2020-11-24 12:14:29

Remembering NYC's Only Black Mayor David Dinkins

Democracy Now! speaks with DN co-host Juan González about the deaths of two leading figures he reported on: New York City Mayor David Dinkins and beloved Puerto Rican social leader Carlos "Taso" Zenón.

"Most people forget [Dinkins] was a Democratic Socialist before democratic socialism was in vogue," notes González.

He also recalls how Dinkins backed the movement against apartheid in South Africa, ordering the city to divest its pension fund from companies doing business there, and brought Nelson Mandela to the city right after he was freed.

González also recalls how Zenón was a longtime activist who for decades led the fight against the U.S. Navy's occupation of the island of Vieques, his hometown, where the U.S. government tested weapons and held military training exercises.

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Amy Goodman Carlos Taso Zenón David Dinkins Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Juan Gonzalez New York City

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