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Mayors Across the U.S.A.: Resolve to Protect Rights To Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

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Mayors Across the U.S.A.: Resolve to Protect Rights To Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness
  
  

 

Why this is important

We call on Mayors in every city and town across the United States of America to pass a resolution protecting all people’s inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, similar to that passed by the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco.


The Resolution we call on Mayors to adopt is:


WHEREAS, Every person has the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and no person should have to fear for their life because of their national origin, their liberty because of the color of their skin, gender or sexual orientation, and every person should have equal opportunity to pursue happiness and moreover that the purpose of government is to protect those inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, our city is a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city and country great, and who stand at over 42 million people in our nation. We build bridges, not walls; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That Black Lives Matter in our city. And guided by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will work towards reforming our police department and rebuilding trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith, and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in our city. And to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and our city will never stop; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is a real threat and concern. We will work towards clean renewable power, zero waste, ecosystem services protection and restoration, and everything else we can feasibly do to protect future generations; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will continue providing universal health care in our city, and if the federal administration does not continue providing universal health insurance, our city will be protected; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That our city is committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That our city will work for public transportations systems we can all rely upon, whether federal transit funding is available or not; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That our city will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for money; and, be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are one city. And we will move forward together.
Posted January 20, 2017
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