Resolutions from the DMO Policy Council
DMO policy resolutions will usually support one of the organization's policy priorities. Current policy priorities are as follows: Educational Access and Opportunity, Income Inequality and Minimum Wage; Climate Change and Critical Infrastructure; and Preventing Pre-Emption. Policy resolutions may be initiated by the Board directly, by the Policy Leaders, by a member, or by an outside organization. Frequently the item in question will be referred to the Policy Leaders for review, and then may be recommend for a Board resolution or other action.
Resolutions may cause the DMO organization to do the following:
1. Endorse the effort as an organization. This could cause a variety of things such as signing on to a letter, such as sponsoring a meeting or a speaker, making a request of Congress or the President, sending out publicity from the organization leading the effort, and urging members to join as individuals or lead an effort for their city to join. This is the highest level of resolution.
2. Supporting the effort through publicizing with the membership, who can then choose to take action. Sometimes organizations are looking to do outreach with our members and do not request the DMO organization formally endorse their efforts. In these cases the DMO could support the effort with publicity within the organization, passing items on so that DMO members can do with it what they will.
Publicity and promotion opportunities, including dispersing materials at events, emailing notices to members, and posting on Facebook page or on website. If the effort is central to DMO priorities it's advisable to promote, as well as publicize.
We will distinguish when an organization approaching DMO is interested in engagement on an individual or citywide level.
3. Refer to staff or Policy Leaders. In this case referral can be to the staff or the Policy Leaders for more discussion or information.
Community Policing Resolution
Whereas: We Democratic Municipal Officials are deeply saddened by racial profiling in this country which has led to many black men being victims of intimidation, harassment and violence. Further that some of these innocent individuals including Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin have tragically and needlessly lost their lives, causing untold sadness and loss for their families, friends, and community;
Whereas: President Obama stated after the incident in Ferguson, Mo., “We are united in common values and that includes a belief in equality under the law, a basic respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protest; a reverence for the dignity of every single man, woman, and child among us and the need for accountability when it comes to our government”;
Whereas: As local elected officials we are challenged to rigorously advance policies that reflect the best of our American values: treating every individual as worthy of dignity and respect, according liberty and justice for all;
Whereas: We entrust out police and other local law enforcement officials with the authority and responsibility to protect and serve us and we appreciate that the overwhelming majority of police officers serve with honor and integrity;
Whereas: Across America racial profiling and stop and frisk policies alienate people in targeted communities--particularly our youth of color whose only substantive encounter with a law enforcement officer is too often to be pulled over for driving while brown or stopped and frisked for walking while black;
Whereas: We local elected officials are responsible to assure that our law enforcement officials are properly trained to safeguard the entire community;
Further: We recognize that to be effective in a community that the officers in the police force must reflect the diversity of that community;
Whereas: A national shift occurred post September 11, 2001changing the emphasis in policing from community work toward militarization, ostensibly to fight drug cartels and terrorists. And that this shift has usurped many common sense community policing practices;
Whereas: We fully support the tenets of community policing where peace officers engage in outreach to neighborhoods, visit elementary schools, youth groups and local business and lead in the building of coalitions to promote safety;
Resolved: We as the elected leaders of our local communities recommit our communities to promoting meaningful community policing, improving training, and engaging with law enforcement officials and all members of our cities and towns to accomplish this end;
Further resolved: That we as local elected officials will seek to assure that the police force reflects the diverse racial, ethnic, gender, and religious make-up of our communities;
Be it further resolved: In concert with the DNC, we members of the Democratic Municipal Officials organization call for a national examination of the state of policing across America so that practices such as militarized policing are minimized; that there be an immediate end to racial profiling and that officers be appropriately trained to profile criminal behaviors, not personal characteristics such as race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation or identity.
Whereas the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a received support from the MacArthur Foundation to undertake a project to improve and expand energy efficiency in multi-family housing;
Whereas multi-family housing is a critical area for efficiency especially in cities, reducing the burden on residents and avoiding carbon emissions;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Democratic Municipal Officials organization shall publicize this effort to its membership in the hopes that members may take advantage of this information for their cities.
My Brother's Keeper Resolution
Whereas in September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become a "My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Communities.";
Whereas this challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and especially elected officials who often sit at intersection of many of the vital forces needed to enact change;
Whereas the six goals of the challenge are
Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade
Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
Ensuring all youth our of school are employed
Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime;
Whereas this effort is consistent with DMO's priorities to Ensure Educational Access and Opportunity and Address Income Inequality’
Now therefore be it resolved that the DMO organization
1. Accept the President's challenge and endorse this effort.
2. Publicize to its members ways in which their communities can become involved and effective "MBK Communities" such as convening a "Local Action Summit," conducting a policy review, creating a plan of action, and forming recommendations for action.
Democrats for Public Education Resolution
Whereas Democrats for Public Education represents a diverse coalition of Democrats from all across the country who support public education;
Whereas Assuring Educational Access and Opportunity is one of the DMO's priority areas;
Whereas this effort has the support of elected Democratic officials, including Governors, Senators, and Representatives in Congress;
Whereas the effort is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, a group with which DMO has a collaborative relationship;
Whereas the Democrats for Public Education seeks to demonstrate broad-based support by Democrats in all levels of government around a core set of principles including:
Fulfilling our collective obligation to help all children succeed
Fighting for neighborhood public schools that are safe, welcoming places for teaching and learning
Ensuring that teachers and school staff are well-prepared, fully supported and have small class sizes as well as the time to collaborate to meet the individual needs of every child
Guaranteeing that all children have an engaging curriculum that includes art, music and physical education
Providing children access to wraparound services to meet their emotional, social and health needs
Working to provide school districts - particularly those serving the high concentration of student in need of extra services and support - with the resources required to provide all students with a world-class education
Making it clear that public education - for all children - is both an economic necessity and also a fundamental civil right;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Democratic Municipal Officials organization endorses this effort and encourages its members to become individual endorsers.
Further that DMO will publicize the Democrats for Public Education initiative within the DMO organization.