These resolutions have been submitted by Christine Pelosi for consideration by the Democratic National Committee at the February 2017 DNC Meeting in Atlanta, GA
RESOLUTION TO ORGANIZE A REVIVED 50-STATE STRATEGY AT THE DNC TO EMPOWER DEMOCRATS AND OUR ALLIES
WHEREAS, Democrats across America are ready to engage with love and resistance – love of country, Constitution and community; resistance to Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine and reverse the progress we made under President Obama – but can only do so if the Democratic National Committee organizes a 3,143-county, 59-member state party partnership, 50-state strategy where everybody matters; and
WHEREAS, the Democratic National Committee showed that a strong element of the electoral successes of 2006 and 2008 and the policy advancements of 2007-2017 was a strong unified field program; and
WHEREAS, with more progressives organizing in trans-partisan coalitions including those from labor to faith to veterans to LGBTQ to immigrants to climate, we Democrats must engage with all constituency communities in order to train the next generation of leaders and collectively take the fight to Trump’s GOP every day and everywhere; and
WHEREAS, the value of on the ground staff hired in consultation with local state parties is immense and will enable state parties to develop outreach necessary to reach out to underrepresented communities and constituencies in a planned and comprehensive manner; and
WHEREAS, the DNC and our State Parties need to engage and energize our base and constituencies as we prepare for a coordinated campaign everywhere and consistent and comprehensive organizing will improve electoral options up and down the ballot in 2017 and beyond;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic National Committee ORGANIZE our 50-state strategy with state-based staff hired in consultation with the local state party and required to perform coalition building with Democrats and nonpartisan groups and constituency communities so that we train the next generation of leaders, build progressive majorities, and collectively take the fight to Trump’s GOP every day and everywhere; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the DNC Chair shall report to the full DNC membership and the public no later than June 1, 2017 a comprehensive plan to implement the program immediately upon its adoption at the DNC summer meeting or by email vote by June 15, 2017, whichever is earlier.
RESOLUTION EMPOWERING PEOPLE-POWERED POLITICS OVER CORPORATE INTERESTS AT THE DNC
WHEREAS, we Democrats have the opportunity to reform and revive our party by empowering diverse grassroots democrats at the leadership table and in our communities; and
WHEREAS, the American people are looking to Democrats to PROMOTE people-powered politics in this era of resistance, revival, and reform but are rightly concerned that their voices are drowned out by corporate dollars and big donor-driven decisions; and
WHEREAS, as President Barack Obama said in his farewell address, “When trust in our institutions is low, we should reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics, and insist on the principles of transparency and ethics in public service”
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic National Committee acts to revive trust in our Party by reinstating President Obama’s BAN on corporate donations to the DNC; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic National Committee prioritizes people-powered politics by banning corporate lobbyists serving as DNC chair-appointed, at-large members in favor of empowering the service of diverse grassroots Democrats so that more people’s voices can be heard at the DNC and across the country.
RESOLUTION TO REVIVE OUR CONNECTION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH DEMOCRATIC OUTREACH THROUGH THE ARTS
WHEREAS, Arts and culture play a vital role in our society, sparking connections between our internal creativity and shared humanity, strengthening our economy, enriching our communities, and developing individual expression; and,
WHEREAS, the first few weeks of the new presidential administration has been a non-stop assault on the first amendment from misleading the media with “alternative facts” and outright lies to stifling public employees to firing dissenters including the Acting Attorney General; and,
WHEREAS, the Trump administration’s disdain of public support for the arts is manifest in a budget proposal to zero out the National Endowment for the Humanities whose annual budget of $148 million is LESS than the cost of Trump’s inauguration and whose vital mission of promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans is essential to our civic life;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic National Committee revive our connection to the American people by establishing a DNC ARTISTS COUNCIL to defend the First Amendment against the Trump administration’s relentless onslaught, promote arts and culture in economics and education, and engage communities through the arts.
RESOLUTION TO EXPAND PARTY OUTREACH WITH DEDICATED DNC CONSTITUENCY STAFF AND RESOURCES
WHEREAS, as the Democratic National Committee engages in our daily resistance to the Trump administration and long term preparation for the 2017-2020 elections, we need the fullest participation of every DNC Member and constituency; and,
WHEREAS, DNC Members deserve access to the basic building blocks of organizing – membership lists, communications tools, and information from the officers and staff out to Democrats across the country – but are often stymied despite the best efforts of overworked staff by a hierarchical culture and consultocracy that yields distrust and discontent (manifest in the 2016 primary) and prevents us from most effectively engaging Democrats and allies; and,
WHEREAS, dedicating staff and resources to the DNC Members, caucuses, committees, and councils will provide transparency and continuity as the DNC attempts to renew our relationships and expand our outreach to our consistency communities;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE expand Party outreach and improve morale by hiring dedicated DNC constituency staff in consultation with the elected leadership of the caucuses, committees, and councils.