New York City Elects Bill de Blasio for Mayor, But It's Not Over - The Jose Vilson

New York City Elects Bill de Blasio for Mayor, But It’s Not Over

by Jose Vilson on November 5, 2013

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Mayor Elect Bill deBlasio

Mayor Elect Bill deBlasio

As I type this, party planners will set up confetti on nets in the ceiling, soon to rain on the ardent and diverse supporters of presumed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. NYC will have voted him in by the largest margin of any mayor in the city’s history. With a populist message and a charisma in stark contrast to current Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent curmudgeonly press conferences, de Blasio isn’t just a candidate who stands against his predecessor, but for a clear platform that gives New York back to the blue collar workers. People have made a lot about de Blasio’s children, one of whom sports an afro akin to Questlove’s, but as powerful as imagery is, I believe people are ready for a serious change and de Blasio represents that more than the other candidates pushed to the fore.

Voting, as simple as it seems, is not enough. It never was.

When I see the history of suffrage, especially as it pertains to people of color and women, I see a struggle to get the opportunity to vote for the right candidate as conscious citizens should. I also see movements that didn’t stop at the legislative house. Whatever your particular brand of activism is, let’s have it. Having Bill de Blasio as mayor (as with any candidate the people elect) won’t be enough to enact change. Voting is but the first step in a long line of things we do from voting period to voting period.

Congratulations to the de Blasios, and I’m ecstatic about the chance to see progressivism return to the city. Maybe every municipal worker in the city will finally get a renewed contract. Yet, I also know I can’t put my feet up now that Bloomberg’s out. The political process includes voting, but it’s not the end-all-be-all. For many of us, it’s just the beginning …

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retiredbutmissthekids November 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I hope that he is the “real deal” (a BLUE Democrat in the progressive sense such as Alan Grayson & Elizabeth Warren) & not an Obama (in the education arena, at least).
Congratulations to NYC if it all pans out!!!

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nikki stevens November 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Congratulation NYC. I wish NJ had the humanity to vote for a governor that cared about all people, especially the poor and middle class. All he wants to do is close urban public schools and put charter schools in urban areas so his friends can make money off of poor students. He knows he can fool urban parents and use them to help him destroy their children’s school. More residents in Camden should have voted so they could have had a mayor that cared about the residents in Camden and not the rich people they think will move into Camden. So NYC I wish we could say we voted out the bad ad voted in the good, but we didn’t. Maybe four years from now NJ will vote for a caring governor and Camden if she hasn’t been destroyed will vote for a caring mayor.

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Shannon November 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I’m working toward my masters of education and certification in political science and economics right now and this post caught my eye because what you said is what I want to teach when I have my own civics or government classroom.

I want my students to know how hard we have worked and how much more there is to do. Perhaps even more importantly, I want them to know how they can be a part of that; that the American version of democracy doesn’t end in the voting booth or when CNN calls the election.

I was fairly politically active before I started grad school and now I’m student teaching in economics, so that has been at the forefront of my mind. Your post, however, has made me think about my first love again and how I can help my students see politics like you do.

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