Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsors (44): Bass, Bishop, Brown, Butterfield, Cicilline, Clarke, Cleaver, Clyburn, Cohen, Davis, Espaillat, Evans, Grijalva, Haaland, Hastings, Hayes, Holmes Norton, Horsford, Jackson-Lee,
E.B. Johnson, Kelly, Khanna, Lawrence, Lee, Levin, Lewis, Lofgren, McGovern, Meeks, Moore, Neguse, Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Payne, Pocan, Richmond, Rush, Scott, Serrano, Smith, Thompson, Veasey, Watson-Coleman, Wilson

Dear Colleague:

Please join me and cosponsor a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of the designation of January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2024, as the “International Decade for People of African Descent”.

The United Nations declared 2011 the International Year for People of African Descent, as to globally recognize, protect, and celebrate individuals of African descent. This was an encouraging declaration, but racism and xenophobia remain pervasive and persistent.
In the Americas, there are around 200 million people who identify as Afro-descendant, and they constitute some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in our world.

This resolution seeks to spotlight Afro-descendants, and expand their access to social, economic, and educational prosperity. Designating the “International Decade for People of African Descent” creates a path towards increased visibility, and encourages
a productive relationship between government and advocacy organizations with Afro-descendants to develop programs that promote inclusion, champion justice and equality, unravel racism, and uproot intolerance.

I hope you’ll join me, and cosponsor this important resolution.

If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this important resolution, please contact Chelsea Grey in my office at


Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.

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