HCR 11: Designating March 1995 as Sobriety Awareness Month, commonly referred to as "SAM."
00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 11 01 Designating March 1995 as Sobriety Awareness Month, commonly referred to as 02 "SAM." 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS public and private agencies have identified substance abuse as a path to 05 myriad social problems that have confronted Alaska communities and citizens for decades; and 06 WHEREAS the principal strategy in the past for solving these problems has been to 07 focus more on the problem than on the solution; and 08 WHEREAS this strategy, although well intentioned, focuses too much on the 09 substance and its abuses than on a solution that can 10 (1) result in socially appropriate behaviors and choices that improve the quality 11 of life and health of individuals, families, and communities; 12 (2) reduce the incidence of alcohol and drug related crimes; and 13 (3) reduce the burden on local, state, and federal governments that exhaust 14 their resources on the symptoms and problems of substance abuse; and
01 WHEREAS the Alaska Federation of Natives created the AFN Sobriety Movement 02 (AFNSM) to encourage and focus on sobriety as a solution because sobriety produces a 03 positive, healthy, and productive way of life, free from the devastating effects of alcohol and 04 drugs; and 05 WHEREAS sobriety is practiced by millions of people within the United States, as 06 well as abroad, and the Alaska Federation of Natives encourages and supports the grassroots 07 sobriety movement, which is already growing in the state; and 08 WHEREAS the sobriety movement consists of the collective efforts of public agencies, 09 private agencies, and private individuals to prevent and eradicate substance abuse; and 10 WHEREAS the AFNSM Council and the 55 AFNSM charter groups and honor 11 societies, which consist of various local, regional, statewide, and nationwide agencies, have 12 designated the month of March 1995 as Sobriety Awareness Month, commonly referred to as 13 "SAM," in recognition of the thousands of men, women, and children who have signed a 14 statement of sobriety that is being carried to Nome on the Iditarod Trail, and who are already 15 doing their part to reach sobriety and the solution to the substance abuse problem. 16 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature designates March 1995 as 17 Sobriety Awareness Month to endorse sobriety as a solution to the substance abuse problem 18 in the state and to pay tribute to the thousands of men, women, and children who are doing 19 their part through sobriety to improve the qualify of life and the health of themselves, their 20 families, and their communities; and be it 21 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully urges the 22 Governor to issue a proclamation for the month and to direct state agencies in the executive 23 branch to engage in suitable activities during Sobriety Awareness Month, and urges the 24 citizens of the state to engage in suitable activities during March 1995 to observe Sobriety 25 Awareness Month.