Newark Mayor Cory Booker urges justice and liberty efforts at MLK event
By Joe Kimball
Published Mon, Jan 17 2011 12:52 pm
Cory Booker, the Newark, N.J., mayor who’s raising national political eyebrows for tackling inner city problems (and for using Twitter to help in the December blizzard cleanup), told those attending today’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial breakfast to work hard for justice and liberty if they want results.
“Hope is still real and the dream is still alive. We must stand up because people stood for us,” the keynote speaker told the crowd of a couple of thousand, reports Elizabeth Dunbar of MPR.
“We have come to a point in America where too many people think democracy is a spectator sport,” Booker told the Minneapolis gathering. “You’ve got to be in the game … The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood … It’s not about what they’re saying, it’s about what we’re doing.”
Booker became a social media superstar during the East Coast blizzard, when he and his staff responded to residents’ Twitter reports of snow-related problems by shoveling and sending plows. Booker tweeted during the storm such things as: “Just doug [sic] a car out on Springfield Ave and broke the cardinal rule: ‘Lift with your Knees!!’ I think I left part of my back back there.”
And when he learned, via Twitter, that a resident couldn’t get out to buy diapers, he showed up at her house an hour later, with diapers.
Booker easily won re-election to a second term as mayor last year, and is working on the crime rate in Newark and on improving infrastructure, schools and parks.