Good morning, Councilmembers. I am here to thank Councilmember Johnson for Resolution 140106, the resolution urging the United States Congress to pass Senate Bill 1410, entitled the Smarter Sentencing Act, which provides for fairer drug sentencing guidelines.
We should be investigating sentencing for drug offenses, as we have an opium war in the combination of actions in the illegal importation of drugs, in drug money laundering in our financial facilities, and the privatization of prisons where corporate managers and shareholders demand that their prisons are kept full at all times to enhance their investments and monetary value. We cannot tolerate the monetary financial system intrusion in the justice system in our economy and in the operation of this city. The financial system impacts our constitutional rights and liberties.
I ask that the City Council create the resolution urging the United States Congress to reinstate the Glass-Steagall standard in U.S. banking, mindful that every day the Congress fails to reinstate the Glass-Steagall standard in U.S. banking is the national security crisis.