Policy Resolutions

HOME OWNERSHIP

CALLING FOR INCREASE IN LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) FUNDING (APRIL 2017)

AAMA urges the President of the United States and the members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees to increase The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to no less than $4.7 billion to ensure greater protections for minority, low- and fixed-income households struggling to pay their energy bills; and that copies of this particular Resolution be dispatched to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, Members of Congress, House and Senate Leadership, and other elected officials as appropriate.

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PROMOTION OF HOMEOWNERSHIP POLICY (OCTOBER 2015)

Authorized AAMA to promote policy for homeownership by working with the Federal Housing Agency and Obama Administration in support of releasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from conservatorship.  AAMA believes that once the Administration takes action, the two companies can continue to open the door of homeownership for families across America.

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EDUCATION

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES (HBCUS) (APRIL 2017)

African American Mayors Association calls upon the White House and executive agencies to elevate the mission of the White House Initiative on HBCUs to an urgent policy and fiscal priority of the Administration.

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EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND ASSESSMENT TO MEASURE STUDENT LEARNING (FEBRUARY 2016)

Authorizes AAMA to encourage educational assessments and accountability from state policymakers for their respective states, and ensure collaboration with their state board of education and state-level departments.

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SUPPORTING EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY REFORM (MAY 2015)

Authorizes AAMA to adopt K-12 education reform public safety reform under the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

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CALLING FOR TEACHER DIVERSITY IN ELEMENTARY IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (MAY 2015)

Authorizes AAMA members to promote diversity in Elementary and Secondary Education by working with educational stakeholders and minority-serving institutions to encourage diversity in local teacher recruitment. The Corporation work through the local, state and federal legislative processes to ensure that teacher diversity will be closely monitored and reformed for a more equitable educational system.

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TECHNOLOGY

RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE USE OF FREE DATA PROGRAMS (DECEMBER 2016)

AAMA encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to support free data programs as a cost effective policy for keeping low income consumers connected to the internet.

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RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING CONSUMER PRIVACY PROTECTIONS ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS (DECEMBER 2016)

AAMA calls on Congress to take the necessary steps to ensure that flexible privacy standards grounded in the appropriate fair information practice principles apply equally to all entities and all platforms across the Internet ecosystem.

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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING NET ENERGY METERING WITH CONSUMER PROTECTIONS (DECEMBER 2016)

AAMA encourages state policymakers to ensure consumers are protected and accountable for their respective states, and that AAMA work through the local, state and federal agencies to ensure that the residential solar industry will be appropriately regulated to ensure the protection of our communities. 

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IN SUPPORT OF CLOSING THE HOMEWORK GAP THROUGH BROADBAND ACCESS (DECEMBER 2016)

AAMA urges the FCC to modernize its Lifeline Program to allow participants to choose between applying the same support to either voice or broadband Internet service, and AAMA urges the FCC to make spectrum for wireless broadband more readily available so that there are more opportunities for students to get their school work done.   

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NEXT GENERATION NETWORK RESOLUTION (DECEMBER 2016)

AAMA affirms local government’s role in balancing the deployment of new generation wireless technology with local governments’ role in managing rights-of-way, maintaining safe communities, and promoting economic development; and urges local governments to work collaboratively with businesses to bring next generation networks to their cities.

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RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING MINORITY OWNERSHIP IN COMMERCIAL WIRELESS SPECTRUM (MAY 2015)

Authorizes AAMA to support the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to encourage minority ownership through the Designed Entity (DE) Commercial Wireless Spectrum program.

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ADDITIONAL RESOLUTIONS

AFRICAN AMERICAN MAYORS ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO FEDERAL “CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY” (JUNE 2017)

AAMA opposes “concealed carry reciprocity” or any other legislation that would put local law enforcement at risk when encountering an armed out-of-state visitor, who may be carrying with no permit whatsoever—often leaving police and sheriffs with no means to verify whether the person is carrying lawfully; and reiterates its support for common-sense gun legislation to keep guns out of dangerous hands, including strong standards that ensure people cannot legally carry guns concealed on city streets without proper safety training or if they pose a danger to the public.

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION REFORM (APRIL 2017)

AAMA urges Congress to enact bipartisan immigration reform measures that aim to: (1) Strengthen our borders while assuring that state and local law enforcement is able to remain focused on community policing; (2) Establish a streamlined visa process to efficiently process seasonal, agricultural, lesser-skilled and high skilled workers; 3) Provide a uniform system of employment verification; and (4) Implement a framework that enables people of goodwill currently living in the shadows to come out and fully pursue the American dream.

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GRANTS FOR MY BROTHER’S KEEPER INITIATIVE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM INITIATIVE (FEBRUARY 2016)

Authorizes AAMA to distribute up to two (2) grants, each in the amount of $2,500.00 to be made available to organizations recommended by those Active Members of the Corporation working on and participating in supporting either the MBK Initiative or the Justice Reform Initiative.

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN GREEN SPACES AND GARDENS (FEBRUARY 2016)

Authorizes AAMA to support development of urban green spaces and gardens which provide opportunities for urban revitalization in our nation’s cities and can assist in some of our country’s challenges such as stormwater management and pollinator gardens.

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SUPPORT OF EPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LGAC) (DECEMBER 2016)

AAMA will work with members of Congress and the current and incoming presidential administrations to ensure that LGAC remains an important advisor for environmental legislation.

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21st  CENTURY ENERGY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT JOBS INITIATIVE ACT (H.R. 4526) (MAY 2015)

Authorizes AAMA to urge the members of the US Congress to support the 21st Century Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act of 2014, which will support AAMA’s efforts for job creation and economic opportunity.

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DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE IN SOUTH CAROLINA (NOVEMBER 2015)

Authorized AAMA to make a donation to the American Red Cross in the amount of $5,000 from the Corporation’s funds to a 501(c)(3) charity organization to be approved by the Board.

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE LORETTA LYNCH (NOVEMBER 2014)

Authorized AAMA to support President Barack Obama’s nomination Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General.

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