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April 9-15, 2023: Social Equity Week

WHEREAS, the life work carried out by Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar has elevated the lives of millions of marginalized people and women across all classes of society to live their lives with social, political, economic, and religious equity and an opportunity to lie with dignity and honor in modern India; and,

WHEREAS, the work of these social reformers is recognized for reviving democratic principles in modern India to embrace compassion and non-violence, leading to a society built on equality, liberty, justice, and fraternity; and,

WHEREAS, the week-long awareness activities are to honor all social reformers in India who worked towards the betterment of social changes and inculcating democratic values in the social strata of the Indian populous; and,

WHEREAS, this event allows the State of Michigan to participate and celebrate the liberation and emancipation of marginalized people in India and join people from this diaspora living and thriving in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Social Equity Week is an opportunity to remember and honor the legacy of dedication to equity, social justice, human rights, and dignity, which continues to inspire around the world;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 9 – 15, 2023, as Social Equity Week in Michigan.