On the 11th day of protests, members of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement have been offered support by a dedicated City Council member in their fight against corruption and corporate greed.
New York City Councilman Charles Barron came out to support the growing “Occupy Wall Street” movement because of his belief in the movement’s central message and his knowledge of the vulnerabilities millions of Americans and New Yorkers face on a daily basis.
Barron told The Christian Post, “We are up against a monster, we are up against a strong enemy and that is capitalism, greed, and prioritizing that greed over the need of the vulnerable people in this society.”
Barron discussed with the CP the size of the national, local, and state budgets arguing that they still leave millions of New Yorkers in poverty and that they offer little to no money to provide social services to citizens such as day care centers, senior centers, hospitals, and the myriad of other things that he believes communities need to function and prosper.
Barron argued against mismanagement of the budget saying, “You can build Yankee stadium, you build the Mets a stadium, you can build the Nets and arena to play ball, and you don’t have money for the people?”
Beyond budgets, Barron believes that stimulus money should go past banks and Wall Street and work to bail out citizens in need.
Furthermore, Barron feels that the federal government needs to end wars that are "killing and bombing innocent people" arguing that money spent on costly wars abroad needs to be brought home and spent on local concerns.
Barron notably stated, “I am here to say America needs a radical change, a radical change, in its economic and social and political order and this is the beginning of it.”
Barron represents the 42nd District of New York City in the New York City Council. The 42nd district includes parts of East New York, Brownsville, East Flatbush, and Canarsie.
He is a Democrat that has been a social activist for 25 years. He is well known for his support of beliefs in affirmative action, reparations for slavery, and Ebonics training for teachers.
Other notable people have come out in support of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement include filmmaker and social activist Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon.
Moore came to the base of the movement, New York’s Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, on Monday evening to tell protestors, “Change has to start somewhere. Why not here?”
Susan Sarandon also came out to the park on Tuesday morning and said of the movement, “It never changes from the top, it only changes from the bottom, and this is great.”
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