May is Bike Month
May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
More about Asian Pacific Islander Heritage
May is Lupus Awareness Month
HR 21, as introduced, Burke.
The State Assembly, in HR 21 as introduced by Assemblymember Autumn Burke, designated the month of May 2015 as Lupus Awareness Month. Systematic lupus erythematosus, commonly know as lupus, is a chronic, complex, and often life-threatening autoimmune disease. Researchers estimate that five million people have been diagnosed with lupus or related diseases throughout the world, and approximately 100,000 more are diagnosed every year. Lupus strikes women primarily when they are 15 to 44 years of age, inclusive, and it affects all aspects of their lives; and disproportionately affects women of color.
Read House Resolution 21
May is National Military Appreciation Month
May is recognized as National Military Appreciation Month.
The Legislature, in SCR 47, as introduced by Senator Jean Fuller honors those men and women who have served and are serving in our nation's military, and recognizes the month of May 2015 as National Military Appreciation Month.
Read Senate Concurrent Resolution 47
May 1, 2015: 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. State Capitol Old Rose Garden, 14th and L Streets
May is Bike Month Kick-Off Event. May is Bike Month encourages people to ride their bicycles for errands, recreation, and trips to work and school. Along with many health benefits, cycling eases traffic and parking congestion, and contributes to making Sacramento a better place to live and visit.
May 1, 2015: Space Day
Space Day takes place on May 01, 2015. Space Day is an educational event held on the first Friday in May. It's goal is "to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today's space explorers". Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997.
Space or outer space describes the vast empty regions between planets and stars. It is often said that space exploration began with the launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth. Then, in an almost unbelievable feat of human achievement, in 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin travelled to the Moon and set foot on the surface during the Apollo 11 mission.
May 4, 2015: Senate Select Hearing – Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity
Senate Committee hearing on developing a State strategy to end poverty and deep poverty among women and children.
May 6, 2015: Calaveras County Fair Capitol Frog Jump East Lawn near trout pond
May 8, 1914: President Woodrow Wilson signs a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
May 10, 2015 is Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day has endured. It serves now, as it originally did, to recognize the contributions of women. Mother’s Day, like the job of “mothering”, is varied and diverse. Perhaps that’s only appropriate for a day honoring the multiple ways women find to nurture their families, and the ways in which so many have nurtured their communities, their countries, and the larger world.
History of Mother's Day
May 10 - 16, 2015: The week of May 11 – 17, 2015 has been designated “National Women’s Health Week”. It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women’s Health Week, we want to help you take control of your health.
Take the first step! Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration and learn what you can do to lead a healthier life at any age.
National Women's Health Website
May 11, 2015: The 13th annual National Women’s Checkup Day. It’s a day when women are encouraged to schedule their annual well-woman visit.
More about National Women's Checkup Day
May 11 - 17, 2015: The week of May 11 – 17, 2015 has been designated “National Police Week”, a time to honor officers who have fallen in the line-of-duty and in recognition of the sacrifice of those loved and left behind.
May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day
ACR 30, as introduced by Assembly Members Jacqui Irwin and Adrin Nazarian recognizes May 16, 2015 as Armed Forces Day.
This measure would honor and recognize the service and sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces and their families on the occasion of Armed Forces Day
Read Assembly Concurrent Resolution 30
May 20, 2015: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Commission Business Meeting
May 20, 2015: 5:30 p.m. Contra Costa Commission for Women – Women in Power Panel Discussion
For more information and registration
May 25, 2015: Memorial Day Holiday, State offices closed
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