The New York City Council will hold a hearing tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. on a resolution to urge the governor and state legislator to allow religious organizations to rent public schools, the office of Councilman Fernando Cabrera announced this afternoon.
The hearing will follow a press conference and an early morning public demonstration during which pastors, council members, and churchgoers will wash the steps of the Department of Education at 52 Chambers Street.
Despite silence from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Pastor Bill Devlin of Manhattan Bible Church and others are hopeful that the resolution will receive a favorable vote, allowing it to proceed to the House and Senate where it will appear as Bill A8800 and Senate Bill 6087A.
Unfortunately, the mayor isn't the only one who is silent: Some of the largest churches in the city including Times Square Church, Brooklyn Tabernacle, and Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem have not shown any form of support for churches who face eviction on Feb. 12.
"Their brother pastors are hurting and in need of help...[they] are broken-hearted that their fellow pastors from these big churches are not coming alongside to help," said Devlin. Devlin says they still have time to get involved.
On Feb. 6 --- the day Nelson Castro will present the bill before the Assembly --- Devlin is leading an awareness campaign during which activists will canvas the offices of senators and assemblymen, urging their support.