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Mayoral Proclamations

Most Recent City Proclamations

– Proclamation of World Refugee Day (June 20) (PDF)

WHEREAS, World Refugee Day is an annual commemoration adopted by the United Nations

in 2000 to honor and raise awareness of refugees; and

WHEREAS, the City of Takoma Park is a welcoming city that celebrates the growing diversity of its residents and acknowledges that refugees, immigrants, and all newcomers enhance the culture and the economy; and

WHEREAS, as of the end of 2022, more than 108 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide, more than at any time in recorded history, including 35 million refugees and 5.4 million people seeking asylum; and

WHEREAS, refugees are people who have fled their country because they have a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group; and

WHEREAS, seeking asylum is a protected right under domestic and international law; and

WHEREAS, resettlement provides safe haven when refugees cannot return home and rebuild their lives in the country they fled due to lack of access to safety, shelter, health care, education, or protection; and

WHEREAS, the City of Takoma Park is home to a diverse population of refugees and immigrants, adding to the economic strength and cultural richness of our community; and

WHEREAS, residents of Takoma Park aspire to live up to our highest societal values of acceptance and equity and treat newcomers with decency and respect, creating a vibrant community for all to live in.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Talisha Searcy, Mayor of the City of Takoma Park, recognize June 20, 2023, as World Refugee Day in Takoma Park.

Dated this 21st day of June  2023.

Talisha Searcy

2023 City Proclamations


– Proclamation of Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2023) )PDF)
– Proclamation of World Refugee Day (June 20) (PDF)


Proclamation:  Recognizing the First Friday in June as Gun Violence Awareness Day – Wear Orange Weekend


Proclamation of Women’s History Month (PDF)


Black History Month (PDF)


Proclamation Recognizing the Closure of Mark’s Kitchen (PDF)
Proclamation Recognizing the Closure of Kinetic Artistry (PDF)
Proclamation Recognizing the Closure of Takoma Framers (PDF)

Mayoral Proclamations - 2022

DateMayoral Proclamations
2022-10-12Indigenous Peoples’ Day
2022-10-12Walk & Roll to School Day - October 12, 2022
2022-09-28National Hispanic Heritage Month
2022-09-21Car Free Day
2022-09-14Welcoming Week 2022
2022-09-14Emergency Preparedness Month
2022-09-14Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Takoma Post #350 Veterans of Foreign Wars
2022-07-20Park & Recreation Month
2022-07-0125th Anniversary of Takoma Park Unification
2022-06-15World Refugee Day 2022
2022-06-15Juneteenth 2022
2022-06-01National Gun Violence Awareness Day
2022-06-01Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
2022-05-25Foster Parent Recognition Month
2022-05-18Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
2022-05-11Bike to Work Day
2022-05-11Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Awareness Day
2022-04-06Arbor Day
2022-04-06National Public Health Week
2022-03-16Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
2022-03-09Recognition of Two Years Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic
2022-03-02Women's History Month
2022-02-23Invasive Species Awareness Week
2022-02-02Black History Month

Mayoral Proclamations - 2021

DateMayoral Proclamations
2021-11-03Recognizing the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Volunteers for Their Work Removing Invasive Vines and Protecting Trees in the City
2021-10-06Indigenous Peoples' Day
2021-09-29Energy Efficiency Day 2021
2021-09-08National Preparedness Month - September 2021
2021-09-08Car Free Day - Wednesday, September 22, 2021
2021-07-28Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - July 2021
2021-06-17LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2021
2021-06-16Juneteenth 2021
2021-06-16World Refugee Day 2021
2021-06-02National Gun Violence Awareness Day
2021-06-02Immigrant Heritage Month - June 2021
2021-06-05Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week - June 5-13, 2021
2021-05-19Achievements of the District 20 Delegation in the 2021 Legislative Session
2021-05-192021 Foster Care Recognition Month
2021-05-19Bike to Work Day - Friday, May 21, 2021
2021-05-12Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
2021-05-05Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Awareness Day
2021-04-07Supporting Arbor Day 2021 in Takoma Park
2021-03-17Proclaiming March 20, 2021 "MeatOut Day" in Takoma Park
2021-02-10Centennial of Takoma Park Troop 33
2021-01-27Recognizing the Shepherds of Zion Ministries International Church for their Service and Support to the Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2021-01-27Recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day
2021-01-13Entry into Force of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Table: Takoma Park City Mayoral Proclamations for calendar year 2021. Table maintained by the City Clerk's office. (clerk@takomaparkmd.gov)

Mayoral Proclamations - 2020

DateMayoral Proclamations
2020-11-18Crossroads Farmers Market and Market Ambassadors
2020-11-18Small Business Saturday
2020-11-18Municipal Government Works Month
2020-11-18Mayor Pro Tem
2020-10-21Proclamation Recognizing Young People Holding Bake Sales for
The Movement for Black Lives Organization
2020-10-14Proclamation Recognizing the Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority for Its Support to the Crossroads Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-10-14Proclamation Recognizing National Arts and Humanities Month
2020-10-14Recognizing the Old Takoma Business Association for Its Support to the Takoma Business District During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-10-07Proclamation Recognizing the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op for Its Service and Support to the Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-10-07International Pronouns Day
2020-10-07Indigenous Peoples Day
2020-10-07Energy Efficiency Day
2020-09-23Proclamation Recognizing Area Parent Teacher Associations for Community Assistance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-09-23Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15, 2020
Table: Takoma Park City Mayoral Proclamations for calendar year 2020. Table maintained by the City Clerk's office. (clerk@takomaparkmd.gov)

Mayoral Proclamations - 2019

DateMayoral Proclamations
2019-03-20Arbor Day
2019-03-20Love Your Local Day
2019-03-20MeatOut Day
2019-05-08Public Service Week
2019-05-01Bike to Work Week
2019-05-08Public Service Week
2019-06-05Chesapeake Bay Week
2019-06-05Gun Violence Awareness Day
2019-06-05Immigrant Heritage Month
2019-09-11National Preparedness Month
2018-09-11Car Free Day
2019-10-02Energy Efficiency Day
2019-11-06Small Business Saturday
2019-11-18Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department
Table: Takoma Park City Mayoral Proclamations for calendar year 2019. Table maintained by the City Clerk's office. (clerk@takomaparkmd.gov)

Mayoral Proclamations - 2018

DateMayoral Proclamations
2018-02-21Rare Disease Day
2018-09-05National Preparedness Month
2018-10-03Indigenous People's Day
2018-10-17International Pronouns Day
2018-11-14Small Business Saturday
2018-12-05Dance Exchange
Table: Takoma Park City Mayoral Proclamations for calendar year 2018. Table maintained by the City Clerk's office. (clerk@takomaparkmd.gov)

Mayoral Proclamations - 2017

DateMayoral Proclamations
2017-11-15Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore
2017-11-15Proclaiming November as Municipal Government Works Month
2017-11-01Small Business Saturday - November 25, 2017
2017-09-13National Preparedness Month
2017-05-24National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Takoma Park - June 2, 2017


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