The recent "uninformed" comments made by the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, have resulted in the month of August being proclaimed as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month." Introduced by the California State Assembly, Resolution 59, which clearly indicates affirmation of the lives of Muslim-Americans and their role in American society, and the significance of the month of August, was instated.
Despite most Muslims living as honorable members of American society, many have been subjected to discrimination in various forms, including assault and harassment since the 911 terror attack. During the year 2015, 174 cases of violence and vandalism against Muslims were reported across the United States. It has, therefore, become a priority to dedicate this month to the lives of fellow American Muslims who "promote peace and understanding between all faiths, identities, and nationalities" and are capable of upholding the values and principles which define Americans.
Member of the National Assembly, Bill Quirk, stated that he was proud to celebrate the first month of Muslim Appreciation and Awareness. During August Muslims will be honored for their social, cultural as well as their economic contributions which they have made to California.
[caption id="attachment_2205" align="alignleft" width="300"] The California National Assembly met to present and celebrate the resolution[/caption]
California has a large Muslim community, and it is essential, that they are acknowledged for their invaluable efforts and contributions made on a daily basis in the State of California over the years. They deserve to have the respect of their fellow citizens, and this needs to be emphasized throughout the month which lies ahead.
The California National Assembly held a meeting to present and celebrate the resolution which has been instated. Representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations were present and felt that the resolution is uplifting for their community and were honored by this historic moment for Muslims in California.