Hundreds of union members and their supporters [including members of Make the Road New York] marched from City Hall to Wall Street yesterday to protest Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts -- including 4,100 teacher layoffs.
They also targeted the financial industry for its role in the recession.
"I wanted to march today with the teachers, with union workers, to say to Wall Street that the battle has to come to you," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"You recovered, you have now given out more bonuses than many of our schools have budgets for."
Labor leaders and other advocates are pushing to hike taxes on the wealthy to stave off budget cuts.
United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew said, "The mayor needs to make the choice to use the surplus that belongs to the City of New York and to stop playing political games with children's future."
Mayor Bloomberg responded it would have been "more useful" if the demonstrators had joined him in Albany to protest reductions in state aid.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.