October 18, 2011: Meeting with A Partnership of Faith in New York City
Around the table:
Mary Burns Hoff, Faith group coordinator,(contact info redacted)
Imam of Muslim Brotherhood
All Saints Minister
Presentation: we need bedding, clothing, toiletries, tents. A church is donating tents. A non-profit is coordinating a tent-like alternative. Another organization is providing a heating source.
Rabbi- concerns about logistics: where do people go to the bathroom; as the community grows, where will people go?
Sparro- negotiations have broken down
Muslim Brotherhood: since the weekend? (yes) tent city and portajohns are what you want?
S- they are building a case against us based on sanitation– we need to get everything organized into tents. We are working with the OWS town planning committee to figure out what we need.
MB- we need to link this effort to tent cities throughout history– MLK’s assassination did not derail plans for poverty march tent city.
Rabbi- it needs to remain civil and calm as it has been- strength of the movement so far– need to avoid faceoff w/ police
Sparro- our target date is next thursday– 9 days
R- we want to get involved– help the city understand that you’re not by yourselves. Explore negotiations and leadership contacts.
Unitarian- on the legal side– do we have counsel?
MB- the tactic will be to wait you out– it’s getting cold! Would it be beneficial for religious institutions to sponsor portajohns? Murder of AbuJamal, they sponsored buses– 1 per church?
R- roadmap: share w/leadership
partnership of 20 years, since Crown Heights debacle
handle money through Partnership of Faith
Sparro- we get the product, not the bureaucracy.
R- asks other members to contact people in city
-coordinated by Mary
need a contact person: ORLANDO
need to ramp up the pressure for a solution
Sparro- give idea of financial need
ask partnership to direct funding to company making alternative structures
50 alternative tents at 150$ each (7500$)
To Do: Send proposal to Mary (money request)
and presentation on the situation facing Comfort
and outline of working group organization