1 Simran Kaur, representing the Sikh Coalition, “Sikh Community’s Celebration of Vaisakhi.” City Council Adoption of Resolution No. 2014-___, honoring the Sikh Community’s celebration of Vaisakhi.

Meeting Date: APRIL o1, 2014

Agenda Item #1. Simran Kaur, representing the Sikh Coalition, “Sikh Community’s Celebration of Vaisakhi.” City Council Adoption of Resolution No. 2014-___, honoring the Sikh Community’s celebration of Vaisakhi.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON HONORING THE SIKH COMMUNITY’S CELEBRATION OF VAISAKHI

WHEREAS, Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world and today, there are more than 23 million Sikhs worldwide and an estimated 250,000 Americans of Sikh origin, comprising nearly 40 percent of the nation’s estimated Sikh population, residing in California alone; and

WHEREAS, Sikhs have been living in the United States for more than 100 years, and during the early 20th century, thousands of Sikh Americans worked on farms, in lumber mills and mines, and on the Oregon, Pacific & Eastern Railroad; and

WHEREAS, Sikh Americans pursue diverse professions and walks of life, making rich contributions to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of the United States, including service as members of the United States Armed Forces and have made significant contributions to our great nation in agriculture, trucking, medicine and technology, and have distinguished themselves by fostering greater respect among all people through faith and service; and

WHEREAS, Vaisakhi is one of the most religiously significant days in Sikh history, commemorating the creation of the Khalsa, a fellowship of devout Sikhs by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699; and

WHEREAS, the Sikh community’s celebration of Vaisakhi is traditionally observed annually m April; and

WHEREAS, the Sikh religion is based on a belief in one God and the equality of all human beings; and

WHEREAS, the celebration of Vaisakhi includes performing Seva (selfless service), such as providing free meals to all visitors to Sikh Gurdwaras (Houses of Worship).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Livingston wishes the Sikh American community a joyous Vaisakhi.

Passed and adopted this 1st day of April, 2014, by the following vote: AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

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Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor of the City of Livingston

ATTEST:

I, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 1st day of April, 2014.

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Antonio Silva, City Clerk of the City of Livingston

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