Sunday, October 16, 2011
10/17: ABQ City Councilor Rey Garduño to Intro Proclamation Supporting We Are 99%-Occupy Wall Street Movement
Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño (District 6) has announced that he will be introducing a proclamation (pdf) at the Albuquerque City Council meeting that starts at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 17, at One Civic Plaza. The document states that the governing body of the City of Albuquerque recognizes "We Are The 99%," and stands with the Occupy Wall Street movement, listing the reasons why.
In the video clip above, taken at Satuday's Occupy Albuquerque demonstration on Central Avenue in the Nob Hill area, Councilor Garduño discusses the proclamation and his reasons for presenting it to the City Council.
"This is amazing what is happening. And I had my ear to a lot of this work that has been being done by the folks down the street -- Occupy Wall Street but also Occupy Albuquerque," Garduño said. "It's really grown to an amazing number. We can't deny what people are saying anymore. I have taken it upon myself and the constituents that I represent in the city to say we need to lift this up. We need to make sure folks understand that these are people that are speaking for all of us -- the 99%."
"They are talking about what we need to do to make sure we're heard," Garduno continued. "No longer are we going to be silent. I will present a proclamation on Monday to the City Council supporting Occupy Wall Street - Occupy Albuquerque." Garduño explained that "over 800 cities and towns in this country have said yes, we support, we affirm, Occupy Wall Street. And that their demands are very clear, despite what the mainstream media is saying." Garduño added that, "it's nonsense" that they are leaderless and that nobody understands what they are saying.
"The 99% are being led by the 99%. They are saying 'listen to us'. In New Mexico alone there are groups in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Las Cruces, Farmington and Roswell." Garduño urged folks in Albuquerque to come to the City Council chambers on Monday, when he plans to present the proclamation. "I'd love to have people come down and support it," he said.
Way to go, Rey! One important role that this discussion at the Albuquerque City Council level should play is in guiding how the Albuquerque Police Department is responding to Occupy Albuquerque. Are the protesters considered a threat in need of being brutally pepper-sprayed and fired upon with rubber bullets like Marty oversaw against the 2002 anti-Iraq war protests in Albuquerque? Or is this an opportunity for public safety officials to facilitate peaceful / law-abiding protesters' freedoms of speech?
Here's a great video about how we love to talk the talk in America, but our walk leaves much to be desired.
Posted by: Young Dem | Oct 17, 2011 2:37:24 PM