Multiple Pols Arrested at LaGuardia Labor Protest

Congressman Charlie Rangel, before his arrest.
Congressman Charlie Rangel, before his arrest.

Police arrested New York Congressman Charles Rangel and 29 others, including City Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day-themed labor protest at LaGuardia Airport this afternoon.

The representatives had joined airport workers from the building workers’ union SEIU 32BJ as they gathered outside the airport to demand greater protections, including increased wages, health benefits, paid sick days, and the right to a paid holiday on Martin Luther King Day. In an act of intentional civil disobedience, the protesters staged a sit-in across the 94th Street bridge to LaGuardia, blocking traffic to and from the airport. Continue reading “Multiple Pols Arrested at LaGuardia Labor Protest”

Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy

The rally for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito today.
The rally for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito today.

A collective of Latino elected officials and labor leaders rallied to boost Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy today, comparing her to President Barack Obama and celebrating her closeness with organized labor.

The rally, held at the headquarters of 32BJ SEIU, served as a reminder to the many council members who were not backing Ms. Mark-Viverito that influential forces were coalescing around her candidacy. Continue reading “Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy”