Posted 6 months ago on Sept. 11, 2013, 11:47 a.m. EST by grimwomyn (35) from New York, NY
A right-wing website warned earlier this month, in reference to mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, “Occupy Wall Street may soon occupy New York’s City Hall.” Get out your tents, folks.
Yesterday’s primary election has just about assured that de Blasio will be the next mayor of New York. De Blasio surged ahead to the front of a crowded race in recent weeks by fashioning himself as champion of the downtrodden — to the point of getting himself arrested in protest of a hospital closure. In his youth, he was active in struggles against U.S. military policy in Latin America and nuclear power plants, and more recently, he has made overtures to sympathizers of Occupy Wall Street. In August he told The Wall Street Journal that “As mayor … I would work to build spaces where OWS and government officials could communicate and discuss ways to address their demands.” He has also been highly critical of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s brute-force method of eliminating the occupation at Zuccotti Park, calling it, in an interview with The Nation, “a very troubling precedent.”