WHEREAS gun violence is rampant in our society; and
WHEREAS there are currently many loopholes in gun laws and lack of enforcement of the current laws and
WHEREAS most of our members are fully supportive of gun reform; therefore be it Resolved that the guns laws of this state and the nation be reviewed, loopholes be closed, and more funding for law enforcement be allocated and
WHEREAS: Automatic, large-capacity, military-style assault weapons are not designed or appropriate for sport hunting or personal defense in a civilized nation and
WHEREAS: These weapons continue to be used in an epidemic of mass killings whether obtained legally or illegally, and
WHEREAS: A ban on these weapons would not abrogate the rights preserved by the 2nd Amendment, and
WHEREAS: Guns can currently be sold at shows and other markets without thorough background checks,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that guns be restricted and gun laws be strengthened so that all people are safe; AND
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina will take a public position in favor of banning military-style assault weapons from civilian ownership and no type of gun sales in the absence of a thorough background check.
WHEREAS, the African American community has historically been oppressed in the United States and South Carolina particularly stemming from a history of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and racially discriminatory policies; and
WHEREAS, there exists a clearly disproportionate rate of incarceration, police brutality and extrajudicial killings that affects the African American community; and there exists clear examples of institutionalized racism severely affecting the African American community; and
WHEREAS, the Black Lives Matter movement's mission is to expose racism of all forms, promote racial equality and justice for the African American community, and correct a broken criminal justice system, prison industrial complex, and eliminate racial injustice in government and American society.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that BEMSC affirms and supports the Black Lives Matters movement.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the BEMSC urges the government of the state of South Carolina take decisive action to end discriminatory practices of all kinds, reform systems of institutional racism, promote racial justice, and give a voice to an oppressed and marginalized community,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the BEMSC urges the citizens of South Carolina to acknowledge and eliminate racism in all forms within the state to promote peace and unity for all.
WHEREAS, the South Carolina Department of Transportation relies on funding allocated by the South Carolina General Assembly; and
WHEREAS, South Carolina roads are unsatisfactory and unsafe; and
WHEREAS, there is no plan for repair or replacement; and
WHEREAS, there has been no increase in the gas tax since 1987; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of S.C. support prioritized maintenance and increased funding to repair and improve South Carolina roads and bridges without stripping funding from education and/or healthcare.
WHEREAS, one must currently provide a reason for voting early absentee in person; and
WHEREAS, election officers and staff are technologically equipped and trained to conduct voter registration; and
WHEREAS, providing same day registration is the most efficient and successful way of increasing voter turnout; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BEMSC support ways to make voting easier, specifically advocating for same-day voter registration, remove the photo ID law, and allowing eligible voters to vote 30 days prior to an election without stating a cause.
WHEREAS, this statistic is worse for women of color; and
WHEREAS, women should receive equal pay for equal work; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of S.C. supports the passage of the Fair Pay Act or a comparable piece of legislation.
WHEREAS, nearly 27% of S.C. children live in poverty; and
WHEREAS, the physical structures of the public schools are crumbling; and
WHEREAS, teachers are inadequately paid; and
WHEREAS, the South Carolina General Assembly has neglected to adequately fund public education for decades; and
WHEREAS, everyone should be able to afford higher education in order to pursue a successful career; and
WHEREAS, a generation of children has been left behind as a result of deliberate state neglect; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of S.C. advocates for fully funding public education at all levels, from pre-K to college, as well as offering two free years of public higher education and better compensating our teachers, all with the goal of investing in our children and providing them an excellent, nationally competitive education.
WHEREAS, renewable energy infrastructure is a long-term investment that combats climate change and strengthens our economy; and
WHEREAS, the majority of scientists agree that climate change exists and that it is caused by human activity; and
WHEREAS, the financial cost of extreme weather events will be a great burden on the state of South Carolina; and
WHEREAS, industrial infrastructure such as pipeline and refineries pose a threat to the state's natural, historical and cultural resources; and
WHEREAS, the economic outcomes of spills, leaks and fires could be catastrophic for the state's tourism industry, businesses and workforce; and
WHEREAS, these pursuits would threaten the cultural heritage of the Gullah Geechee people and all communities in the State.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of S.C. encourages our state and federal governments to move our energy system quickly from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar through regulatory policy and financial incentives.
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