Resolutions

Resolution #1: Denounce the influence of Money in politics, and act in accordance with the California Democratic Party Platform – to CADEM (California Democratic Party)  

Round 1: On April 23, 2017, the Club unanimously voted to endorse the resolution “Denounce the influence of money in politics, and act in accordance with the California Democratic Party (CDP) platform”.  

  • 200 signatures from state delegates
  • Congressman Ro Khanna from the San Jose area
  • presented to the state party at CADEM 2017 state convention May 19-21, 2017
  • ruled “out of order!” Find out all the gory details here , from the pressure to withdraw it, the removal of Christine Pelosi’s name, etc.

Feel the Bern Resolution video: background to creating the resolution

Round 2: On August 20, 2017, the Club unanimously endorsed the revised resolution Denounce the influence of money in politics, and act in accordance with the California Democratic Party (CDP) platform” for submission to CADEM Executive Board, Aug 25-27, 2017

  • Co-sponsored by Congressman Ro Khanna
  • The Revision: in order to reflect the issues the Resolutions Committee expressed to the writers in May at the State Convention hearing, removing “dereliction of fiduciary duty”.
  • The Result: The Resolutions Committee voted to postpone the vote until the November convention, giving time to make further changes.
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(Watch video of the Round 2 hearing HERE!)

Round 3 – PASSED!: On October 23, the Club endorsed a third version of the Resolution to Denounce the influence of politics and act in accordance with the CADem Party platform  for submission to CADEM E-Board November 17-19, 2017. It was co-sponsored by over 60 state delegates and three other Democratic Clubs.   It was approved, but not before the resolutions committee a few changes.

 

Resolution #2: In support of  Divest LA,  Public Bank LA and Responsible Investing

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Summer 2017 Finance Committee, LA City Hall

Resolution #3:  LA County Dem. Party to adopt Public Bank 

  • Approved unanimously by the Club March 25, 2018
  • Revised and unanimously approved by LA County Dem. Party resolutions committee April 3, 2018; April 10, 2018 approved by LA County Dem. Party

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles City Council created a motion in July 2017 calling for a study on a Public Bank of Los Angeles that could redirect funds to affordable housing and other needs of the City; and

WHEREAS, socially responsible Public Banks have the ability to address the needs of the public they serve by returning profits back into the community, including affordable housing, renewable energy, local infrastructure and other public services;

THEREFORE, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports the creation of state-chartered public banks and call for such financial entities to responsibly serve the public and the interests of economic, racial and environmental justice.

Submitted to the LACDP by Feel the Bern Democratic Club with the support of Public Bank LA

LACDP resolution language

Resolution #4: Abolish ICE

Read the full resolution here, passed July 22, 2018

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that ICE, the immigration enforcement agency, must be abolished; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any reorganization of the U.S. immigration enforcement scope and functions must be done so in a manner that permits complete oversight and accountability and that reflects the highest regard for due process and the American values of family unity, human rights and dignity.

*Brought to the LA County Democratic Party Resolutions Committee; not accepted.

Resolution #5: Support Unity Reforms at the 2018 Chicago DNC Meeting

Whereas, the Unity Reform Commission was established at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the highest authority in the Democratic Party, which was unanimously approved by all in attendance at the 2016 Convention, in order to study and address concerns that arose regarding the presidential nominating process to review the nominating process to ensure that it is accessible, transparent, and inclusive;

Whereas, there are four specific areas of review that are set forth in the mandate, wherein the first area relates to the manner of voting during the presidential nominating process and making recommendations that will increase participation and inclusion in the primary process;

Whereas, the second area focuses on how to make the caucus process less burdensome and more inclusive, transparent, and accessible to participants;

Whereas, the third area of review relates to revising and reducing the role that unpledged delegates play in the process;

Whereas, the fourth area of review relates to party reforms with the specific focus on making our party and our candidates competitive in every region, broadening the Party’s base, and empowering Democrats at the grassroots level, as well as expanding the Party’s donor base;

Whereas, the Unity Reform Commission passed their recommendations to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has adopted the essence of those recommendations into official DNC documents with the goal of making the Democratic Party more democratic;

Therfore Be it Resolved,that Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles calls on our DNC members to use their vote to support the reforms supported by both the Unity Reform Commission and the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and to support a roll call of the vote.

Passed July 22, 2018, Feel the Bern Dem. Club, LA; copies and cover-letter sent to DNC members August 3, 2018

Resolution #6: Resolution in Support of Charter Amendment B 

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles City Council created a motion in July 2017 calling for a study on a Public Bank of Los Angeles that could redirect funds to affordable housing and other needs of the City; and

WHEREAS, socially responsible Public Banks have the ability to address the needs of the public they serve by returning profits back into the community, including affordable housing, renewable energy, local infrastructure and other public services; and

WHEREAS, Charter Amendment B will be on the November 2018 general election ballot for the city of Los Angeles; and would allow the City Charter to be amended to allow the City to establish a municipal financial institution or bank; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles supports the creation of state-chartered public banks, calls for such financial entities to responsibly serve the public and the interests of economic, racial and environmental justice, and endorses the passage of Charter Amendment B.

