Community Leaders Demand Accountability

Council Members David A. Rivera and members of the Puerto Rican and Somali community stand together in condemning President Trump’s racist statements regarding Congresswomen Ohmar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Pressley.

Council Member Rivera states “I am a proud Puerto Rican and I stand with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez as a Puerto Rican elected official. Puerto Ricans are just as much a part of the backbone of this country as anyone else.

We cannot stay silent as the President continues to try and divide our country.

I urge my elected colleagues in State and County Government to join me in unity against racism from the President and demand he apologizes to the four Congresswomen. I represent Buffalonians on the Common Council who come to our city from Somalia, Yemen, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan, and Puerto Rico, and despite the different languages we speak and different holidays we celebrate, there is no question that we are all Americans and our differences are at the core of what makes all of us American.”