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WHEREAS, the women’s marches in Washington, D.C. and across the nation on January 21, 2017 spurred a ripple of activism around the country and the world, energizing people to speak up and stand against hurtful, destructive, and hateful policies; and
WHEREAS, our country has a history of women speaking out for justice; from the early days of our country when Abigail Adams (the wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States) said, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation;” to more recent years, such as when civil rights activist Angela Davis said, "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept;” and
WHEREAS, International Women's Day, recognized annually on March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women; and
WHEREAS, International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality; and emphasizes unity, reflection, advocacy and action; and
WHEREAS, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “BE BOLD FOR CHANGE, specifically, to help forge a better working world, a more gender inclusive world; and
WHEREAS, The Town of Carrboro supports this call to action, these values, and this theme; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting that in conjunction with International Women’s Day, March 8th will be named Carrboro Women’s Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as “CARRBORO WOMEN’S DAY.” I urge all residents of Carrboro to consider how they might BE BOLD FOR CHANGE in the coming year.
This the 7th day of March 2017