Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, violence affects families in every walk of life and threatens our national security and the safety of children, youth, adults, seniors, and families; and,
WHEREAS, it is in our nation’s best interest to increase knowledge and training about conflict resolution, mental health, parenting skills, de-escalation, and non-violence, and to make resources available to youth and adults to contribute to changing the culture of violence in America; and,
WHEREAS, Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, and President Nelson Mandela demonstrated leadership in non-violence and called for peaceful resolutions to conflicts and disagreements to create fair and just societies; and,
WHEREAS, Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national civic, volunteer organization, is calling for a “2020 Week of Health Empowerment, Non-Violence and Opportunities” to focus on non-violence, conflict resolution, de-escalation, and solutions that can lead to violence prevention;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 10-18, 2020, as Week of Non-Violence in Michigan.