September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document
Dear Policy Committee,
Due to my own error, I have so far failed utterly at getting myself on
the policy e-mail list. However, 30 minutes ago I discovered the list
archive on the web site, and now I am up-to-date!
Thank you for your comments! Wonderful!
I incorporated your suggestions. More edits may be in order--feel free
to suggest more edits.
After one more round, perhaps we can bring it around to alders--I'll
wait for the policy committee's OK.
Below is the current draft. Send me further suggestions for changes.
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, 70 percent of these people are women and children, and the UN
estimates 400,000 children under five will likely die this year, an increase
of over 30 percent from last year; and
WHEREAS, food aid shipments have been disrupted due to security concerns
around U.S. military actions in Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, the aid agencies active in the region, including the Nobel laureate
Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Oxfam International and the World Food
Program have stated that the U.S. food
drops can not meet the increasing and urgent need for assistance; and
WHEREAS, Madison now participates directly and indirectly in 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 are appalled at the mass starvation
that will result from these actions to which they are a party if the
situation is not speedily addressed, and also appalled at the dishonor such
an outcome would be for the victims of the terrorist attacks of September
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 now be a top priority
for U.S. policy toward 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 immediately
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 the United States must actively support the work
of various agencies to deliver assistance in Afghanistan, particularly
through overland truck convoys, and support safe humanitarian access to
affected populations, in partnership with humanitarian agencies in
quantities sufficient to alleviate a large scale humanitarian catastrophe;
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;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the United States should support democratic
processes in Afghanistan leading to a government which represents all its
people, including women.
Email Date:Thursday, October 25, 2001 6:58 PM
Email Subject:[MAPC-policy] revised city resolution