Sharpton Rips Senate Coalition For Denying Power To Senators of Color

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The Rev. Al Sharpton is weighing on the new power structure in the state Senate between Republicans and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference.

He doesn’t like it and plans to rally against it, saying it denies rightful power to minority members and Democrats, who when the counting is done probably won 33 seats.

He plans a rally Saturday at its Harlem headquarters. The IDC added its first black member on Tuesday, former Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens. The rest are all white.

“It is a fact that President Obama won New York by the second largest plurality in the nation after Vermont, and by all accounts it would appear that there will be 33 Democratic Senators and 30 Republican Senators elected to the New York State Senate,” Sharpton said in a statement.

“Within the body of the Democratic Senators there are 15 Senators of color, including the current Minority Leader. Throughout the entire history of New York State, it has always held true that the party with the majority of Senators runs New York’s Senate. In this instance, come January 1, 15 Senators of color should hold critical Senate Chairmanships on committees such as housing, criminal justice, the judiciary and education, acting upon policies consistent with President Obama and the lifeblood of Black and Brown New Yorkers.”

He said that for the coalition to “brazenly ignore tradition and history in the State Senate, and effectively deny these legislators of color what is rightfully theirs: the ability to chair committees and pursue policies and initiatives that reflect the will of the people is a perversion of justice. This means that policy and resource discussion on issues such as Stop and Frisk, affordable housing and rebuilding the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy will be led by Senators from Upstate New York rather than those Senators whose communities are most directly impacted by these policies and events.”

“Moreover,” he continued, “it would be enormously troubling for any leader in this state to allow such a miscarriage of justice and obstruction of the will of the people to go forward. I am consulting with New York elected leaders interested in ensuring that justice and fairness prevails, and we will kick off a campaign this Saturday towards this end at the House of Justice.”

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  1. Who cares what Al Sharpton thinks I DON”T

    This is not say I don’t respect him, he is a leader in his community and a card carrying members of the “Progressive Liberal 1%”

    He is a member of the 1% and has “Power Meals” which is a good thing for him and “OTHERS” who need his “HELP”

    But when he starts all this Racial stuff I turn him off, this all about politics and not about the color of your skin.

    As I said before I believe there will be more committee’s established and that the “Regular” Democ”RATS” will be heading some.

    BTW Al have you paid all your back taxes yet ? ?

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Interested Citizen on

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    With respect to the NYS Legislature: Competance before Color.

  3. SharptonTheShamster on

    The more these media outlets report on this fool the longer he will keep playing the race card to advance his own self worth and pocketbook. Do any of the people he supposedly “represents” actually think Sharpton gives a rats a$$ about them?? News Flash folks… Al cares about Al, always has, always will, even if he has to make stuff up to keep his image alive. And he has been caught lying plenty of times… But he’s got a big mouth and a stupid audience that hangs on his every word. Isn’t there some crazy person out there whose Bucket List includes taking this fool out? Hopefully Jesse Jackson is on that guys list too..