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.
DMO Resolution on the TechHire Initiative
Whereas, the American economic recovery is continuing under the leadership of President Obama; and
Whereas, despite the ongoing recovery, too many American workers continue to face the problems of underemployment below their skill, learning, and earning capacity; and
Whereas, many American businesses face the mirror-image problem of having available jobs which they are having difficulty filling with applicants meeting their technical qualifications, helping to produce an estimated 5 million open jobs in the economy today; and
Whereas, the President has proposed an innovative initiative to help match job-seekers, open high-quality jobs, and the needed training or credentialing to acquire those good jobs; and
Whereas, forward-thinking cities and towns are already playing a role in the needed actions to expand access to good tech jobs, and can play an even bigger role,
Therefore be it resolved that Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) hereby commends and supports the President’s TechHire Initiative; and further that
DMO commends those forward-looking Democrat-led cities like Louisville, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Memphis, Los Angeles, and others who are already taking action in this area; and further that
DMO encourages its members across the U.S. to study the TechHire concept and initiate similar local efforts to expand its success, such as the following:
--Working with local employers to build an information base of local tech skill and applicant needs, and commitments to enable non-traditional hiring of applicants with the existing skills or abilities who need final training or credentialing to qualify; and
--Working with local employers, educational institutions, and training organizations to expand rapid training programs for tech-oriented jobs, such as coding bootcamps and innovative online training, which allow interested students to gain the needed training in months, not years; and
--Building partnerships with local employers, educators, and community organizations to connect people to jobs with hiring “on ramp” programs and non-traditional efforts such as tech meet-ups and startup co-working spaces.
Paid Sick and Spousal Leave Resolution
Whereas Democratic Municipal Officials has established good jobs, including fair wages and working conditions, as one of its policy priorities;
Whereas the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act only partially addresses the needs of the modern American workforce and family;
Whereas Senator Gillibrand’s FAMILY Act provides a superior national model for sick leave and paid parental leave, including support for young, part time, and low wage workers;
Whereas workers who are forced to come to work when ill can spread disease and reduce productivity because they are not afforded sick leave, cannot take unpaid time off for available sick leave, or are employed in a work environment that indirectly retaliates against the use of paid time off;
Whereas the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee sick leave, and one of only two countries in the world that do not offer paid maternity leave;
Whereas studies show parental leave results in better postnatal care, early childhood development, long-term cognitive development, increased worker efficiency, and a reduction in depressive symptoms in new mothers;
Whereas women exit the workforce because they are forced to choose between caring for an infant and keeping their current jobs, creating a systemic disparity in lifetime earnings and career advancement between the sexes;
Whereas businesses have benefited from paid leave through improved worker retention, increased productivity and morale, and a greater ability to compete with international companies that already offer paid leave;
Therefore be it resolved that Democratic Municipal Officials supports paid sick and parental leave, distinct from other paid time off, including state and national legislation that improves upon current paid leave programs and standards.
Further that we encourage local officials to take action on paid sick and parental leave in their own cities, including in the following ways:
Speak with local businesses and chambers of commerce about their own needs, as well as the benefits of paid sick and spousal leave;
Institute a payroll-supported paid parental leave fund for city employees and for businesses who contract with the city using the legislation models provided by California, New Jersey, and the FAMILY Act;
Provide your state with research detailing the economic costs passed on to taxpayers by not implementing paid sick and parental leave;
For cities preempted by state laws that prevent sick and spousal leave, pass municipal resolutions, inform the public about the benefits they are being denied, and work with Democratic state legislators to repeal laws that block progress on paid leave.
Local Elections and Voting Rights Initiatives
Whereas: Democratic Municipal Officials are concerned about the impact of restrictive voting laws that have swept across the nation in many states over the last several years, thereby erecting barriers to access to the ballot for voters, particularly those in underrepresented communities, including voters of color, young voters, elderly voters, low-income voters, and voters with limited English proficiency;
Whereas: The enactment of restrictive voting laws, including voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, limits on same day registration, repeals of measures to pre-register 16- and 17-year-olds, and proof of citizenship requirements disproportionately impact voters of limited means;
Whereas: Statewide elected officials have the authority to implement voting laws on the state level, but depending on home rule provisions, local officials may have expansive authority to impact election administration on the local level;
Whereas: In those states in which local municipal officials do not have administrative authority over election management, they may still have authority to implement efforts designed to aid potential voters in confirming their eligibility, registering to vote, and accessing the polls;
Whereas: It is crucial to the democratic process to ensure the voices of all Americans are heard and all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot;
Whereas: This work will ultimately allow municipalities to achieve the highest level of civic participation from the electorate;
Resolved: Democratic Municipal Officials are committed to promoting broad access to the ballot while simultaneously protecting the integrity of the elections process;
Further resolved: DMO supports the implementation of local ordinances and other efforts to improve voter access and elections process in the areas of voter registration, poll worker recruitment and training, and voter education;
Further resolved: DMO encourages its members and their municipal governing bodies to adopt efforts such as offering voter registration information and assistance (and where applicable, assistance in obtaining needed identification) to eligible residents interacting with municipal services and offices (including utilities, tax offices, recreation centers, and information services);
Further resolved: DMO encourages members and their municipalities to offer paid time off for city employees to vote, and to provide community service as registrars, voter ride providers, and poll observers on a non-partisan basis;
Further resolved: DMO encourages cooperation with other community partners, including community centers, public schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, cultural centers, and other non-partisan civic organizations to promote broad outreach to voters to encourage their civic education, registration, and participation in the democratic elections process.
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.