NYC Leaders, Yo Soy 132 and Occupy Movement Rally against Carlos Slim
Several prominent New York City Leaders, Yo Soy 132, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC have formed a new coalition – Two Countries One Voice – in protest of Carlos Slim’s monopolistic practices, and the coalition will hold a noontime press conference in New York City and kick-off a four-day protest in front of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Mexican businessman Carlos Slim is the richest man in the world and he owns a 16 percent interest in the chain of upscale department stores, in addition to interests in other American institutions, according to the coalition.
The group says that Slim has price-gouged Mexican customers billions of dollars for basic telephone and Internet service. They point out that those specifically and most profoundly affected by these business practices are rural and poor communities.that the impact of Carlos
DATE: Monday, August 6, 2012
TIME: 12 P.M. EDT
WHERE: La Fuente
25 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
The group also says that Slim’s monopoly has resulted in Mexico ranking last in public investment in telecommunications compared with 33 other countries featured in an Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) report.
The following individuals and organizations will be at the press conference:
- Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYS Senate, 31st District
- Assembly member Nelson Castro, NYS Assembly, 86th District
- Assembly member Robert J. Rodriguez, NYS Assembly, 68th District
- Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC Council, 10th District
- Juan Jose Gutierrez, Leader of Two Countries One Voice
- Andres Ramirez, Leader of Two Countries One Voice
- Antonio Attolini, Representative of Yo Soy 132
- Mariana Fabela, Representative of Yo Soy 132 and a graduate student at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
- George Martinez, Representative of Occupy Wall Street and Adjunct professor of political science at Pace University
- Lucia Gomez Jimenez, Executive Director, La Fuente, Inc.
- Nieves Padilla, Community Organizer, Make the Road NY
You can follow the organizations Twitter account @2paises1voz for live Tweets during the press conference and protests.
Protests will be held nightly Tuesday-Friday from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Check back at Dos Lives for video of the press conference and protests.