September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document
Sorry if this is a duplicate. I'm a little worried that X
might not reach you. Anyway, here is the resolution I drafted. Your
comments would be appreciated.
A RESOLUTION regarding the urgent need to provide emergency humanitarian
assistance and development assistance to civilians in Afghanistan, including
Afghan refugees in surrounding countries.
SPONSORS: [Alders names here.]
WHEREAS, a disastrous humanitarian crisis is underway, with an estimated 7.5
million people in Afghanistan facing critical food shortage or outright
starvation this winter; and
WHEREAS, food aid shipments have been disrupted due to security concerns
around U.S. military actions in Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, Madison supports U.S. military efforts through many channels,
including the federal taxes its citizens pay, and through its citizens'
participation in the armed forces; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor and Common Council deplore their participation in actions
that cause mass starvation;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mayor and Common Council urge a
resolution to the situation that minimizes loss of life; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT humanitarian concerns must be a top U.S.
priority for action in Afghanistan, especially as there exists a narrow
window of opportunity for supplying food to the region's population before
winter makes this difficult or impossible; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Afghanistan's neighbors should reopen their
borders to allow for the safe passage of refugees, and the international
community must be prepared to contribute to the economic costs incurred by
the flight of desperate Afghan civilians; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT as the United States engages in military action
in Afghanistan, it must work to deliver assistance, particularly through
overland truck convoys, and safe humanitarian access to affected
populations, in partnership with humanitarian agencies in quantities
sufficient to alleviate a large scale humanitarian catastrophe; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the United States should contribute to efforts
by the international community to provide long-term, sustainable
reconstruction and development assistance for the people of Afghanistan,
including efforts to protect the basic human rights of women and children.
Email Date:Thursday, October 25, 2001 6:08 PM
Email To:X; X
Email From:Barbara Smith [X]
Email Subject:copy of proposed city resolution