2017 Business Meeting

Resolutions Approved at WCC’s 2017 Annual Business Meeting

August 26, 2017 at Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction


WHEREAS Western Colorado Congress recognizes the importance of immigrants’ many contributions to the social and economic fabric of the Western Slopes and the United States; and

WHEREAS Western Colorado Congress is committed to building an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere within our organization and community, where all are accepted and appreciated; and

WHEREAS Western Colorado Congress aims to build cooperation, respect, equality and compassion among all our communities, creating a Western Slope where people, families and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That Western Colorado Congress supports comprehensive and thoughtful immigration reform that builds the strength and unity of working people, keeps families together, and guarantees the constitutional rights, obligations, and human dignity for all community members, no matter where they come from.



WHEREAS, the mission of the Western Colorado Congress includes the promotion of healthy, sustainable communities, and embraces social and economic justice; and

WHEREAS, we believe that every person should have access to quality and affordable healthcare when they need it; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that access to healthcare often depends on access to paid sick leave in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, essentially every industrialized nation in the world provides universal healthcare except ours; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Western Colorado Congress supports the vision of a universal health care system in Colorado that covers all Coloradoans with quality care, allows people a choice of medical providers and eliminates the added expense and bureaucracy of insurance companies; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Western Colorado Congress supports policies that promote substantial paid family and medical leave from the workplace.



WHEREAS, the 1986 resolution referenced below continues to reflect the scope and work of Western Colorado Congress; and

WHEREAS, the coal industry continues to decline and the problems faced by workers and communities will continue to grow; and

WHEREAS, the need exists to dedicate time and resources and strategic planning to engage with members and communities impacted by an economy in transition;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Western Colorado Congress reaffirms the 1986 Economic Development resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Western Colorado Congress shall assess the appropriateness of engaging in economic transition work in impacted communities, and shall consider that assessment in its strategic planning.

Economic Development

(existing 1986 resolution)

WHEREAS, Western Colorado is a beautiful region, primarily rural, agricultural and recreational in character; and

WHEREAS, the present economy here is in distress because of drastic decreases in energy exploitation, national and international recession, and problems in the agricultural sector; and

WHEREAS, efforts to restore the economic health of this region should enhance our environment and present character, and minimize our vulnerability to national and international influences beyond our control;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Western Colorado Congress supports economic development which places greatest importance upon locally generated activities using local resources and local skills including rejuvenation of existing activities and creation of new ones compatible with our environment and present character; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, to the extent that attempts are made to attract businesses from outside our region, care should be given to select those which are not only compatible with, but also enhance the character of our area and existing economic activities.

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