Newsom says the organization plans to ‘demonstrate’ until the NYC vaccine mandate ‘ends’.
A leader of the Greater New York chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement is chasing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for residents and the vaccine passport process, equating it to “modern-day freedom letters”. Huh.
Black Lives Matter Greater NY co-founder Chivona Newsom, who also ran as a candidate for New York’s 15th Congressional District in 2020, spoke out against the “racist” mandate in a statement to Granthshala News.
“Although Mayor Bill de Blasio walked on progressive values, nothing in his term would substantiate his campaign promises,” Newsom said. “The September 13 vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. Vaccination passports are modern day freedom letters, limiting the free will of black people.”
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Newsom accused de Blasio of failing to “protect New York’s most vulnerable” during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that “social distancing and mask requirements resulted in black New Yorkers being brutalized and arrested, While their white neighbors got masks and refreshments.”
“Vaccination essentially infringes on the civil liberties of the black community,” Newsom claimed. “It is much more than a place where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in a loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, black health care workers and teachers will be losing their jobs.”
According to Newsom, de Blasio was “absolutely aware of the hesitation and distrust of people of African descent regarding vaccination and their interactions with government and law enforcement,” yet he sought “to disenfranchise those people.” and chose to coerce those who had chosen him into poverty and second-class citizenship.”
Newsom vowed to stop the vaccine mandate from being used as “a free pass to racism” and said Black Lives Matter Greater NY plans to “demonstrate” until the vaccine mandate is “expired” .
“It is the duty of Black Lives Matter Greater NY to fight for the freedom of black people,” Newsom told Granthshala News. “The Vaccination Passport will not be a free pass for racism. Our organization pledges to protest until the vaccine mandate ends.”
mandate, announced As of early August, it required that both employees and customers in certain categories of businesses such as restaurants, gyms and movie theaters provide proof that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to enter.
But ever since the rule came into force, there have been reports of disputes at several establishments, which have also been burdened with the front lines of its enforcement.
Such controversy sparked a demonstration Monday in front of Carmine’s Italian restaurant by BLM Greater NY, where protesters demanded justice for black women who were allegedly denied entry.