Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and his colleague, Jumaane Williams, are pushing their City Council colleagues to sign on to their resolution supporting the Occupy Wall Street protests. The Politicker discussed the resolution with both councilmen as they attended the Occupy Wall Street protests in Duarte Square this weekend.
“I already have 15 council members that have signed on to this resolution,” Councilman Rodriguez said. “I would like to see our speaker, Christine Quinn, helping us move forward on this resolution so that New York City can send an official statement of support as other cities have passed resolutions of support to the Occupy movement.”
Councilman Rodriguez introduced the resolution November 29 with the support of Councilman Williams and Councilwoman Tish James.
“I think I was the second to sign it,” Councilman Williams said. “Ydanis was first, so he gets it and then we’re all supporting him.”
Councilman Williams also said he hoped Speaker Quinn would sign on to the resolution.
“I hope so, I think it’s a shame if the City Council cannot pass that resolution. This is one of the most liberal councils in the state, this is one of the most liberal councils period,” Councilman Williams said. “For them not to do a resolution of support like we’ve done in other cities, I think, would be a travesty.”
Councilman Rodriguez’s resolution calls for the City Council to declare that it “supports the peaceful and vibrant exercise of First Amendment rights being carried out by ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters and supports their goal of ending economic inequality in the United States.” Similar resolutions have been issued by councils in cities around the world including Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Buffalo and Edinburgh, Scotland, among others.
Both Councilman Rodriguez and Councilman Williams have been prominent political supporters of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Councilman Rodriguez was arrested while attending the NYPD’s raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park November 15. Councilman Williams was also arrested while participating in an act of civil disobedience in support of the movement two days later.