Protecting Federal Budgeting for Arts & Culture


Protecting Federal Budgeting for Arts & Culture

WHEREAS Donald Trump’s proposed 2017 federal budget, currently the template for his administration’s 2018 budget, is extremely harmful and destructive. If enacted, it will diminish the public’s quality of life, the harmony of our society, government’s capacity to serve productively, and the nation’s fiscal well-being. Steadfast activism and inspired opposition are necessary on many fronts, and must include stepping forward to protect funding for arts and cultural programming, which has historically faced brutal attacks from the political right and yet is vital to our individual and shared humanity; and

WHEREAS the Trump budget would eliminate four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), currently budgeted at $148 million; the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), $148 million; the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), $230 million; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), $445 million — even though those agencies’ combined budgets now amount to a minuscule .02% of federal spending ($3.899 trillion in 2016): by comparison, taxpayers may spend an additional $700 million annually simply because Melania Trump chooses to live in New York City, not the White House; and

WHEREAS the relatively modest federal funding for arts & cultural programming and services has had a remarkably outsized and positive impact, including the leveraging of other sources of funding, in support of essential educational and cultural efforts that change lives and translate into jobs, economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, historical awareness, enhanced community spirit, respect between people, and empowered individual creativity, thereby touching, heartening and strengthening neighborhoods and communities across California and the USA, while helping this country lead globally in major industries such as entertainment and tourism:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the California Democratic Party urges Congress to oppose the Trump budget whenever and wherever it threatens to slash and devastate crucial human services and governmental endeavors, and that the Congress defend and champion those federal agencies — the NEA, NEH, IMLS and CPB — which now promote, support and enable invaluable arts and cultural endeavors, serve our creative communities, delight and enchant the public, and boost the human spirit, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this resolution shall be communicated to all Democratic Members of the Californian Congressional Delegation.

Authors: Paul Michael Neuman, AD43 and LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, AD51

Sponsors: Christopher Arellano, AD 51; Ron Birnbaum, AD 51; Tom Bliss, AD 51; Assemblymember Richard Bloom, AD 50; Christopher Bowen, AD 50; Joe Cislowski, AD 50; West Hollywood City Councilmember John D’Amico; Vilma Dawson, AD 54; Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, SD 24; West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran; Jeff Ebenstein, AD 50; Assemblymember Laura Friedman, AD 43; Russell Greene, AD 45; Joan Greenwood, AD 70; Marilyn Grunwald, AD 46; Tony Hale, AD 66; Jim Hilfenhaus, AD 39; Atem Kuol, AD 59; Miguel Martinez, AD 59; Vickere Murphy, AD 43; Renee Nahum, AD 43; Paul Michael Neuman, AD 43; Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell; Mary Rose Ortega, AD 51; Thomas Patrick O’Shaughnessy, AD 43 ; Lynne Plambeck, AD 38; Senator Anthony Portantino, SD 25; Dorothy Reik, AD 50; Suzann Reina, AD 36; Sion Roy, AD 50; Joyce Rubin, AD 46; Susie Shannon, AD 50 ; Lyn Shaw, AD 39; Jerilyn Stapleton, AD 46; Constance (Connie) Sullivan, AD 66; Rick Tuttle, AD 54; Anthony Weiss, AD 43; Karen Wingard, AD 41; Marcy Winograd, AD 50; Los Angeles County Democratic Party; East Area Progressive Democrats; Northeast Los Angeles Democratic Club; Michael Alexander

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2017 Statewide Convention
Sacramento Convention Center

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