December 8, 2018
DAY OF INCLUSION
The Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates is thrilled to present the 8th Annual "Day of Inclusion" celebration on Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the César Chávez Community Center in Riverside. The "Day of Inclusion" is celebrated in honor of all the people who migrated to California and the Inland region in particular. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
This year's theme, “Memories of Migration: Diverse Journeys” is an homage to the diverse peoples who moved toward hope to settle in this region -- to build better lives for their families. The organizers hope that the event will help create increased awareness, sensitivity, and ultimately better collective understanding of our rich multicultural and immigrant community. MCC Chairwoman Luz Negron states, "Now more than ever we need to help build bridges of communication and understanding among the diverse members of our multicultural community."
The premise is that as people become more inclusive, they develop better understanding of the rich contributions that immigrants bring to the social, cultural, and economic strength of our community.
Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will present a Proclamation proclaiming December 17, 2018 as the Day of Inclusion in the city of Riverside, and on behalf of the City Council, encourages all residents to support the inclusiveness in our community. The celebration will feature the popular JamaicaBob, who will present an interactive musical tour of the Caribbean. Other performers include student talent from Ramona High School's choral music program.
Special guests are the Hon. Mike Eng, and the distinguished Karthick Ramakrishnan who will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Ramakrishnan is founder and director of the Center for Social Innovation at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy where he is Associate Dean. He will discuss the “Importance of immigrants in the IE.” On exhibit will be fantastical and provocative artwork by contemporary artist, Anita Silvestri from her amazing "Layered Views" collection.
The event concludes with a reception in the foyer where MCC community partners and volunteers will present activity and information tables, and attendees may enjoy refreshments, music, and learn more about the sponsors and other organizations that support diversity and inclusivity in Riverside.
For more information, please contact Rose Y. Monge at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (951-660-9223), or Frances J. Vasquez at email@example.com, or (951-687-6190). Facebook:https://facebook.com/pages/Multicultural Council of the RMA.
About the Day of Inclusion
In 2009 then Assemblymember Mike Eng authored California State Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR 76) to designate December 17 as the “Day of Inclusion” in California. 75 years ago on this day in 1943, the US Congress passed the Magnuson Act which repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and marked a turning point regarding society’s harsh attitudes towards immigration and immigrants.
By repealing the Chinese Exclusion Act, the US expressed commitment to break down cultural barriers, appreciate differences, and enrich cultural diversity and further racial, religious and cultural acceptance.
MCC's event ties in with the City of Riverside’s Statement of Inclusivity. In an effort to recognize and celebrate diversity in the City of Riverside, the Mayor’s Multicultural Forum adopted the “Building a More Inclusive Riverside Community” statement in June of 2001. www.riversideca.gov/mayor/inclusive.asp.
The Day of Inclusion event is supported by generous sponsors, collaborative partners, and private donors who helped make the Day of Inclusion event possible. These include: City of Riverside, Riverside Human Relations Commission, Councilmember Andy Melendrez, Save Our Chinatown Committee, Japanese American Citizens League, Inlandia Institute, Riverside Art Museum, Holstein, Taylor, and Unitt, The Community Foundation, UCR ARTS BLOCK, UCR/CSI, UCR College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Riverside Community Health Foundation, Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, African American Historical Society, TruEvolution, among others.