Progressive Resolutions for March 6 precinct meetings

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Thanks for posting these

Now to figure out if there is a precinct meeting I can attend in my county where the Dems seem to be in hibernation, or is cryogenic stasis?

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

text of hemp resolution

A Resolution to Promote the Renewal of Industrial Hemp as an Agricultural Crop in North Carolina

WHEREAS, in 2006 the NC state legislature passed a bill H 1723/S 1572 to create an independent commission to study the beneficial uses of industrial hemp, among other studies, but there has never been any report or follow through to the study, and

WHEREAS, American companies are forced to import millions of dollars worth of hemp seed and fiber products annually from Canada, Europe, and China, thereby effectively denying American farmers an opportunity to compete and share in the profits; and

WHEREAS, nutritious hemp foods can be found in grocery stores nationwide and strong durable hemp fibers can be found in the interior parts of millions of American cars; and

WHEREAS, buildings are being constructed using a hemp and lime mixture, thereby sequestering carbon; and

WHEREAS, retail sales of hemp products in this country are estimated to be over $400 million annually; and

WHEREAS, industrial hemp is a high-value low input crop that is not genetically modified, requires little or no pesticides, can be dry land farmed, and uses less fertilizer than wheat and corn.

WHEREAS, the reluctance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to permit industrial hemp farming is denying agricultural producers in this country the ability to benefit from a high-value, low-input crop, which can provide significant economic benefits to producers and manufacturers; and

WHEREAS, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has the authority under the Controlled Substances Act to allow this state to regulate industrial hemp farming under existing laws and without requiring individual federal applications and licenses;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That NC Democratic Party urges legislators to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity; to define industrial hemp in Federal law as non-psychoactive and genetically identifiable species of the genus Cannabis; to acknowledge that allowing and encouraging farmers to produce industrial hemp will improve the balance of trade by promoting domestic sources of industrial hemp; and to assist United States producers by removing barriers to State regulation of the commercial production of industrial hemp; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we also urge the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to allow the State to regulate industrial hemp farming under existing state laws and regulations, or those to be passed, without requiring federal applications, licenses, or fees; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State forward copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United States Secretary of Agriculture, and to each member of the state’s Congressional Delegation.

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text of fracking resolution

A resolution in support of a North Carolina Statewide Ban on Natural Gas Development Involving Hydraulic Fracturing.

WHEREAS, use of hydraulic fracturing exposes adjacent land and surface waters to the risk of contamination through open pit storage, truck transport on roadways, and activities during well development, and

WHEREAS, these activities have well-documented adverse health effects and adverse environmental impacts, and

WHEREAS, North Carolina has historically had strong laws for decades to mitigate the risks of slant drilling, and

WHEREAS individuals and families will be adversely affected by fracking whether or not they have signed away their mineral rights, and

WHEREAS, mineral rights leases are so complex that they must be written by a lawyer and NC's legal system lacks the experience other states have in place for these specific issues, and

WHEREAS, North Carolina’s water resources are essential for commerce, tourism, recreation, and sustaining life, and once contaminated will be very costly or impossible to remediate, and

WHEREAS, degradation of our waterways would be illegal and would impose significant hardships, public health detriment, and economic harm if degraded, and

WHEREAS, Governor Purdue has already vetoed Republican legislation that would put the state at risk from fracking,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

That the NC Democratic Party and Democratic legislators stand in solidarity supporting strong regulation to prevent pollution and avoid degradation of water resources and ecosystems of our various rivers, reservoirs and watersheds from fracking,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our Congressional Representatives and Senator Hagan to join Senator Lautenberg, Congressman Pallone and Congressman Holt in co-sponsoring HR. 1084/ S. 587_, the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (“FRAC Act”), a bill that would repeal the hydraulic fracturing exemption to the Safe Drinking Water Act and require disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

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text of anti-marriage discrimination resolution

*Note- I believe this resolution passed at the last SEC meeting

A Resolution to oppose the anti-family, anti-business amendment placed on the May primary ballot by the Republican-led General Assembly

Whereas, in September of 2011 members of the North Carolina General Assembly approved a referendum for an amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution that, if ratified by the voters, would make marriage between one man and one woman "the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State"; and

Whereas, North Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote on this proposed amendment on the May 8, 2012 primary ballot; and

Whereas, this constitutional amendment does nothing but retrench preexisting government sanctioned discrimination; and

Whereas, the amendment infringes on the rights of North Carolina citizens in violation of the United States Constitution; and

Whereas, this constitutional amendment is proposed for the purpose of preventing all people from enjoying the same state-provided benefits extended to heterosexual couples; and

Whereas, state government shall not deprive gays and lesbians the same state-provided benefits it extends to heterosexual couples;

Resolved, that the North Carolina Democratic Party strongly oppose the proposed amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution; and

Be it Further Resolved, that the North Carolina Democratic Party urge North Carolinians to vote AGAINST ("NO") this amendment; and

Be it Further Resolved that this Resolution be part of the Political and Policy Action Agenda of the NCDP with a priority designation of

Be it Further Resolved that a copy of this Resolution be endorsed by the Chair and Secretary f the NCDP and a conformed copy thereof be sent by the Secretary to __________________ within ten (10) days of this date.

This the 28th day of January, 2012.

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text of move to amend resolution

Resolution to Amend the Federal Constitution to Clarify that Corporations are not People and Money is not Speech

Whereas, government of, by, and for the people has long been a cherished American value, and We The People’s fundamental and inalienable right to self-govern, and thereby secure rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed in the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and;

Whereas, corporations are human-made, legal fictions created by express permission of We The People and our government, and are not and have never been human beings, but rather are rightfully subservient to human beings and governments as our legal creations, and;

Whereas, corporations can exist in perpetuity, can exist simultaneously in many nations at once, and can concentrate vast wealth which allows them to corrupt the political process in order to gain special privileges and to wield coercive force of law to overpower human beings and communities, thus denying We The People’s exercise of our Constitutional rights, and;

Whereas, the recent Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision that rolled back the legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process creates an unequal playing field and allows unlimited corporate spending to influence elections, candidate selection, policy decisions and sway votes, and forces elected officials to divert their attention from The Peoples’ business, or even vote against the interest of their human constituents, in order to ensure competitive campaign funds for their own re-election, and;

Whereas, large corporations own most of America’s mass media and use that media as a megaphone to express loudly their political agenda and to convince Americans that their primary role is that of consumers, rather than sovereign citizens with rights and responsibilities within our democracy, and this forces citizens to toil to discern the truth behind headlines and election campaigning, and;
Therefore be it resolved that the ___________________stand with the Move to Amend campaign and communities across the country to defend democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate power by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:

1. Only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights, and

2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.
DATE: ___________

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