The Los Angeles Metropolis Council will vote right this moment on a decision to strongly condemn “the egregious actions of (Russian) President Vladimir Putin for ordering the invasion of Ukraine.”
The decision — which was led by Councilman Paul Koretz and launched by 5 Metropolis Council members — additionally features a name for worldwide or federal divestment of all holdings from, and investments in, Russia.
It additional condemns Putin’s actions and people of any nation that helps Russia, or helps publicly traded Russian firms, actual property or non-public fairness.
“With the Russians marching on Kyiv, there may be not a second to lose,” Koretz mentioned when the movement was launched on March 1.
“We should use each lever at our disposal, monetary or in any other case, to inform Vladimir Putin this unprovoked invasion is unacceptable. Significantly after the previous two years of COVID, the worldwide group must work collectively to refresh and rebuild our economies, not assault and destroy. Putin should be stopped.”
Koretz launched the decision with Council President Nury Martinez, Councilwomen Monica Rodriguez and Nithya Raman, and Councilman Kevin de León.
“The town of Los Angeles stands firmly with Ukraine and its folks and strongly condemns President Putin’s reckless actions towards Ukraine,” the decision states.
The decision consists of help and celebration of Los Angeles’ Russian group, tradition and native Russian-owned companies.
Councilman Joe Buscaino, who seconded the decision, additionally launched a movement on March 1 geared toward declaring Ukraine’s capital metropolis Kyiv a Los Angeles Sister Metropolis as a gesture of solidarity. If Kyiv is asserted a sister metropolis, Los Angeles would be capable of ship retired metropolis items, together with fireplace vehicles and ambulances.
“The world continues to be horrified by the pictures and movies coming from Kyiv, Ukraine; nonetheless, folks throughout the globe have additionally been impressed by the resilience and fortitude of the folks of Ukraine together with President Volodymyr Zelensky — on a regular basis residents who’ve taken a stand for his or her nation, democracy and freedom,” Buscaino mentioned.
“A sister cities relationship is a ‘people-to-people’ program geared toward establishing better friendship and understanding with peoples of different nations and that relationship allows town to donate retired metropolis items corresponding to fireplace vehicles and ambulances,” he added. “Los Angeles ought to do all the things in its energy to help the folks of Ukraine of their struggle for our shared values of self-determination, democracy, and freedom.”
The movement to make Kyiv a Los Angeles Sister Metropolis was not instantly scheduled for a vote.