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Black Lives Matter chief calls Invoice de Blasio’s vaccine mandate ‘modern-day freedom papers’

A frontrunner inside the Higher New York chapter of the Black Lives Matter motion is chastising New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate and vaccine passport course of for residents, equating it to “modern-day freedom papers.”

Chivona Newsome, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Higher NY who additionally ran as a candidate for New York’s 15th Congressional District in 2020, spoke out in opposition to the “racist” mandate in a press release to Fox Information.

“Though Mayor Invoice De Blasio ran on progressives values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his marketing campaign guarantees,” Newsome mentioned. “The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and particularly targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern-day Freedom Papers, which restrict the free will of Black folks.”


Newsome additionally accused De Blasio of failing “to guard New York’s most susceptible” all through the COVID-19 pandemic, including that the “social distancing and masks necessities resulted in Black New Yorkers being brutalized and arrested whereas their White neighbors acquired masks and refreshments.”

“The vaccination mandates infringe upon the civil liberties of the Black group,” Newsome claimed. “It’s greater than the place we will dine or get pleasure from leisure, it’s going to end in lack of revenue. As of Monday, September 27, Black healthcare employees and educators will lose their jobs.”

In accordance with Newsome, De Blasio was “absolutely conscious of the hesitancy and mistrust folks of African descent have about vaccination and their interactions with authorities and regulation enforcement,” but he nonetheless “selected to disenfranchise and pressure the very individuals who elected him into poverty and second class citizenship.”

Newsome vowed to forestall the vaccine mandate from getting used as “a free cross to racism” and mentioned that Black Lives Matter Higher NY plans to “reveal” till the vaccine mandate is “abolished.”


“It’s the obligation of Black Lives Matter Higher NY to struggle for the Liberty of Black folks,” Newsome advised Fox Information. “The vaccination passport is not going to be a free cross to racism. Our group pledges to reveal till the vaccine mandate is abolished.”

The mandate, announced by de Blasio in early August, requires that each employees and clients of sure classes of companies like eating places, gyms, and film theaters present proof that they’ve been vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus as a way to enter.

However because the rule went into impact, there have been studies of disputes at a number of institutions, which have additionally been burdened with manning the entrance traces of its enforcement. 

Such a dispute was the explanation BLM Higher NY held an illustration on Monday in entrance of Carmine’s Italian Restaurant, the place protesters demanded justice for the Black ladies who have been purportedly denied entry.


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