washington d.c.. — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) led his colleagues to introduce a resolution recognizing July as Muslim-American Heritage Month and celebrating the accomplishments of Muslims living in the United States. The resolution highlights the “incredible contributions” that American Muslims have made across multiple sectors of society – from medical professionals to entrepreneurs, religious leaders, athletes and public officials – to help build a better nation.
The resolution further notes the religious discrimination faced by Muslim Americans and stresses the “need for education, awareness, and public policies that are culturally competent when describing, discussing, or addressing the impacts of being an American Muslim in all aspects of United States society. states.”
“Muslim Americans have contributed to our nation since its inception,” said Senator Booker. “These contributions have enriched America’s cultural tapestry even as Muslims continue to face religious prejudice and discrimination. This resolution recognizes the incredible contributions made by Muslims living in the United States and also highlights the urgent need to work together to combat the anti-Muslim prejudice and hatred that has tragically become all too common.
“Our nation is stronger because of the diverse communities that call this country home, including Muslim Americans. Every day, and especially during this month, we should recognize the contributions and achievements of Muslim Americans,” said Senator Durbin. “But we cannot celebrate the American Muslim community without also recognizing the continued religious discrimination and threats it faces in this country. I hope today’s resolution serves as both a tribute to this community and a recommitment to stand with American Muslims in the work of building a more tolerant and equitable nation.
“California is blessed with a diverse community with roots all over the world. Our culture and economy attract people from all walks of life, which is why it’s no surprise that America’s Muslim community has played a role in helping California become one of the greatest economies in the world,” said Senator Feinstein. “I am proud to join Senator Booker on this resolution to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American Muslims to our country, while recognizing the need to end anti-Muslim hatred across the United States.”
“It is time that we honor the rich and invaluable contributions that Muslims have made to the history and spirit of our country by designating this month of July and each July as Muslim-American Heritage Month,” said Senator Markey. “By honoring their contributions, we can continue to challenge the prejudice and bigotry that far too many of our Muslim American neighbors, friends and loved ones have experienced in this country. We must not accept the discrimination Muslims face and continue to honor the value they bring to our nation.
“American Muslims have enriched communities in Virginia and across the country, and we are stronger because of them,” said Senator Kaine. “This resolution both celebrates their many contributions and recognizes the work that needs to be done to build a more tolerant and inclusive society.”
“This resolution celebrates the incredible achievements and contributions of the American Muslim community. Enriching our nation in countless ways, the Muslim American community in Connecticut and across the country embodies the ideals of faith, peace and love,” said Senator Blumenthal. “I am proud to join this resolution which not only recognizes their importance, but reaffirms our commitment to countering targeted acts of prejudice and hatred.”
“Muslim Americans are a vital part of communities in Minnesota and our country,” said Senator Klobuchar. “This resolution celebrates the contributions American Muslims have made to our nation and reaffirms our commitment to fight the prejudice and discrimination that Muslims too often face.”
The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA). The full text of the resolution is available here.