WHEREAS, the residents of the city of Duluth place a high value on the responsiveness of elected officials and policymakers to their needs; and

WHEREAS, the city council welcomes opportunities for citizens and elected officials to learn more about constituent concerns and resulting policy impact; and

WHEREAS, the walk a mile program exists to bridge relationships between policymakers and low income constituents that explore the practical and personal dynamics of public policy; and

WHEREAS, the result of such an experience allows an opportunity for policymakers to get a personal understanding of poverty from an expert - an individual or family living in poverty; and

WHEREAS, the low income constituent also has an opportunity to play an active role in government; and

WHEREAS, the walk a mile program is based on the belief that mutual respect grows from personal relationships in which individuals have the opportunity to see life from another person's point of view - to walk a mile in another person's shoes.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the council recognizes the value of the walk a mile program and encourages all councilors, particularly those newly elected, to participate in the 2004 program activities. Some of these activities will include:

    • visit a social services office;
    • visit a food bank;
    • visit an employment training program;
    • attend a public hearing;
    • visit the state legislature;
    • attend a community meeting;
    • visit your partner's home;
    • go grocery shopping together;
    • visit a head start program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council shall encourage broad community participation in the walk a mile program for policymakers and community members alike.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution memorializes the council's support for the 2004 walk a mile program.