2012 Resolutions

The following resolutions were passed unanimously at the Maui County Democratic Convention. In addition the Convention unanimously approved a motion to reaffirm the 2010 Labor Resolutions as follows:

BUS 2010-01 Employers Awarded Public Contracts Pay their Workers a Living Wage
BUS 2010-02 HIRE LOCAL FIRST
BUS 2010-03 RESOLUTION FROM LABOR DECLARING THE RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF WORKING PEOPLE & WORKING FAMILIES
BUS 2010-04 SUPPORT HAWAI‘I LEGISLATION FOR WORKER RETENTION
BUS 2010-05 SUPPORT EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT

 Education Committee Resolutions

EDU 2012-01. Bullying in Schools

Whereas, the State’s Democratic Party Platform states, “Recognizing that education is a key component to our island’s economic opportunities and successes, we pledge to pursue excellence in public education through a publicly funded school system. Our public educational system is one of our most valuable resources to prepare our children to become responsible citizens and to provide the means for them to succeed in their career choices”; and

Whereas, preparing children to become responsible citizens and to succeed is often done through example as the State promotes the pursuit of excellence through a publicly funded school system; and

Whereas, public schools serve as safety net in identifying among other things, child abuse, malnutrition, learning disorders, mental illness; and

Whereas, government funds public education because an educated electorate is essential is to a thriving democracy; and

Whereas, the Department of Education (DOE) has failed to act on Chapter 19, a policy in place for decades; and

Whereas, the DOE leaves what we know to be a potentially life-threatening situation up to the discretion of the principal with no system-wide support, guidance, policies or procedures and no feedback as to whether the policy is being enforced; and

Whereas, children cannot be expected to learn, a higher-order function, when they fear for their safety, a primal function; and

Whereas, DOE should bear the responsibility for enforcing its policy; and

Whereas, studies and anecdotal evidence indicate that bullying is systemic throughout the DOE: students bully students, teachers bully students, students bully teachers, teachers bully other teachers; and

Whereas, for decades too many parents have felt forced to place their children in private schools or teach their children at home, because DOE fails to provide an environment conducive to learning;

Whereas, DOE’s failure to address bullying leaves the state wide open for suit, particularly since the public and the media have repeatedly brought bullying to DOE’s attention; now, therefore

Be It Resolved by the Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i that it strongly urges the DOE to enforce Chapter 19 through system-wide education, reporting and monitoring; and that the DOE take corrective action as appropriate where bullying is reported;

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, and candidates for every elective office whose jurisdiction includes the City and County of Maui.

 Environment and Health Committee Resolutions

ENV 2012-01. Protect Hawaii’s Unique Environment

Whereas, financial issues should never beused as an excuse to gut the laws designed to protect Hawaii’s unique environment; and

Whereas, it has not been shown that eliminating EIS requirements creates jobs any faster than fulfilling these requirements; and

Whereas, it HAS been shown that lack of proper planning, community involvement and consideration of effects of projects can doom a project to failure; and

Whereas, the taxpayers have a right to comment on and have their comments considered on state and local funded projects via the EIS process; and

Whereas fossil fuel use for transportation and power is neither locally nor globally sustainable nor free of environmental impact; now therefore,

Be It Resolved that the Legislature roll back the laws weakening environmental protections and uphold the EIS requirements and that they cease their attacks on these laws; and

Be It Further Resolved that the redeemable deposit vessels be expanded to 4 liters and include milk jugs and wine bottles.

Be It Further Resolved that the HECO power project on Lana’i be evaluated for both environmental, social and financial welfare of the citizens of Maui County. and

Be It Further Resolved that the long term solution to energy sustainability resides in as of yet unrefined technologies, the State of Hawaii should, in coordination with other state and federal Government, support through financial and educational research and development, the large scale affordability of alternative sources of power; and

Be It Finally Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, and candidates for every elective office whose jurisdiction includes the City and County of Maui.

ENV 2012-02. Equality of Marriage Rights

Whereas, Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Hawai‘i mandates that: ”Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the state on account of sex”; and

Whereas, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court found that the State “failed to establish or prove that the public interest in the well-being of children and families, or the optimal development of children will be adversely affected by same-sex marriage;” and

Whereas, the State constitution was subsequently amended and the Legislature then enacted a law restricting marriage to opposite sex couples, effectively denying same-sex couples and their families equal protection under the law; and

Whereas, the State recently enacted legislation granting civil unions to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, but only opposite-sex couples can marry under State law; and

Whereas, Governor Neil Abercrombie has stated that limiting same-sex couples to civil unions does not provide equality in Hawaii; and

Whereas, the federal government and many other jurisdictions do not recognize civil unions; and

Whereas, the Democratic Party of the State of Hawai‘i has previously affirmed that the State should not interfere with couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; now, therefore

Be It Resolved by the Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i that it finds the current state statute defining marriage as solely the union between one man and one woman to be unfair and inconsistent with our fundamental belief that all citizens are entitled to be treated equally under the law; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Maui County Democrats call upon our Hawai’i legislators to pass legislation to ensure that all families are treated equally under the law as required by the Constitution of the State of Hawai‘i; including but not limited to, equal access to marriage licenses; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Maui County Democrats call upon our US Congressional members to support repeal of the “Defense of Marriage Act”; and

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, Hawai‘i Democratic members and candidates for the US Congress, and declared Democratic candidates for every Hawai‘i elective office whose jurisdiction includes the County of Maui.

