On February 2nd, 2014, the City Council of Atlanta unanimously passed a resolution designating the city of Atlanta to be a “compassionate city” under the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities. Mayor Kasim Reed approved that resolution on February 12th, 2014.
This is wonderful news for the residents of Atlanta and everyone who believes in the benefits of compassionate action. We now turn our attention to getting civic, corporate, educational and religious leaders throughout Greater Atlanta to help us turn this positive move by the City Council and Mayor into action.
WHEREAS, Karen Armstrong, a respected scholar who studies the connections between world religions, was awarded the 2008 TED Prize for her groundbreaking work; and
WHEREAS, the recipient of a TED Prize is given $100,000.00 to carry out their one wish for a better world; and
WHEREAS, with that funding and the support of the TED organization, Karen Armstrong created the Charter for Compassion; and
WHEREAS, the Compassionate Action Network International and the Campaign for Compassionate Cities were created to promote the Charter for Compassion; and
WHEREAS, as a part of the Ten Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities there will be opportunities to connect organizations that are in need of resources and volunteers with community members who can assist them; and
WHEREAS, by becoming part of a compassionate city, region, or nation, citizens become empowered to develop a sense of cooperation and reinvigorated hope; and
WHEREAS, today, over 80 cities from Gaziantep, Turkey to Seattle, WA are participating in the Campaign for Compassionate Cities; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in June of 2013 to endorse the Campaign for Compassionate Cities; and
WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta, as the home of the Civil Rights movement, has a rich history of compassion; and
WHEREAS, by designating Atlanta as a Compassionate City we call on other cities and municipalities to join us in supporting the principle of compassion and acts of compassion.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, that the Atlanta City Council hereby signs on to the Charter of Compassion.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Atlanta is designated as a Compassionate City.
RESULT: ADOPTED [13 TO 0]
MOVER: Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Councilmember, District 5
AYES: Michael Julian Bond, Mary Norwood, Andre Dickens, Kwanza Hall, Ivory Lee Young Jr., Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Alex Wan, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Felicia A. Moore, Clarence “C. T.” Martin, Keisha Lance Bottoms
ABSENT: Joyce Sheperd
AWAY: Carla Smith