PLEASE SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WHICH WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO PASS;
children are at the most vulnerable period of their lives, it is wholly reasonable that the consideration of their
physical safety should be at least equal to that afforded to other citizens.
the City Council of Chicago finds and
declares that protection against assault and battery shall not be abridged or denied to any person on account of age.
PLEASE URGE YOUR ALDERMAN TO VOTE YES TO THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.
THE FOLLOWING POSITIVE PARENTING RESOLUTION WAS OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED BY CHICAGO'S
CITY COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 28, 2005
DIRECT EFFECT POSITIVE PARENTING RESOLUTION
Submitted by Michelle DiGiacomo
PRESENTED TO CHICAGO’S CITY COUNCIL ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2005
Alderman Isaac Carothers
WHEREAS, all children need love, guidance and deserve to grow up in an environment free from violence and physical harm.
Positive, non-violent, peaceful forms of discipline teach children to think beyond the immediate and give them a blueprint
for future reference.
WHEREAS, Children are influenced by the model for behavior set by adults in their environment.
When adults resort to violence, children are likely to learn this behavior is acceptable and imitate it with their peers and
WHEREAS, positive, non-violent parenting promotes positive, peaceful relationships and respect for others and their
rights to safety; and
WHEREAS, Childhood is a unique and critical stage of life. All children share the same basic
needs for safety, health, love and dignity. Peaceful, communicative parenting supports a child’s development: and
WHEREAS, current research is proving that violence negatively impacts upon normal brain development and learning for
all children; and
WHEREAS, violent behavior learned in the home and school environment is reflected in the behaviors
of people throughout our communities, cities and societies at large. As a result of this violence, children and families are
hurting, education systems and learning has been hindered, and prisons are overflowing with youth: now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of Chicago will support a proclamation that encourages non-violent discipline
in the effort to reduce violence towards all but especially within the family and as directed towards children; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of Chicago, on behalf of the children of Chicago, help establish ties between
our schools and community through the promotion of mental health and family counseling programs to support families experiencing
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Chicago Child Abuse Prevention Joint Task Force is urged to
continue its advocacy on behalf of children experiencing violence in the home; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that
City Departments and Agencies are encouraged to implement and distribute positive, non-violent parenting literature within
the community via schools, churches, hospitals and community organizations which will help to make parents aware of education
that supports behavior management strategies as alternatives to corporal punishment; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,
that this resolution shall serve as notice that City Council of the City of Chicago has been and shall remain vigilant in
guarding the best interests of the children of Chicago in all matters to the extent legally and feasibly possible.
Alderman Isaac Carothers, 29th Ward
The Alderman of Chicago have chosen to make a difference in the lives
of our most precious and innocent citizens; our children. It is our hope that this Resolution be passed in cities throughout
the country. Please contact us if you are interested in effecting change in your own city and we will do all in our power