ENV 2012-03. PRESERVE CONTRACEPTION CHOICES AND RIGHT TO CHOOSE

Whereas, the Health Reform Act’s provision that contraception be included in health insurance is under attack by those who seek to impose their religious beliefs on the community at large; and

Whereas, there has been increased attacks on a woman’s right to choose abortion; now therefore,

Be It Resolved, that free contraception be a required benefit it any and all health insurance policies; and

Be It Resolved, that no limitations other than a physician’s medical judgment be imposed on a woman seeking abortion; and

Be It Resolved that no requirements of “education”, medical tests, etc be imposed on those seeking an abortion; and

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, Hawai‘i Democratic members and candidates for the US Congress, and declared Democratic candidates for every Hawai‘i elective office whose jurisdiction includes the County of Maui.

National & International Affairs Committee Resolutions

NAT 2012-01. No Wars

Whereas ,the U.S. Is party to treaties prohibiting pre-emptive wars; and

Whereas, the invasion of Iraq proved to be based on false information, drained the U.S. Coffers, killed and maimed our troops, Iraqi civilians, destroyed the Iraqi infrastructure, and destabilized the region; and

Whereas, there is a drumbeat inciting the U.S. Into another war with Iran; and

Whereas, the U.S. Constitution provides that only Congress can declare war; and

Whereas, the U.S. Constitution does NOT provide for an open ended vague permission to be given to the President to wage war when and where s/he choses; now therefore,

Be It Resolved, that the U.S. Shall not commit troops to war without a clear declaration of war by Congress; and

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, Hawai‘i Democratic members and candidates for the US Congress, and declared Democratic candidates for every Hawai‘i elective office whose jurisdiction includes the County of Maui.

Business, Economic Development and Labor Committee Resolutions

BUS 2012-01. Ownership and use of Genetic Material

Whereas, all organisms animal or vegetable are unique individuals and all genes are the result of millions of years of development; and

Whereas, regardless of human experimentation or modification, each gene is produced through the action of an individual cell and not a human being; and

Whereas, current university research is not public data and turns universities into commercial institutions which have or can corrupt or bias the results; therefore,

Be It Resolved, the US Patent shall immediately void all patents of genetic material and cease issuing new patents of genetic material; and now therefore

Be It Further Resolved, the laws of the United States shall be modified to mandate the donors right to specify the purpose of donation of human genetic material for transplant or specific research and the donor does not forfeit the rights to approve of new use of their genes or profit from the results of research; and

Be It Further Resolved, the laws and regulations of the United States shall be modified to make the results of genetic research public and subject to peer review; and

Be It Further Resolved, the laws and agencies of the United States shall not restrict genetic research, but shall monitor and rule on the public safety of the results and methods of such research; and

Be It Further Resolved, the Congress of the United States shall rescind the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 which currently allows personal profit by university research even though it is taxpayer funded; and

Be It Finally Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, and candidates for every elective office whose jurisdiction includes the City and County of Maui.

BUS 2012-02. Stopping Foreclosures With Inadequate or Fraudulent Loan Assignments

Whereas, Some banks bundled loans, created companies, transferred the loans to the companies and took back securities in these companies in a scheme to circumvent the legal limit on the amount they were allowed to loan out compared to their deposits ; and

Whereas, Many of these companies subsequently went bankrupt; and

Whereas, The status and ownership of these loans went into limbo and it was unknown even whether the loans were paid off by insurance; and

Whereas, Many years after these companies ceased to exist, the banks, in an attempt to cash in on these mortgages caused people fraudulently sign over these loans to the banks purporting to be officers in nonexistent companies or swearing affidavits that they had “lost” the loan assignments; and

Whereas, The banks are now foreclosing on these loans using fraudulent or suspect loan assignments and are often foreclosing instead of refinancing because they are still over their legally allowable loan limits; and

Whereas, It is not in the public interest to condone fraudulent loan assignments, nor to allow banks who are already over their limits in loans to obtain ownership of loans in an illegal manner; and

Whereas, It is not in the public interest to allow illegal foreclosures nor to have families put out on the street, nor to have homes sitting empty due to foreclosure; now therefore,

Be It Resolved, That no foreclosure shall be allowed to go forward if the bank cannot conclusively prove a legal and nonfraudulent ownership of the loan; and

Be It Finally Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, and candidates for every elective office whose jurisdiction includes the City and County of Maui.

BUS 2012-03 LABEL GMO CONTAINING PRODUCTS

Whereas, there are significant numbers of people asking for labeling of products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); and

Whereas, We already label foods as to fat, types of fat, sodium, carbohydrate, sugar, and other ingredients, which is information that many people find useful and some people ignore; now therefore,

Whereas, Meat, dairy and eggs produced by feeding animals GMO products would be assumed to contain GMO material; and

Whereas, Mixtures such as cookies, bread and so on that contain one or more ingredients which are derived from GMO sources would be assumed to contain GMO material; now therefore,

Be It Resolved that all products containing GMO ingredients sold in the State of Hawai’i be labeled as containing GMO ingredients; a

Be It Resolved that all products containing GMO ingredients sold in the United States be labeled as containing GMO ingredients; and

Be It Finally Resolved that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Hawai‘i Democratic Party, the Governor, members of the Hawai‘i Senate and Hawai‘i House of Representatives, and candidates for every elective office whose jurisdiction includes the City and County of Maui.

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