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Solutions for Economically Distressed Americans

On November 14, 2011 the Seattle City Council passed resolution 31337, sponsored by Councilmember Nick Licata, supporting the peaceful exercise of the First Amendment and seeking solutions for economically distressed Americans at the federal and local levels. Across America, the income gap is widening and citizens are demanding that unfair and bias financial practices be examined and eliminated.

While this resolution does not necessarily support one movement, the Seattle City Council recognizes the rights of community members to have their voices heard, and shares many of the concerns of protesters participating in the national "Occupy" movements. As a result, the Council has adopted an applied approach to address financial inequalities and unfair practices within the City of Seattle.

The purposes of this resolution are threefold:

  • To recognize the peaceful and lawful right of "Occupy Seattle", and others, to express their First Amendment rights.
  • To examine the structural causes of the economic crisis and the role of the City in developing public policy that addresses this crisis. 
  • To request that our Congressional leaders also work to generate solutions.

Resolution 31337 accepts responsibility for several decades of public policy that have resulted in the top 1% of income earners controlling 40% of the wealth in the United States. Recognizing the role of government in facilitating the current economic crisis, the Seattle City Council will undertake a series of assessments aimed at correcting unfair practices. Among the priorities, a review of City banking practices, an examination of predatory patterns in local home foreclosures, and initiatives that address economic inequality due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender.


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National Action:

  • Binghamton, NY
    A resolution authorizing the divestment of City of Binghamton accounts from JP Morgan Chase

  • Cleveland, OH
    A resolution supporting the principles of the Occupy Movement and the peaceful and lawful exercise of the First Amendment

  • Haverstraw, NY
    A resolution urging JP Morgan Chase to develop fair lending practices throughout New York

  • Ithaca, NY
    A resolution urging JP Morgan Chase to develop fair lending practices throughout New York
  • Los Angeles, CA
    An ordinance to provide for the establishment of a responsible Banking Investment Monitoring Program
    A resolution in support for the continuation of the peaceful and vibrant exercise in first amendment rights carried out by "Occupy Los Angeles"
  • National League of Cities
    A resolution urging city governments to require transparent, responsible banking from their city's financial service providers
  • Oakland, CA
    A resolution supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest movement
  • San Francisco, CA
    A resolution supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest movement and the people's right to peaceful assembly
  • Teamsters
    Occupy Wall Street Resolution


  • Map - Mother Jones' updated map of the anti-Wall Street protests unfolding worldwide


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