Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Congress Designates JAZZ as a National Treasure

Waaay back in the 1980s'-


Passed by the 100th Congress of the United States of America

Introduced by the Honorable John Conyers Jr. (D-MI)- a "Good friend" of equines and one of our staunchest anti-horse slaughter supporters in Congress. Why cant he propose something like this for Americas Equines that would help protect them all, domestic and wild, from slaughter?


Whereas, jazz has achieved preeminence throughout the world as an
indigenous American music and art form, bringing to this country
and the world a uniquely American musical synthesis and culture
through the African-American experience and 1. makes evident to
the world an outstanding artistic model of individual expression and
democratic cooperation within the creative process, thus fulfilling
the highest ideals and aspirations of our republic,
2. is a unifying force, bridging cultural, religious, ethnic and age
differences in our diverse society,
3. is a true music of the people, finding its inspiration in the cultures
and most personal experiences of the diverse peoples that constitute
our Nation,
4. has evolved into a multifaceted art form which continues to birth
and nurture new stylistic idioms and cultural fusions,
5. has had an historic, pervasive and continuing influence on other
genres of music both here and abroad, and
6. has become a true international language adopted by musicians
around the world as a music best able to express contemporary
realities from a personal perspective;
Whereas, this great American musical art form has not yet been
properly recognized nor accorded the institutional status
commensurate with its value and importance;
Whereas, it is important for the youth of America to recognize and
understand jazz as a significant part of their cultural and intellectual
Whereas, in as much as there exists no effective national
infrastructure to support and preserve jazz;
Whereas, documentation and archival support required by such a
great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the jazz field;
Whereas, it is now in the best interest of the national welfare and all
of our citizens to preserve and celebrate this unique art form;
Now, therefore be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the
Senate concurring), that it is the sense of the Congress that jazz is
hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure
to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to
make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.
Passed by the House of Representatives September 23, 1987 Passed
by the Senate December 4, 1987

--------------AND NOW, Rep. Conyers is proposing a new bill (HR 894 - that would honor the 50th anniversary of Miles Davisis' jazz-hit "Kind of Blue" and to REAFFIRM Jazz as A NATIONAL TREASURE;http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.894:
(Click on title above for the full text of that law)

I myself am "kind of blue" that Rep Conyers wouldnt think to do something like this for Americas Endangered Equines....

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