Fourth of July – Independence Day

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2021 is on Sunday, July 4, 2021; the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5, 2021.

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Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is this Saturday, June 19! To learn more about this holiday, view the video above. And as of the writing of this post Congress is on it’s way to making it an official federal holiday. Read more below…

From CNN.com

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.The legislation has gained momentum since the massive Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last year and the Democrats’ takeover of the White House and Congress.

The measure needs to pass the House and be signed by President Joe Biden to become law. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tweeted that the chamber would vote Wednesday.

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Click here to read about Juneteenth in Chinese (中文).

Click here to read about Juneteenth in Spanish (español).

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NYC Human Rights

What are human rights?

Human rights are rights we have simply because we exist as human beings – they are not granted by any state. These universal rights are inherent to us all, regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. They range from the most fundamental – the right to life – to those that make life worth living, such as the rights to food, education, work, health, and liberty. – from United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

Are your human rights protected in NYC? If not…

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Teacher Appreciation Day and Week

When Is Teacher Appreciation Week 2021?

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May each year. In 2021, it’s May 3-7.

When Is Teacher Appreciation Day?

Also called National Teacher Day, it falls on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week—May 4, 2021.

from PTO Today

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

from National Day Calendar

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Ramadan

At today’s sunset, a month celebration named Ramadan will start. During Ramadan, Muslims fast (not drink or eat) from dawn (sunrise) to dusk (sunset) every day for one month. Let’s find out what Ramadan is and why they fast.

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s major holidays. Ramadan always falls on the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. Ramadan 2021 begins at sunset on Monday, April 12, and ends on Wednesday, May 12.

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Stop the Hate Multilingual Resources

Here are a few resources in a variety of languages concerning anti-Asian crime and discrimination. Click on the images below to check them out!:

Haga clic aquí o en la imagen de abajo para leer un artículo en español de la BBC sobre la historia de la discriminación anti-asiática en los EE. UU .:

And here is a short history of xenophobia in the U.S. for intermediate to advanced English learners:

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Stop the Hate

Anti-Asian racism is not new, and we shouldn’t be silent about it anymore. Let’s get educated and speak out!

A gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas Tuesday night; six of the victims were women of Asian descent, sparking fears among advocacy groups that the killings may have been racially motivated.

Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked 150 percent since the pandemic began, according to a recent study.

Suspect charged with killing 8 in Atlanta-area shootings that targeted Asian-run spas

People of Asian descent have been living in the United States for more than 160 years, and have long been the target of bigotry.

from The long, ugly history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S. of the Washington Post

Click Here to read about the violence and racism that Asian immigrants and Asian Americans have faced since before the Civil War.

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