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Responding to Mayor Bloomberg's Veto of the Community Safety Act

Once again this chief executive of our great city has seen fit to oppose the will of the people. Just as he ignored the two occasions in which the citizens of our city had refused to extend term limits. The irony of the current situation is that some people seeking to be our cities next chief "public administrator" were involved with Mr. Bloomberg's extended term_ my bible says "woe to the hypocrite".

In order to maintain his status within his elite network Bloomberg did what was in his perceived best interest.
Members of the Knickerbocker club, the Rand Corp., The Links and the infamous "Manhattan Institute" should be proud of their pet puppet! Once again this polarizing elitist has shown hid distance , his disdain and disregard for the citizens of marginalized communities of color in our city.
 The social and economic gulf that exist between marginalized communities within our city and his priviliged environmental factors play a critical role in shaping our internal value system.

As this mayor soars high above this "constitutional crisis" that he has presided over for three consecutive terms, flying high in his private plane to the Bahamas or to London, he does not have to witness: illegal, unconstitutional street encounters between citizens and agents of his N.Y.P.D. who he and his police commissioner have permitted to exceed the guidelines set forth in Terry v. Ohio. As this arrogant business tycoon soars above the results of ill conceived policy_he has never been compelled to confront the consequences of profiling.

As his daugther travelled from her upper eastside residence to her riding school, Mayor Bloomberg never had to worry about her being accosted by overzealous police officers. It has never occured to him how it would cause him to feel if his beloved daughter shared the fate of profiling victim, little"Anne Frank."

In the face of the recent damning report compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union: this Mayor had the audacity to state that" white New Yorkers are stopped too frequently; and that more citizens of color shoul be accosted." As a bridge player this Mayor should know that weather the  race card is played from the right or the left it produces no winning social contract, never.

In Plessy v. Ferguson U.S 163.537 [1896]; Hon. Justice Harlan wrote in his dissenting opinion: "In view of the constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior dominant ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. Our constitution is color-blind and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens, In respect of civil rights all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful. The law regards man as man and takes no account of his/her surroundings or of his/her color when his/her civil rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved. Subsequently, on July 28th, 1967 President Lydon B. Johnson appointed the 11 member "Kerner" commission to inquire into the basic causes of civil disorders across our nation__one of the commissions conclusions was that "our nation is moving toward two societies one black one white_separate and unequal." Another primary concern was the issue of "illegal" police brutality. On the local level New York City has had the Knapp and the Mollen commissions both concluding that the N.Y.P.D. should not be left to police itself and that independant oversight was needed.

When on this mayors watch a ring of rogue cops emerge engaging in the interstate smuggling of guns; slot machines and cigarettes, when one cop falls on the sword, gets a slap on the wrist, and we don't even hear the word RICO - something is wrong. When in the past thirty years: every decade the top one percent has increased their wealth by one hundred percent: we need a re-evaluation of asset/income distribution.

When the current mayor has to sue the current comptroller for not signing onto a "sweetheart" contract worth millions, awarded to a firmran by the former housing commissioner Hess; to maintain a failed shelter system instead of providing "permanent, truly affordable housing."

It is past time for impoverished communities to organize, to mobilized to send our business persons back into private business, where they can continue to place "profit before people."

The people of New York City are in dire need of a cadre of public administrators in our electorial seats_From the ranks of our best and our brightest we need young committed "public administrator's" committied to our common good.

Sisters and brothers let's stand tall together in the quest for justice. As a tribute to Ramarley Graham and Trayvon Martin. Let's over-ride this Mayor's arrogant veto_so that he can take this defeat back to the private sector, where he belonged in the first place.

Jean Rice
Board Member
Civil Rights Leader
Picture the Homeless

Ryan E.Gibbs