Bill Thompson is a 2013 New York City mayoral candidate
According to Danny Rubin of the People's World, "Bill Thompson will have the overwhelming vote of the African American and the Afro-Caribbean community, where his roots are. He has strong ties in Brooklyn where both he and his father had long political careers, and has been endorsed by Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano, state Senator Jose Serrano, Jr., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., and the Bronx Democratic Party. . As well, Thomson has the endorsements of a growing number of African American elected officials, including Manhattan Democratic Party leader Denny Farrell, State Assemblyman Karim Camara, Congressman Gregory Meeks and the Rev. Floyd Flake.
Thompson also is endorsed by Merryl Tisch, the head of the State Regents and by former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, who is in charge of the campaign's team dealing with budget and finances. And Thompson has a shot at some labor endorsements, especially from unions that backed him when he ran in 2009. It is expected that racially oppressed voters will go for Thompson, assuming that John Liu's numbers do not improve. Thompson has had strong ties to the Jewish community that may produce some results."
The name Bill Thompson appears associated with several communist/radical fronts, organizations and causes, and because it is a common name, presents some problems in accurately identifying the individual referred to. KW will make its best attempts to present accurate information on the person in the photgraph.
- Bill Thompson - a Bill Thompson was listed as the President of the West Virginia Black Lung & Disabled Miners' Association in a notice for a "Counter-Inaugural" protest in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 1985 against Pres. Reagan. The protest was sponsored by the then Trotskyite Workers World Party (WWP) fronts, All-Peoples Congress (APC) and People's Anti-War Mobilization, (PAM).
Muslim Democratic Club of New York
New York City’s first Muslim club is looking to have an impact on the mayor’s race. And organizers of the group, the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, cited current Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies–notably, the city police department’s controversial Muslim surveillance efforts–as a key motivating factor as they seek to ensure his successor follows a new path.
“The mayor has been a problem for this community,” one club leader, Ali Najmi, said. “We want to send a message to City Hall that the next mayor needs to treat us differently.”
Robert Jackson of Harlem, the only Muslim member on the New York City Council, spoke to the crowd. So did Zead Ramadan, who is also Muslim and is one of the candidates running this year to replace Jackson.
- PW, New York mayoral race: look at social forces behind candidates, by: Danny Rubin, June 6 2013
- Guardian, ad, "Demonstration Against Reagan's Inauguration", Jan. 9, 1985, P. 6