Black Lives Matter Leader Calls Bill de Blasio’s Vaccine Mandate “Modern Day Freedom Papers”


A leader of the Greater New York chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement berates New York mayor Bill de Blasio for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate and a vaccine passport process for residents, likening it to “papers of freedom of modern times ”.

Chivona Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Greater NY who also ran as a candidate for New York’s 15th Congressional District in 2020, spoke out against the “racist” mandate in a statement to Fox News.

“Although Mayor Bill De Blasio has run on progressive values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his campaign promises,” Newsome said. “The September 13 vaccination mandate is racist and specifically targets black New Yorkers. Vaccination passports are modern Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of black people.”


Newsome also accused De Blasio of failing to “protect New York’s most vulnerable” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that “social distancing and mask requirements have resulted in brutality and arrest of black New Yorkers while their white neighbors received masks and refreshments.

“Vaccination warrants violate the civil liberties of the black community,” Newsome said. “It’s more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will lead to lost income. As of Monday, September 27, black healthcare workers and educators will lose their jobs.”

According to Newsome, De Blasio was “fully aware of the reluctance and mistrust of people of African descent towards vaccination and their interactions with government and law enforcement,” but he still “chose to disenfranchise their rights and force the very people who elected him into poverty and second-class citizenship.”

Newsome pledged to prevent the vaccination warrant from being used as a “free pass to racism” and said Black Lives Matter Greater NY planned to “protest” until the vaccine warrant was released. “Abolished”.


“It is the duty of Black Lives Matter Greater NY to fight for black freedom,” Newsome told Fox News. “The vaccination passport will not be a pass to racism. Our organization is committed to protesting until the vaccination mandate is abolished.”

The mandate, announcement by de Blasio in early August, requires workers and customers in certain categories of businesses such as restaurants, gyms and cinemas to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to enter.

But since the rule came into effect, disputes have been reported at several establishments, which have also been tasked with handling the front lines of its enforcement.

Such a dispute was why BLM Greater NY held a protest on Monday outside Italian restaurant Carmine’s, where protesters demanded justice for black women who were reportedly denied entry.


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