Saturday, October 22, 2016
Homeless family joins anti-shelter rally, tells de Blasio to stop lying
More than 100 demonstrators, along with bipartisan coalition of three state senators and two city Council Members, stood at the steps of City Hall Friday to speak out on Mayor Bill de Blasio and DHS Commissioner Steven Banks' mismanagement of the homeless crisis.
"Dump the dope from Park Slope! Dump the dope from Park Slope!" they chanted loudly. The chants have echoed in the outer boroughs in recent months and were heard loud and clear Friday morning.
One of the demonstrators at the rally, Alan Diaz, is a working father of two children. He also has been homeless for two years.
"The system is only getting worse," Diaz said.
The evidence is all around the city's landscape with cardboard, shopping carts and mini-encampments becoming more prevalent.
PIX 11 News asked Diaz if he had any message for Mayor de Blasio considering his office was a few yards behind him.
"To make a change, to make the system better, to stop saying that is better and actually make it better. And stop lying to the people and tell them the truth," Diaz said.
A Mayor's Office spokeswoman responded for the Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Banks in an email statement:
“Local elected officials should have the courage to take on this problem with the mayor, rather than rally against housing homeless children in their communities.”
Raw videos from rally can be watched here.