University of Missouri

49-19: A Resolution to Establish “Freedom Week”

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 49-19

A Resolution to Establish “Freedom Week”

Purpose: To honor our veterans, ROTC students, students and faculty currently serving in the military, Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders, those still struggling to achieve personal freedom or freedom for others, and those who have sacrificed for freedom around the world by establishing both Freedom Week and World Freedom Day on the official school calendar of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

WHEREAS, several historic dates important to the spreading of freedom and democracy in America and around the world fall within the week of November 9-14th; AND

WHEREAS, November 9 is the anniversary of the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall,  the most recognizable symbol of the Cold War and the Soviet Union’s repression of millions.

WHEREAS, In 2001, President George W. Bush established November 9 as World Freedom Day to recognize freedom’s victory over tyranny with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

WHEREAS, November 11 is Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring veterans from all of America’s wars; AND

WHEREAS, According to the annual Freedom House report on worldwide freedom 62 countries are considered only partly free, and 42 countries are considered not free; AND

WHEREAS, these countries represent over 3,627,306,000 people who are considered to be less than free in the categories of civil liberties and political rights; AND

WHEREAS, this ongoing struggle for freedom should be recognized and student-organized responses promoted; AND

WHEREAS, the students of the University of Missouri should have an official opportunity to recognize the efforts to preserve freedom both past and present; AND

WHEREAS, the efforts to preserve said freedom are carried out in no small part by the men and women in law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency medical services—the unsung citizens soldiers on which we lean daily; AND

WHEREAS, the efforts to preserve said freedom are carried out in no small part by students and activists, both at Mizzou and around the world, who refuse to let the voices of those currently suppressed grow dormant; AND

WHEREAS, the efforts to preserve said freedom are carried out in no small part by those 3,627,306,000 people who are considered to be less than free and by those of them who still dare to dream—who still fight to hope; AND

WHEREAS, to them this bill and our actions are dedicated.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATIONSENATE that the week of November 9-14 be declared Freedom Week at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the day of November 9 be recognized as World Freedom Day, and that both be officially added to the University of Missouri Columbia’s calendar as such.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be appropriately prepared and delivered to all relevant individuals within the University Administration as this Senate’s official request for the aforementioned declaration.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brett Dinkins, Academic Affairs Committee

Josh Travis, Operations Committee Chairman