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Black Solidarity Day Rally for Bill Thompson

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:35 p.m.

Weusi continued, "Despite the hundreds of millions [the most ever spent on any election in the U.S.] to make us think otherwise, we only have one option. We must defy the pollsters. We must defy our misguided clergy leaders. We must disappoint the great General Colin Powell. We must declare that our solidarity, displayed in 1989 with the first Dinkins campaign and again last year in 2008 for Barack Obama, is our most important weapon. Does Black solidarity mean anything to us? If so, let's send that message on November 3. Let's put a new mayor in City Hall on November 3. Let's support Bill Thompson!"

Traveling on a New York City subway train this week, straphangers were amused to hear over the intercom: "Keep your belongings close to you at all times. Don't forget, if you see something, say something. Eight is enough."

Those who caught it murmured various comments. A short while later, here came the chirpy dude again, "Step in, step in. Mind the closing doors. Step in all the way. We're trying to move. This city has stagnated."

Asked later about his comments, the conductor merely smiled, responding, "Ah, you got that, huh? I was trying to be subliminal. Eight is enough!"

The Pre-Black Solidarity Day Rally will take place at Brooklyn Boys and Girls High School (1700 Fulton Street at Utica Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant) on Sunday, November 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. There will be live entertainment and speakers from the community along with vendors.

For more information, call (718) 638-6700, (718) 773-0246 or (718) 857-1427.