components for a stable economic future, especially for those who are struggling to find their footing and seeking a more promising future. This week is observed to urge a commitment to providing each person with the tools they need to pursue and complete a post-secondary education or skilled trade credential; and

Whereas, By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary degree, yet only 44% of Michiganders will have this credential. This goal is harder to obtain for vulnerable populations, especially those struggling with barriers posed by language differences, financial barriers, or the effects of trauma. Agencies such as the Michigan Office of New American Rights and Michigan Works! have continually demonstrated this ideal by offering resettlement and wraparound support services to prepare Michiganders to participate in the workforce; and

Whereas, Through adoption of this resolution, the members of this body pledge our commitment to equality, justice, and dignity beyond all differences in culture, religion, opportunity, or race; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare December 10-17, 2019, as International Human Rights Week in the state of Michigan.