Endorse Bill de Blasio for the next MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY!!!
Bill de Blasio, holds a B.A. from New York University and a Masters from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is an all-around nice, down-to-earth, family man, who is approachable, has a strong background, and is just the right person for the position. Plain and simple.
“The Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 10th is more than just an election. It is a chance to bring an end to economic and social inequality, and to truly address the struggles of working families. Bill de Blasio will lead us into a new era- where our City belongs to all of us!”
Polls are open 6 am to 9pm.
Vote Primarias democratas, martes, 10 de septiembre.
Los lugares de votacion estaran abiertos de 6am a 9pm.
De Blasio, and a dozen others, including City Councilman Stephen Levin, were arrested for protesting the closing of Long Island College Hospital. He and "Boardwalk Empire" actor, Steve Buscemi, also got arrested back in 2003 to protest the closure of many firehouses so soon after 9/11.
Peter and Mary Max, Michael McHale and Matthew Doull along with Steve Buscemi, Peter Jacobson, Debra Messing, and Olivia Wilde sponsored the event of the week (and that is saying a lot considering we are in the heart of Fashion Week and the US Open).
An evening with Bill de Blasio, Candidate for Mayor of New York City, was held at The Peter Max Art Studio on West 65th Street on Thursday, September 5, 2013.
Bill de Blasio:
“First to Mary and Peter Max, advocates for the humane treatment of all animals, thank you for being a supporter. Peter has had a huge impact on American culture and is a New York treasure.
To Matthew and Michael, you took on a tough mission, and brought extraordinary people together.
To Peter Jacobson, actor on “House” who will get the final word tonight.
To Steve Buscemi, who although has a day job as a successful actor, always finds time to support communities in need. It never occurs to him to say, ‘I’m too busy.’
Steve and I were both arrested protesting the closure of the fire houses in 2003. The police officers would tell us, “we hate to arrest you, because we are on your side, but we have to and we have to fingerprint you.” Then they would ask Steve if they could take a picture with him.
I am very appreciative to all of you. This is when all the work of elections comes together. We are down to the last days. No one can ever be 100 percent sure until it happens. We received 150 new volunteers in one day last week.
Why have people come to the conclusion that they need a change?
In the last debate, a fundamental question was, ‘Do we keep the city the way it is? or change it?
46 percent of New Yorkers are, or are near, the poverty line, further deeping inequality. We need to challenge powerful interests. Growing inequality is not sustainable. There are too many people being left out. There is no chance that their children can do better than them.
I’m not trying to be a reductionist, because we have to recognize the depth of the challenge we are facing.
LaGuardia felt it was his obligation to find a pathway out.
Trusting the people. Constantly educating. A way forward. I say this with humility.
We have to tax the wealthy. It is not punitive, not mean, it is necessary. There is a strong stock market now. We need to help fix the schools. Help after school programs. Help transformation. Competitive nations are focusing on education. I plan to invest $150 million annually into the City University of New York in order to lower tuition and to improve degree programs.
Plan to start supporting businesses, and a new reality for affordable housing.
There is a hunger and urgency to make NYC a place for every kind of person. A chance to create. The greatest achievements come from the people who had the least. Create affordable housing. I want NYC to be a city for everyone.
Policing: Regarding: ‘Stop and Frisk’ You can’t have a city that works when people feel their children are treated like criminals when they didn’t do anything wrong. It is not American in terms of values.
New York is a city that believes in fairness despite it’s rough exterior. People want a sense of opportunity. To feel it is a place for everyone.
The hard part begins now, the drama hasn’t yet unfolded. We can get the message out clearly, but only if people make it happen.”
Article by Sharon Abella
Editor of One World Cinema
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not in any way represent the views of my employer or any other entity.