The Commonwealth of Massachusetts [.] By His Excellency Francis W. Sargent Governor A proclamation 1971:
Whereas, The people of America have long striven to bring about human dignity and equality for all men by actively seeking an end to discrimination; and whereas, the (IRAC) Irish Republican Aid Committee and other freedom movements have provided a vital progressive force with the promise of furthering the cause of social justice in Ireland; and whereas, we in Massachusetts together with our fellow Americans are concerned with the plight of Irish men and women presently denied basic civil rights and support efforts to end their humiliation and oppression; now, therefore, I, Francis W. Sargeant, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in accordance with Chapter 710 of the Acts of 1971, do hereby proclaim Social Justice For Ireland Day October 2, 1971 and urge the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this day by participating fittingly in its observance. Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and seventy-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-sixth.
By His Excellency the Governor, Francis W. Sargent. John F.X. Davoren, Secretary of the Commonwealth. God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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Francis Williams Sargent (1915-1998) was an American [Republican Party] politician who served as the 64th Governor of Massachusetts from 1969 to 1975. John Francis Xavier [better known as "Jack" Davoren], (1915-1997) was a U.S. [Democratic Party] politician who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1955 to 1967 and Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth from 1967–1974; he served as the House Majority Leader from 1962 to 1964 and Speaker from 1964 to 1967. He left the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1967 following his election as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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[Boston : Commonwealth of Massachusettts, 10 September 1971.
This item is held in the Department of Ephemera.
Physical description: 1 sheet ; 35.5 x 22.8 cm..
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