REFERENCE TITLE: Chicano history week
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
Senators Mendez: Bowie, Bradley, Dalessandro, Miranda, Peshlakai, Quezada; Representatives Andrade, Blanc, Fernandez, Martinez, Salman
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
proclaiming February 2 through February 8, 2017 as Chicano History Week in Arizona.
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Whereas, February 2, 1848, the date the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, is commonly regarded as the birth date of Chicanos; and
Whereas, people of Mexican origin and descent have greatly contributed to the economy, development and growth of this state and the nation, serving the arts, business, media, industry, agriculture, education and society in myriad ways; and
Whereas, despite being promised the rights of citizenship by treaty, early Mexican-Americans were stripped of their land, homes and property; and
Whereas, early Mexican-Americans faced seemingly insurmountable hardships as their basic rights were denied, their language and culture were suppressed and their opportunities for employment, education and political representation were thwarted; and
Whereas, as with many national boundary changes resulting from war treaties, the historical documentation of early Mexican-Americans was destroyed and their constitutional rights were abrogated, leaving them stripped of their dignity, unique culture and recorded contributions to society; and
Whereas, the presumed superiority of the conquerors of the Mexican‑American people resulted in the promotion of a disparaging image of those of Mexican descent; and
Whereas, historian Rodolfo Alvarez has divided the development of the Mexican-American population into four categories: the pre‑1900 creation generation, the migrant generation, which is allied with Mexico by culture, language and loyalty, the Mexican‑American generation, consisting of individuals who regard themselves as American citizens of Mexican descent, and the Chicano generation of today, which is a combination of, but distinctly separate from, the previous three; and
Whereas, Chicanos recognize that they are the result of a unique confluence of histories, cultures, languages and traditions: the mezcla, which is La Raza; and
Whereas, during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and the 1970s, valiant Chicanos and Chicanas adamantly decried capricious attempts by the dominant Anglo culture to mold them into a monocultural, monolingual image; and
Whereas, in a complex and diversified cultural society, it is essential to understand, accept and appreciate all traditions and lifestyles in order to eliminate prejudice and the other effects of stereotyping that have plagued our nation for centuries; and
Whereas, the people of this state must recognize that the cultural and intellectual development of the proud Mexican-American people includes not only American accomplishments but also those of Spanish origin, which predated the first English settlement in the United States by over half a century.
Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring:
1. That the Members of the Legislature proclaim February 2 through February 8, 2017 as Chicano History Week in Arizona to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2, 1848.
2. That the Members of the Legislature extend accolades of tribute, high praise, appreciation and appropriate recognition to these North Americans and their descendants whose citizenship, under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, literally changed overnight from Mexican to American.