Following similar declarations by the state legislature and other California cities, the American Canyon City Council has proclaimed August as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. The proclamation, adopted on July 31, represents the first time American Canyon has honored Muslims through an official decree, according to community leaders.
Napa Valley Register (h/t Marvin W) “I think this was a huge milestone for the Muslim community,” said Muslim Councilmember Mariam Aboudamous in an interview. “At a time when there is a lot of negativity at immigrants in general, and Muslims especially, it’s important to recognize immigrants because that’s what the county is made of.” FYI: American Canyon does no even have a mosque.
The California state Assembly adopted HR 59 two years ago declaring August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. Other municipalities followed with their own proclamations, including the city of Santa Clara last month. American Canyon is believed to be the only Napa County city to adopt such a proclamation.
When the State Assembly declared August as Muslim Appreciation month back in 2016, there was a backlash from people concerned that there wasn’t an appreciation month for other religions and that Muslims, in general, represent terrorism.
The bill was introduced by Bill Quirk, an Assembly member who said the bill will “promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves.” (Like the ones below?)