Why NY Lawmakers Are Marching Against Wall Street

Here’s a 2-minute video featuring Councilwoman Tish James of Brooklyn and others explaining why they are rallying against Wall Street today and pushing the mayor to roll back service cuts he proposed in his budget.

“It’s time that we march on Wall Street,” said James, who referred to them as “the people who were responsible for this recession.”

Councilwoman Debi Rose said, “We are not going to allow the mayor to break the unions,” and “they are going to feel the wrath of working people in New York City.”

Video after the jump.

Expected to march from City Hall to Wall Street today are Reverend Al Sharpton, Public Advocate Bil de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, UFT President Michael Mulgrew and others.

In the past, Mayor Bloomberg has criticized New York lawmakers who bash Wall Street, saying it’s hurtful and not the kind of treatment you’d expect to see. He equated it with the way Michigan lawmakers defend the auto industry, and Texas lawmakers defend the oil industry.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Has Al Sharpton paid the millions he owes in back taxes and fines ?

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    The Legislative Budget is Too Damn High

  2. Anonymous says:

    What started out to be a spirited, gutsy and courageous protest with promise is doomed to failure now that the “establishment” politicians are joining in to get face time on TV. They should have been denied participation.

    Many of these council members do not have a backbone when left on their own. They have a cushy job and don’t make waves.

    The so-called “wave makers” like Charles Barron who screamed and ranted against the killing of term limits went on to run for a third term anyway saying he was the best. Some principles. He, too, will join in the fun — never missing a photo op.

    And what about those unions? Union executives make handsome salaries – rivaling many on
    Wall Street while the workers continue to earn little. They need to be exposed.

    This was supposed to represent a new beginning – not more of the same.

    Azi, I am disappointed that this report has no depth or insight. You can do better than that.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What started out to be a spirited, gutsy and courageous protest with promise is doomed to failure now that the “establishment” politicians are joining in to get face time on TV. They should have been denied participation.

    Many of these council members do not have a backbone when left on their own. They have a cushy job and don’t make waves.

    The so-called “wave makers” like Charles Barron who screamed and ranted against the killing of term limits went on to run for a third term anyway saying he was the best. Some principles. He, too, will join in the fun — never missing a photo op.

    And what about those unions? Union executives make handsome salaries – rivaling many on
    Wall Street while the workers continue to earn little. They need to be exposed.

    This was supposed to represent a new beginning – not more of the same.

    Azi, I am disappointed that this report has no depth or insight. You can do better than that.