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Resolution for AFL-CIO sponsorship of 2016 Presidential Debates

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The following resolution was adopted by Communications Workers of America, Local 3108,

September 27, 2016.

Resolution for AFL-CIO sponsorship of 2016 Presidential Debates

Whereas, human society is moving rapidly and undeniably towards self-destruction on multiple tracks.

Whereas, these multiple tracks include, but are not limited to, militarism and war, pollution of the environment, global climate change, the spread of nuclear radiation from weapons, nuclear power, and “accidents”, and introduction of chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into our food supply.

Whereas, these tracks towards destruction are the results of decisions taken by human society and therefore may be corrected or reversed by human society.

Whereas the United States economy is 25% of the world economy,

Whereas, the United States spends nearly 50% of total world military spending,

Therefore, the citizens of the United States have a unique and disproportionate responsibility to correct the course of human society.

Whereas, the practice of democracy requires an educated and informed electorate.

Whereas, the major media has given billions of dollars in free coverage to both the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

Whereas, the Commission of Presidential Debates is controlled by the two major parties and is likely to exclude all but the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Whereas, the AFL-CIO has a responsibility to educate and inform the members of affiliated unions and working people in general.

Therefore, be it resolved that the AFL-CIO sponsor, organize, broadcast, or live stream, a minimum of three presidential debates of at least two hours each, and invite the participation of candidates of the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican Parties.

And furthermore, that all candidates that agree to participate be given equal time.

And finally, that this resolution be presented, with all due speed to the AFL-CIO.

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