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H.J.Res. 103 (ih) Disapproving the extension of the waiver authority contained in section 402(c) of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to the People's Republic of China. [Introduced in House] ...
H. J. RES. 102
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 13, 2000
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Recognizing that the Birmingham Pledge has made a significant
contribution in fostering racial harmony and reconciliation in the
United States and around the world, and for other purposes.
Whereas Birmingham, Alabama, is an international symbol of the racial strife in
the United States in the 1950's and 1960's;
Whereas out of the crucible of Birmingham's role in the civil rights movement of
the 1950's and 1960's, a present-day grassroots movement, embodied in
the Birmingham Pledge, has arisen to continue the effort to eliminate
racial and ethnic divisions in the United States and around the world;
Whereas the Birmingham Pledge, authored by Birmingham attorney James E. Rotch,
sponsored by the Community Affairs Committee of Operation New
Birmingham, and promoted by a broad cross-section of the community,
increases racial harmony by helping individuals communicate in a
positive way concerning the Nation's diversity and by encouraging people
to make a commitment to racial harmony;
Whereas the Birmingham Pledge, signed by individuals as evidence of their
commitment to its message, reads as follows:
``I believe that every person has worth as an individual.
``I believe that every person is entitled to dignity and respect,
regardless of race or color.
``I believe that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is
harmful; if it is in my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as
``Therefore, from this day forward I will strive daily to eliminate
racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.
``I will discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity.
``I will treat all people with dignity and respect; and I will strive
to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because
of my effort.'';
Whereas more than 70,000 people have signed the Birmingham Pledge, including the
President, Members of the Congress, State Governors, State legislators,
mayors, county commissioners, city council members, and other people
around the world;
Whereas the Birmingham Pledge has achieved national and international
Whereas efforts to obtain signatories to the Birmingham Pledge are being
organized and conducted in communities around the world;
Whereas every Birmingham Pledge signed and returned to Birmingham is recorded at
the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute as a permanent testament to racial
reconciliation, peace, and harmony; and
Whereas the Birmingham Pledge, the motto for which is ``Sign It, Live It'', is a
powerful tool to facilitate dialogue on the Nation's diversity and the
need for people to take personal steps to achieve racial harmony and
tolerance in communities: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That--
(1) the Congress--
(A) recognizes that the pledge popularly known as
the Birmingham Pledge has made a significant
contribution in fostering racial harmony and
reconciliation in the United States and around the
(B) commends the people involved with the creation
of the Birmingham Pledge and signatories to the pledge
for the steps they are taking to make the Nation and
the world a better place for all people; and
(2) it is the sense of the Congress that a National
Birmingham Pledge Week should be established.
Passed the House of Representatives September 12, 2000.
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