This past Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, along with some local elected officials – such as Kings County Democratic Party Chair Assemblyman Vito Lopez – and labor unions held a rally at Borough Hall in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Assemblyman Lopez, who in recent years has battled cancer, along with corruption investigations, was one of the city’s first major political figures to come out in favor of the demonstrators’ presence in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.
“There is no doubt that Americans—those in the ‘99 percent’—are hurting,” went the BP’s statement on Brooklyn’s official website. “And we can all agree that some of the issues being raised by these protests, including the creation and preservation of jobs, higher wages for the working class, penalties against companies that outsource jobs overseas, affordable health insurance and protection of Social Security and Medicare, are concerns we can all rally around and that need to be heard and addressed by our leaders.”
A recent New York Times/CBS poll found that 46% of the public think the views of OWS reflects the sentiment of most Americans.
What do you think?