City Of Cleveland Announces Support For Occupy Wall Street

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…


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.

Section 3.
That this Council requests our Congressional leaders generate solutions for economically distressed Americans.

Section 4.
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.

Section 5.
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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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


Judy G.
Judy G.3 years ago

I havent been to Cleveland, I dont think. But I'm very proud of them.

Ruth Anastacia Adamcik

I am a proud Cleveland girl who has lived here all my life. I have seen what the Republican, pro-corporate administrations of Mayors Perk and Voinovich have done to our once great city. Our Democratic Mayor Jackson is still working on cleaning up the mess of the aforementioned administrations. I'm so proud that my city is supporting Occupy!

Boony McHugh
Reverend Boony3 years ago

Long live the occupy movement.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.3 years ago


Darlene B.
Darlene W.3 years ago

By the way, when I say 'where's my 12 gauge' that's for my land. When you pay my taxes then you can tell me what to do, until then 'Git off my land!'

Darlene B.
Darlene W.3 years ago

Bless all who support OWS. With the way the government is destroying this country, something needs to be done. What better than the 'people' standing up for their rights. 'Guess we're gonna hafta go back to da ole' days--where's my 12 gauge.' lol

Aliceandthecat Ts
3 years ago

Mic Check. Go Cleveland, together, we are the 99%!!!!

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti3 years ago

I was born in Cleveland and am so proud to see that the city is supporting the OWS movement.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer3 years ago

Spread the protest.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.