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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mayor de Blasio and "1st Lady" Chirlane Mcrary: "Tax Rich to help our Children"...

reports DailyNews:

Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray on Tuesday ramped up the rhetoric in the Albany showdown over his embattled tax the-rich plan, evoking the emotional struggle for civil rights while pleading their case to a crowd of black clergy.

“Make no mistake, this is the defining civil rights issue of our day," McCray said to loud applause at the famed Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn.chrilane and bill.jpg
"Universal pre-kindergarten and after school programs are essential to our children's future, are essential to our future."

In a later part of the speech, she quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, who was a close ally of the Bedford Stuyvesant church's late pastor, Rev. William Jones.

"As Dr. King said, 'Now is the time to make justice a reality for all God's children.' We need this program. We've got a plan for the program. So let's get with the program," said McCray, pictured at right at the breakfast with de Blasio.
"Its time for us to show the world that we cannot, and will not, be ignored. Let's raise our voices as one people. And we've got to be loud. We have got to be insistent, and we cannot stop. We are powerful."
She urged the 200 clergy in attendance to "take what you hear today back to your congregations. Let us make pre-kindergarten a reality for all of our children."

De Blasio also referenced the civil right movement, quoting the 19th African American orator Frederick Douglass.

"Didn't the great man [Douglass] once tell us, 'power yields nothing without demand?' So we, in this time, have demanded something different for our children and we won't accept an education system that doesn’t support them," he said.

His words come a day after State Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos said he would refuse to bring de Blasio's plan - which must be approved by the state legislature - to a vote. Gov. Cuomo also doesn't support de Blasio's plan, which would fund early childhood expansion through a tax on city residents making over $500,000 a year. READ MORE

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