March 14, 2017
Statement of support for the National League of Cities’ 2017 Federal Action Agenda:
Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) recognizes and supports the National League of Cities (NLC) as America’s largest non-partisan voice for our nation’s cities and towns. Many DMOs are among the active participants and leaders in the NLC, and take part in setting and advocating for the federal action agenda of the NLC.
March 12, 2017
Cities, towns, and counties represent the level of government closest to the people in a democracy. They serve as laboratories of public innovation, operating at the forefront of public policy-making that establishes minimum standards of protections and social progress for residents. They often deal with localized problems that require uniquely tailored solutions or an urgent community response. In order to serve the needs of the public in a democracy, local governments must have the authority to innovate, the power to address urgent problems and the license to act on a wide range of economic, health, safety and social issues on behalf of the citizens of their communities and should not be preempted or unreasonably interfered with by state governments.
March 12, 2017
DMO recognizes that America is a land of immigrants and an increasingly diverse nation which draws strength from that diversity.
America at our best and strongest has always been a welcoming nation which takes pride in serving and protecting all our citizens and residents regardless of race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity.
March 12, 2017
Voting rights are the fundamental building blocks of democracy. Without the protected right to vote freely and without threat of intimidation, there can be no democratic system. To be meaningful, election systems must also guarantee fair and convenient access to register and vote for all those eligible, without regard to economic status or disabilities.
May 12, 2016
NC DMO RESOLUTION CALLING FOR REPEAL OF HB2
WHEREAS, Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) supports the dignity and rights of all LGBT individuals to full participation in civic, community, and economic endeavors, and to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and civil rights; and
WHEREAS, DMO calls attention to, and supports, the national Democratic Party platform plank which reads, “[N]o one should face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status;” and
WHEREAS, DMO supports local governments’ authority to protect the dignity and civil rights of their citizens, and to forward their economic interests through the promotion of good jobs, wages, benefits, and working conditions; and therefore opposes state actions to pre-empt those local authorities; and
April 22, 2016
DMO Resolution on LGBT Rights
DMO supports the dignity and rights of all LGBT individuals to full participation in civic, community, and economic endeavors, and to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and civil rights.
DMO encourages cities and towns, municipal leaders in general and DMOs in particular
- To advocate for the dignity and civil rights of our LGBT citizens and residents;
- To support laws and educational efforts involving them fully in our communities and protecting them from discrimination; and
- To actively oppose state-level efforts to pre-empt local initiatives in this area.
DMO encourages its members and supporters to consider adopting concrete local efforts in this area such as those discussed in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index: http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/municipal-equality-index.
DMO calls attention to, and supports, the national Democratic Party platform plank which reads, “[N]o one should face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status.”
March 07, 2016
Resolution in Support of Timely Senate Action to Confirm the Appointment of a Nominee to the Vacant Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court
WHEREAS, Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of the United States clearly provides that the President shall nominate and appoint members of the Supreme Court with the Advice and Consent of the Senate; and
WHEREAS, the passing of the late Justice Antonin Scalia has left a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court; and
WHEREAS, the current majority party leadership of the Senate have publicly declared their intent to ignore their clear Constitutional duty by refusing to consider any nomination from the President to fill this seat; and
July 27, 2015
Resolution Supporting Strengthening Limits on Ozone and Smog Pollution
WHEREAS, smog air pollution represents a widespread threat to the health of Americans, especially in urban and other areas impacted by power plant emissions, worsening health problems including asthma, COPD, and other cardio-pulmonary conditions; and
WHEREAS, nearly 26 million Americans, including 7 million children overall and 16% of African-American children, suffer from asthma; and
WHEREAS, approximately 45% of the American population (over 140 million people) live in counties receiving a failing grade from American Lung Association reports on air quality; and
May 28, 2015
Resolution Supporting Rule Clarifying the Definition of 'Waters of the United States'
WHEREAS, small streams and wetlands are the most critical part of the natural filtration system for our clean water resources; and
WHEREAS, these small streams and wetlands are also among the most diverse and important wildlife and fisheries nurseries and habitats; and
WHEREAS, the Clean Water Act has for decades recognized the central role of these resources in protecting clean water, and sought to regulate activities destructive to those resources; and
May 07, 2015
Resolution Supporting the President's Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals
WHEREAS, the White House has announced a U.S. carbon emissions reduction target of 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025 as the primary American contribution to international efforts to counter the threat of climate change; and
WHEREAS, this represents an ambitious but achievable and economically realistic goal; and
WHEREAS, this announcement quantifies this Administration’s 2014 announcement of cooperation with China in bringing greenhouse gas emissions under control, and will help to leverage further commitments from other nations to cooperate in addressing this global crisis; and