June 19, 2024: Proclamation - Juneteenth

PROCLAMATION: Whereas, on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas—over two years after President Abraham Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free—Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the last enslaved Black Americans; and Whereas, free from the bondage which immorally deprived them of human dignity, their long overdue  emancipation was celebrated on June 19—“Juneteenth”—and this year marks the 159th year of                    Juneteenth, the oldest known... continue reading »"June 19, 2024: Proclamation - Juneteenth"

June 17, 2024: Proclamation - Octavia E. Butler Day

PROCLAMATION: Whereas, born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947, Octavia E. Butler became one of the most celebrated science fiction writers of her time; and Whereas, a proud Pasadenan, Octavia spent her formative years in this City, attending Pasadena City College and later transferring to California State University, Los Angeles where she honed her craft and  developed her unique voice; and Whereas, her groundbreaking works—including “Kindred”, “Parable of the Sower”, and the “Patternist” series—have earned her critical acclaim, literary... continue reading »"June 17, 2024: Proclamation - Octavia E. Butler Day"

June 10, 2024: Proclamation - Elder Abuse Awareness Day

PROCLAMATION: Whereas, Pasadena’s older adults are valued members of society and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity to enable them to continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of this community; and Whereas, the Pasadena Public Health Department and Pasadena Elderly and Dependent Adult Liaisons (PEDAL) Committee are concerned about the risk to our senior residents who suffer from neglect or are victims of financial, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse; and Whereas, abuse... continue reading »"June 10, 2024: Proclamation - Elder Abuse Awareness Day"

June 3, 2024: Proclamation - Gun Violence Awareness Day

PROCLAMATION: Whereas, gun violence touches every segment of our society and impacts people of all ages; it increases the probability of death in incidents of domestic violence; raises the likelihood of fatality by those who intend to injure others and among those who attempt suicide; it places children and young people at increased risk of physical harm and injury; and disproportionately affects communities of color; and Whereas, Gun Violence Awareness Day honors the many lives that have been cut short... continue reading »"June 3, 2024: Proclamation - Gun Violence Awareness Day"

June 1, 2024: Proclamation - Pride Month

PROCLAMATION: Whereas, Pride Month began in June, 1969 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City after LGBTQ+ persons and their allies rose up to fight against discriminatory laws—which have   since been declared unconstitutional; and Whereas, Pasadena denounces prejudice and unfair discrimination based on age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or  gender expression, and is a city in which all persons should feel valued, safe, welcomed, respected, and affirmed by their peers and... continue reading »"June 1, 2024: Proclamation - Pride Month"