In December, the New Orleans Palestinian Solidarity Committee presented to the New Orleans City Council a draft resolution supporting the city's divestment from companies engaged in human rights abuses.
New Orleans is among the first cities in the south to pass a measure that encourages the city avoid contracting with companies involved with human rights abuses in the U.S. and abroad, part of a global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement taking aim at U.S. support for Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution urging City Hall to evaluate the city's corporate interests and contracts in their relation to companies' records on human, labor and civil rights, among other benchmarks.
Local organizers began to push city and state leaders after President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration in 2017, and again after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, disrupting diplomatic efforts abroad and Palestinians' recognition of a Palestinian state.
"commits itself to protect, respect, and fulfill the full range of inherent human rights for all, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and numerous other international human rights instruments" and encourages the "creation of a process to review direct investments and contracts for inclusion on, or removal from, the City's list of corporate securities and contractual partners."
The task of reviewing those contracts and securities likely will be handled by the New Orleans Human Relations Commission
The resolution was cosigned by District B Councilmember and Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, Councilmembers At-Large Stacy Head and Jason Williams, District D Councilmember Jared Brossett, and District E Councilmember James Gray.