Last week, the Cleveland city council held an emergency meeting to determine its stance on Occupy Cleveland as well as the Occupy movement at large.
Resolution 1720-11 was approved by the City Council will a vote of 18 yeas and only 1 nay. With a population of 2,250,000 people, Cleveland joins other large cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago in public support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Excerpts of the Cleveland Resolution, which was sent to President Barack Obama and all members of the U.S. Congress, are reprinted below:
WHEREAS, Cleveland community members, like others across the United States, are frustrated by the continuing economic crisis that threatens individual, family, small local business and City finances, and our community’s quality of life, and are participating in Occupy protests to make their voices heard; and
WHEREAS, the economic roots of these protests are varied, including sustained unemployment, growing income disparity, banking system failures, stalled earning power, and unjust tax systems, that all contribute to ongoing wealth disparities; and
WHEREAS, the political roots of these protests are also varied, including the growing political power of corporations, influence of money on elections and public policy and inability of average citizens to have their voices heard and needs met through formal political forums,thus contributing to citizens pursuing alternative political arenas; and
WHEREAS, over the past 30 years, gains in our economy have accrued largely to the top1% of Americans, who now control 43% of the total net wealth, and to the next 19% on the top that control 50% of the wealth in the United States (top 20% controls 93% of wealth with the bottom 80% controlling only 7%) due in part to public policies that can be changed…
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLEVELAND:
Section 1. That this Council recognizes and supports the principles of the Occupy Movement and the peaceful and lawful exercise of the First Amendment as a cherished and fundamental right in the effort to seek solutions for economically distressed Americans at the federal, state and local levels.
Section 2. That this Council commits to working with the Jackson administration to continue taking steps to minimize economic insecurity and destructive disparities in the City of Cleveland.
That this Council requests our Congressional leaders generate solutions for economically distressed Americans.
That the Clerk of Council is directed to transmit copies of this resolution to President Barack Obama and all members of the U.S. Congress.
That this resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure and, provided it receives the affirmative vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to Council, it shall take effect and be in force immediately upon its adoption and approval by the Mayor; otherwise, it shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.
I applaud the City of Cleveland and its City Council members for fulfilling their duty to protect and serve the rights of its constituents. May they just be one of many that will come forward to take such a stand in the face of political and economic corruption.
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