“Dissent is not what it used to be,” Teeboom said Tuesday in an hour-long interview at City Hall. King sat to his right at a meeting room table, and the pair discussed the First Amendment with an ease that suggested they’ve worked together for years.
“We made it possible for other people to come forward,” King said Tuesday, a day after the board overturned the policy. “We protected the rights of people who didn’t know they needed protecting.”
We don't have the Hollywood/NY power of the other Fokkers (yes, De Niro is a favorite; classmate Molly Shannon opens 'Analyze This' with Billy Crystal), and we don't own our own film festival in Tribeca, but my team will be out in the community -- as I have been since 1995 -- raising funds to make this endeavor the focal point of KingCast videos. It is a prescriptive model and civics lesson on how to successfully petition government for redress.
To Teeboom, 68, and King, 41, their advocacy represented another fight in the larger war to win back liberties they say have sharply eroded over the years, particularly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
This also makes a worthy prologue for James O'Brien's finished manuscript (1/2).