Ferguson Resolution: "No Taxation Without Representation"

 

Resolution 14-11.11

 

WHEREAS, Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a town in which 66% of residents are black, yet 50 of its 53 police officers are white, as are 5 of its 6 city council members and 6 of its 7 school board members, as are the police chief and the mayor of Ferguson, leaving Ferguson taxpayers unrepresented in city government; and African Americans account for 86 percent of the traffic stops in the city, and 93 percent of the arrests after those stops, a situation leading to unarmed pedestrian Michael Brown's police shooting death and weeks of civil disobedience in protest; and

WHEREAS, the reason the people of Ferguson, Missouri and similar towns do not control their own governance is because they do not vote (only 6% of Ferguson's African Americans cast a ballot in the last election) and they do not register to vote; they are alienated from true democracy by a centuries-long legacy of slavery, reconstruction, taxation without representation, disenfranchisement and voter suppression that continues to this day; and

WHEREAS, now, organizations across the country have sent support to St. Louis County, Missouri to help register, educate voters, groom and support potential candidates and restore the democratic process in Ferguson; and Senator Claire McCaskill has pledged candidate-training workshops; and acknowledging that Ferguson is not unique in the US and that disenfranchisement exists in California, in places where people are underrepresented in local government, public officials do not reflect the community they serve, people feel powerless and police leave the community feeling terrorized, because citizens are unregistered and do not vote;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the California Democratic Party supports the citizens of Ferguson's drive to re-establish the democratic process; and we recommit to the principle of one person, one vote, with a goal of 100% registration and voting in all California counties; that people have the right to elect candidates that support their values; that obstacles to voting be overcome to increase participation in California before the 2016 elections; that California Democrats will resist any efforts to disenfranchise voters, wherever they may reside; and that copies of this resolution be sent to all California Democratic Party leaders, and Democratic County Chairs.

 

 

Authored by Pamela Mays McDonald, AD15
Sponsored by Alameda County Democratic Central Committee,California State Democratic Party, African American Caucus, Women's Caucus, Native American Caucus, California Young Democrats, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Carlos Alcalá (Chair, Chicano Latino Caucus), Darren Parker (Chair, African American Caucus), Robin Proutt (Vice Chair, African American Caucus), Craig Cheslog (Director, CDP Region 2), Deneen Ogbeide, Brett Badelle, Igor Tregub and Michael Barnett.

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Mission Bay, San Diego
November 16, 2014

 

 

 

 

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