|Zephyr Teachout left at halt our the library sales rally with Citizens Defending Libraries|
Democratic Candidate for NY Governor Zephyr Teachout at Citizens Defending Libraries News Conference, Sept.6, 2014 from Michael D'Elia on Vimeo.
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Here are more pictures from the rally extracted from the video:
|Tim Wu's "Master Switch" - Relevant to the libraries|
|Researcher Linda Casey|
|Maria Roca from Sunset Park where the Sunset Park is one of the city's libraries threatened with redevelopment to turn it into a mixed-use real estate development|
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|Barry C. Lynn in photo from article about the rally below|
Earlier the same day of the rally Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu appeared on the same steps of the 42nd Street Library to receive the endorsement of economist Jeffrey D. Sachs, see pictures below.
|Zephyr Teachout and Mark Ruffalo at anti-fracking rally, fracking being another sell-off of public assets for the short-term benefit of a few at the long-term expense of the many.|
|Teachout and Wu|
|Sierra Club endorsed Teachout and Wu and fracking was one reason|
|Center Lucy Koteen of Citizens Defending Libraries and the Sierra Club. On the left Mark Ruffalo. On right an activist and victim of fracking, his water poisoned by fracking|
|Tim Wu earlier in the week on steps of Tweed Court House at anti-fracking rally, fracking being another sell-off of public assets for the short-term benefit of a few at the long-term expense of the many|
|From NY1 coverage of Teachout's press conference calling for an investigation into the raiding of the LICH assets to intentionally bankrupt the hospital. At the other end of Brooklyn Heights Citizens Defending Libraries has launched its Citizens Audit And Investigation of the Brooklyn Public Library for very similar reasons.|
Here is the media advisory Citizens Defending Libraries issued in connection with the event:
New York City
WHAT: Zephyr Teachout, Tim Wu and Citizens Defending Libraries will call for an immediate halt to library sales, shrinkage and underfunding
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 4:00 P.M.
WHERE: 42nd Street Central Reference Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018
Zephyr Teachout has, throughout her campaign for governor, called for a return to the adequate funding of libraries and related public benefits like schools and hospitals, rather than what we have now, a political system that is out of control, with special interests diverting funds from the real needs and priorities of the state’s citizenry.
Tim Wu, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, is Ms. Teachout’s running mate. Before Mr. Wu joined Ms. Teachout in this campaign he was writing and commenting extensively about those who, through monopolization and privatization of the public commons and shared assets, would limit, control and commercialize the free flow of information, ideas and public content. A lawyer and recognized expert in the field of communications, Mr. Wu is credited with coining the phase “net neutrality.”
Citizens Defending Libraries was formed to fight the sale of public libraries to private developers with the shrinkages of New York City libraries and the elimination of books and librarians for the purpose of creating real estate deals that benefit the well-connected, but not the public. Libraries are about democracy.
Saturday, Citizens Defending Libraries, Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu will join together will calling for a halt to the impoverishment of the public realm represented by the sale of irreplaceable public assets.
In today's world the effects of wealth and political inequality are rampant and this imbalance is of the utmost importance to where we are headed as a society. The best example of how far things go awry with such inequality gaining the upper hand is the plundering of our publicly owned assets. Selling, shrinking libraries, putting their resources out of reach, leads to a vicious cycle of decreased democracy and opportunity, leading to more wealth and political inequality.
Carolyn E. McIntyre, Michael D. D. White
Michael White, 718-834-6184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn McIntyre, 917-757-6542 email@example.com
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For photos and videos of prior Citizens Defending Libraries rallies opposing the sale, shrinkage, underfunding of New York City libraries, and elimination of books and librarians in the year and a half since its founding, see:
PHOTO GALLERIES- PAST EVENTS
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