NAACP Statement on “Occupy Wall Street”October 24, 2011
Association "Shares protesters’ concerns about the growing disparity in the access of wealth in America"
• The creation and expansion of employment opportunities through job formation and support of small business development, support and growth;
• Job creation through government and private investments in infrastructure, school construction and refurbishing projects, and the renovation and preservation of abandoned or foreclosed homes and properties;
• Decent, livable wages for all workers, including the right by employees to collectively bargain for adequate pensions, health care and other benefits;
• The protection of essential services to low and middle-income Americans and investments in our nation’s human capital;
• The fair opportunity for small and minority-owned businesses to obtain government contracts;
• The abolishment of predatory financial services, such as exploitative payday loans and unsustainable and discriminatory mortgage and lending products;
• Access to a safe, secure and affordable home for all Americans;
• Opposition to barriers to homeownership including exorbitant down-payments, predatory terms and continued housing segregation;
• Programs and policies which encourage wealth building and preservation, including housing counseling for Americans facing foreclosure, those wishing to purchase a home, renters and the homeless; and a strong government role in the secondary mortgage market which also serves to protect the interests of all homebuyers, encourages housing fairness and discourages discrimination; and
• Opposition to corporate subsidies that favor multinational corporations or encourage the outsourcing of jobs overseas.