NYC mayor speaks at G-20 protest
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his decision to fly to Germany and speak at a protest on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting, arguing that cities need to work around global leaders to fight climate change and income inequality.
“It’s a variation on the concept of voting with your feet,” de Blasio, a Democrat, said in an interview before speaking at the Hamburg Shows Attitude protest Saturday. “While the national governments will probably only make limited progress, the rest of us don’t have that choice. If we make only limited progress, we’ll only be going backwards.”
Critics said de Blasio was going to Hamburg to grandstand on a global stage while ignoring the city’s problems and that he’d left town too soon after the Wednesday killing in the Bronx of police officer Miosotis Familia.
Eric Phillips, de Blasio’s spokesman, said the mayor agreed to go only after making sure he would be able to attend Familia’s funeral, scheduled for Tuesday. He’s to return to New York today.
Fox Ramos, 12, from Emmett, Idaho, works on his robot Saturday as students from across the nation and from other countries gather in Norman, Okla., for the “Botball” challenges during a Global Conference on Educational Robots.