October 18, 2011: Meeting with A Partnership of Faith in New York City

Around the table:

Unitarian Minister

Mary Burns Hoff, Faith group coordinator,(contact info redacted)

Imam of Muslim Brotherhood

All Saints Minister

Professor

Rabbi Rubenstein

Sarah-OWS

Michael-OWS

Sparro-OWS

Leon-OWS

 

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

Judson

250 tents

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

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