New Yorkers deliberate way foward after Bloomberg’s withdrawal
The convener of the Mike Bloomberg for President Group, Sheikh Musa Drammeh, has gathered New Yorkers to deliberate way forward after the withdrawal of Mike Bloomberg from the US presidential race.
According to Sheikh Musa, the support for Mike’s presidential ambition was as a result of his pristine records as the Mayor of New York city.
At the gathering, which was held on Friday March 6th 2020, he welcomed the New Yorkers, especially true-blue members of his political group: New York Political Coalition.
He also shared his ugly experiences as a resident in New York city before the emergence of the messiah, whose administration brought sanity and economic prospects to the city.
“My name is Sheikh Musa Drammeh. I have been a New York City resident since 1986. I came to live in Harlem in the height of the drug epidemic, rundown buildings, rampant violet crimes, extreme poverty and the young population whose families celebrated each day that they are not being incarcerated or murdered,” he stated.
“Indeed eighties and nineteen were among the darkest times for New Yorkers, particularly the Black and Latino New Yorkers,” he noted.
As a New Yorker, who witnessed most incidents that convulsed the United States, he recounted his ugly encounters with miscreants in the city.
“As a New Yorker who witnessed the crack epidemic, AIDS, 9/11 terrorism, and the greatest socioeconomic and educational achievement gaps among New Yorkers, I think I have a personal appreciation for what our city has become.
I have been shot at, stabbed, slashed, beaten up and robbed multiple times at gunpoint in the Bronx and Harlem. In short, I have the scares to prove it.
“Then came Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Upon taking office while World Trade Center dusts were still simmering in the deserted Financial District, he was able to bring back the city economically and efficiently. He was able to make it the safest big city in the nation. He made it one of the healthiest, prettiest and most beautiful place to live, work and visit. He improved school performance, race relations, banned public smoking, and positively changed outdoor socialization venues. He stood up for all New Yorkers including the marginalized, LGBTQ and immigrants. He protected personal and religious freedoms of all new Yorkers. He was influenced by the needs of New Yorkers and not that of special interest groups or partisan bosses. He put his resources in good use for our betterment. He is a patriot whose deeds speak louder than his mouth. Just to name a few,” he explained.
He informed the gathering that despite Mike’s withdrawal from the race, he never lost faith. He therefore suggested that the group name,”Mike Bloomberg for President” be changed to “Mike Bloomberg for Purpose”.
“Therefore I, along with countless New Yorkers, wanted him to run for president ever since he left office. In 2014, in anticipation of the upcoming presidential elections, I decided to set up “Bloomberg For President” group to help convince him to run. He did not. But I never lost faith. When he finally jumped in late last year in the campaign, ‘Bloomberg For President’ quickly grew from 24 members to becoming the largest and fastest growing grassroots promoter of his candidacy on the social media.
“Now, although Mr. Bloomberg is no longer a candidate for president, his ideals must continue to be promoted nationally and globally. To this end, we’ve decided to slightly change the name from ‘Bloomberg For President’ to ‘Bloomberg For Purpose’ and continue expanding the platform and promote his noble causes, initiatives and legislative priorities,” he added.
Sheikh Musa expressed his profound gratitude to the gathering and enjoined them to support Bloomberg’s initiatives toward national development.
“Last but not least, I would like to express my profound honor for having you all join this movement. Let us build a national platform to help Bloomberg with his noble initiatives and policy priorities,” he concluded.