On the weekend of June 22-24, 2013, the International Compassionate Cities Campaign was endorsed by the US Conference of Mayors. The resolution of endorsement was submitted by Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, KY, along with six other US Mayors, including the mayors of Columbia, SC; Des Moines, IA; Nashville, TN; Frankfort, KY; Raleigh, NC; and Westland, MI.
In the words of the resolution, “The United States Conference of Mayors applauds the cities who have adopted compassion as a key policy for their communities; and…recommends that other cities explore the use of compassion as a key component to achieve core objectives in their communities… The United States Conference of Mayors [will] provide future opportunities for exploration and discussion among Mayors on the role of compassion as an effective policy for their communities; …the work of the Mayors exploration [will] result in the development of policies, procedures, tactics, and practical guidance on the integration of compassion in programs to address the holistic wellness of communities especially as it relates to those most at-risk.”
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization for cities with populations of 30,000 or more, and includes over 1,300 cities. The Conference is designed to enable mayors to speak with a united voice on national urban policies.