So Sad. Andrea Batista Schlesinger Is Hired By Bloomberg Campaign.
Perhaps it's not true It's True! Drum Major Institute Director Andrea Batista Schlesinger has been hired by Mayor Bloomberg's Re-Election Campaign according to many reports. Liz B has the resignation letter and more here .
The Drum Major Institute , under Schlesinger has been an active and useful center of progressive thought. The Bloomberg administration has -- for the last eight years -- been a model of government for and by the rich against the rest of us.
Will Mr. Bloomberg change under the sway of a new adviser? Will Ms. Schlesinger become an apologist for Mr. Bloomberg's racist stop and frisk policing? Will she become a defender of race-based marijuana arrests? Will she defend housing for the rich? The fact the Ms Schlesinger was hired by the campaign is a clear statement that Mr. Bloomberg's campaign will run toward the left. Will he begin to govern from the left? Well his proposed budget shows no sign of it thus far. Perhaps some progressive adviser will suggest less regressive funding scenarios. See also Errol Lewis in Thursday's Daily News Want more? Review the issues from the point of view of DMI Board Member Tom Watson who supports Ms. Schlesinger's decision (Hat tip: Liz B) Stay tuned. Not a prank.
Ms. Schlesinger will go leave of absence the Drum Major Institute announces and be replaced on an interim basis by Mark Winston Griffith (also a very smart thinker -- in my view).
We are extremely proud to announce that Mark Winston Griffith , currently DMI's Senior Fellow in Economic Justice, will serve as Interim Executive Director. Mark is a community economic justice activist and journalist whose articles have appeared in dozens of publications including the New York Times, the Nation, the New York Daily News, the Village Voice, the Source, Spin magazine and Essence magazine. Mark is also a columnist with Gotham Gazette, a board member of Free Speech TV based in Denver Colorado, and a board member of City Futures, which includes City Limits magazine and the Center for an Urban Future.
From 2005 to 2007, Mark served as the co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, a leading economic justice advocacy group. Prior to that he served for twelve years as the founding Executive Director of the Central Brooklyn Partnership, a grassroots economic self-determination organization, and was the founding board chair of the Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union. The Los Angeles Times' Ron Brownstein called Mark a "fresh voice" on economic security policy. Mark was the recipient of the Union Square Award and has also received awards from Crain's New York Business, Black Enterprise magazines, Fortune Magazine and New York Magazine. Mark has served as a DMI Fellow since 2005.