Chinese and Hispanic Community Activists to Councilmember Sara Gonzalez: "Does she think we are all fools?"
Chinese and Hispanic residents of Sunset Park do nto seem happy with Council Member Sara Gonzalez's justification for her rezoning plan of Sunset Park...or her support of developers who have contributed thousands of dollars to her campaign. From David Galarza's campaign:
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE DAVID GALARZA, CHINESE AND LATINO LEADERS AND RESIDENTS DENOUNCE STATEMENTS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER GONZALEZ
Brooklyn, NY — March 23, 2009 — David Galarza, City Council candidate for the 38th district, was joined today by leaders and residents of the local Latino and Chinese community in denouncing misleading comments recently made by Council Member Sara Gonzalez about affordable housing in the district and the rezoning of Sunset Park. read more »
"Work? Work is my mother working 16 hours a day in a sweatshop, and my father working in a restaurant all day every day," he said. What I have to do - going to campaign events, meeting people and shaking hands, talking issues with journalists, this is fun.
(Note: Cross-posted from my website)
For generations, politicians across the spectrum have claimed to appeal to the "middle class." They have touted their "middle class values" and asserted that their programs - and only their programs - would benefit this "middle class." The problem is, nobody has bothered to define exactly what the "middle class" is. To complicate things even further, most polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans consider themselves to be "middle class."
By dividing Americans into "lower," "middle" and "upper" classes, we get what is probably the broadest definition of "middle class." Under this definition (which we haven't yet completed), one-third of all Americans are "middle class." The simplest methods for dividing us are by income or by wealth. Since wealth is not only far more difficult to determine, and also far more variable (witness the tremendous wealth losses experienced in just the past few months), let us define "middle class" according to household income. read more »
My friend Elizabeth Upton teaches English as a Second Language at LaGuardia Community College. I went to her class to talk to them about what new things people are trying to do with technology to foster a more participatory democracy.
I have a longer post on my field trip, I just wanted to give you the students clips first.
Here's Susana (Colombia) with a question about terrorism:
Olga (Uzbekistan) on the future of the middle class:
And Miguel Ángel (Mexico) on drug trafficking:
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