Passed, August 26, 2018, Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles; submitted to the LACDP Resolutions Committee on August 27, 2018

Resolution #7: Support for Senate Bill 100 

WHEREAS, human-caused climate change is a threat to human civilization including California, leading to drought, wildfires, sea level rise, and poor air quality; and 

WHEREAS, California already is meeting its previously mandated greenhouse gas reduction goals, has a renewable energy standard in place requiring the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from clean and renewable sources by 2030, and in the process of transitioning to a clean energy-powered economy is generating hundreds of thousands of jobs; and 

WHEREAS, if passed and signed into law, SB 100 (De Leon) will require California to get 100 percent of its electricity from clean and renewable sources by 2045, has already passed the state Senate, is endorsed by the California Democratic Party, and needs only to pass the Assembly floor; and 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles supports SB 100 and urges the California state assembly to vote YES on SB 100. 

Passed, August 26, 2018, Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles

Resolution #8: Oppose AB 84

WHEREAS Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles believes that big money is corroding our political system by drowning out the voices of the average person while giving special interests a megaphone from which to be heard by elected officials; and

WHEREAS the California Democratic Party has voted to formally oppose Assembly Bill 84, which would have a deleterious impact on the efforts of the Party to provide walk materials, hold trainings, and otherwise support grassroots activities, by enabling donors to bypass the accountability mechanisms the Party has worked hard to implement; and

WHEREAS the California Democratic Party gives the voices of all levels of our Party, from grassroots activists to elected officials, a large say in whom receives the party endorsement, an endorsement that would lose its relevance in a world where legislative leadership has access to big money to spend against endorsed candidates of the Party; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles opposes AB 84, and the creation of ‘Legislative Caucus Committees’ that enable California State Assembly and Senate Leadership to bypass the endorsements made by California Democratic Party delegates and that would allow these legislative leaders to raise money from sources proscribed by Party decisions to fund candidates and campaigns independently of the democratic process; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution shall be sent to the following legislators who are in a position to determine the fate of the bill:

  • State Senator Henry Stern, chair of the Senate Elections Committee
  • State Assemblyman Marc Berman, chair of the Assembly Elections Committee
  • State Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senate Pro Tempore
  • Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the California Assembly
  • Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, the author of Assembly Bill 84

Passed, August 26, 2018, Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles

 

Resolution #9 – Hold and Use Immigration and Customs Enforcement Accountable 

WHEREAS, notwithstanding that in response to the September 11, 2001 foreign terrorist attacks on the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed with the primary mission of protecting America from terrorist attacks and other threats to national security, today that mission has been obscured by its immigration enforcement agency’s (U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE)) focus on the apprehension, detention and deportation of immigrants, including children; and

 WHEREAS national and international organizations, such as the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), DHS Office of the Inspector General, and the United Nations Committee Against Torture, have investigated and reported unacceptable failures of due process, oversight and accountability and severe human rights violations committed by ICE, including through employing unaccountable private, for-profit prisons where immigrant detainees are exposed to inhumane conditions and violence, including sexual abuse; and

WHEREAS, without Congressional action to fix our broken U.S. immigration system, ICE has become a force terrorizing immigrants and their communities throughout the United States without regard to civil rights or human rights, as has been well documented by news media, including by employing such tactics as apprehending parents in route to their children’s schools or to hospitals for needed medical services, conducting workplace raids of predominantly immigrant-employee businesses, using false pretenses in coordination with other governmental agencies to apprehend immigrants seeking legal status, detaining children separated from families under inhumane conditions and subjecting them to life-destroying emotional and sexual abuse, among other civil rights and human rights violations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges our California Democratic Congressional representatives (to whom copies of this resolution shall be sent) to work to abolish or fundamentally reconstruct the immigration enforcement functions currently under ICE to prevent any future violations of civil rights and human rights, including the reassignment of appropriate immigration enforcement functions to agencies outside of ICE and DHS in order to ensure oversight, accountability and compliance with national and international laws and standards; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVEDthat the Los Angeles County Democratic Party insists that any reorganization of the scope and functions of U.S. immigration enforcement be done so in a manner that permits complete public oversight and accountability and that reflects the highest regard for due process and the American values of family unity, human rights and dignity.

Passed, Sep. 24, 2018, Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles, with the intention to take it to the LA County Democratic Party Resolutions Committee in October.

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