Prioritizing Gun Violence Prevention
WHEREAS, there is an epidemic of daily gun violence in the United States unparalleled in any other civilized nation, wherein an average of 33,880 people die from gun violence every year while another 81,114 people survive gun injuries, as evidenced by recent tragedies in the following communities: Ranch Tehama, Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Killeen, San Ysidro, Austin, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, Aurora, Columbine, Seal Beach, and Granada Hills; and
WHEREAS, the firearm homicide rate is twenty times higher in the United States than the combined rates of twenty-two countries that are our peers in wealth and population, American children die as a result of gun violence roughly eleven times more often than children in other high-income countries, millions of guns are sold every year in “no questions asked” transactions, and experts estimate that forty percent of guns now sold in the United States are done so without a Brady background check even though three million attempts to purchase firearms by felons, domestic abusers and fugitives have been blocked due to a background check since the Brady Law was initially passed; and
WHEREAS, a New York Times poll conducted in June 2016 found that large majorities of Americans support actions to strengthen gun laws including: banning sales to known or suspected terrorists (89% support), banning sales to those reported as dangerous by a mental health provider (87%), ensuring universal background checks (86%), licensing of owners (78%), registering guns nationally (70%), banning high capacity magazines (63%), and banning sales and ownership of semi-automatic guns (63%); and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Democrats for Neighborhood Action calls upon state and federal legislators to enact each of these reforms: ban the possession of semi-automatic and fully-automatic guns, ban possession of guns by those identified as dangerous to themselves or others, require background checks for all gun and ammunition sales, license gun owners, track all guns in a national registry linked to owners, ban high capacity magazines or accumulations of large arsenals, and require owners to carry insurance covering all damage caused by the guns they own regardless of who uses the guns; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution will be sent to the President, the Governor, and all state and federal legislators representing the constituent communities of Democrats for Neighborhood Action.
Standing Up Against Sexual Harassment
WHEREAS, Democrats for Neighborhood Action strongly supports the rights of all individuals to work in a safe and professional environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying and abuse including sexual harassment and sexual violence; and
WHEREAS, the #MeToo and #WeSaidEnough campaigns have shined a badly needed light on the pervasive sexual harassment which disproportionately impacts women, queer and trans individuals and communities of color every day across all industries and in politics, sparking a long overdue discussion about our party’s obligation to ensure that all women, regardless of whether they are activists, elected officials, party officers, staff or volunteers, are able to contribute their time, energy and activism free from harassment and intimidation; and
WHEREAS, treating every person equally, with dignity and respect, is a core value of our party, and that should be reflected in our operations and policies at every level, from our Democratic clubs and Central Committees to our candidates to our state party; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Democrats for Neighborhood Action stands in solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and encourages all Democrats to demand policies at the state and national level that eliminate sexual harassment, allow victims of harassment to confidentially report their harassment through a hotline, require transparency, accountability, and input from survivors and victims’ advocates in anti-harassment policy creation, procedural implementation and training, employ whistleblower protections, anti-retaliation provisions and mandatory sexual harassment training at the workplace, thorough harassment investigations conducted by professional and independent investigators, allow victims to sue their harassers, allow victims to have a day in court, end forced agreements which burden victims with silence and shame and prevent future employers from discovering harassment settlements; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Democrats for Neighborhood Action must actively and continually strive to ensure that our party is a place free from harassment and intimidation, where every person is able to contribute their activism towards building the progressive future our state and country deserve.