Press Release – Parks & Rec
Attempts To Prevent Public Testimony
By Moving Hearing Up At Last Minute To
Today April 25, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
The city’s attempt to undermine the legal process and pass this unconstitutional regulation is clear. Upon announcement of the Mayor’s ban on outdoor meals to the homeless, the public had 30 days to comment. Public comment was provided both in writing and in person at Philadelphia City Council on April 12, 2012. There was so much public comment that the President of City Council deemed it nessisary to accept the comments and not to proceed with any further in that session.
A hearing by Parks & Rec was to be held on May 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM. This was verified by Councilwomen Jannie Blackwell’s office. We were informed late yesterday afternoon by a homeless advocate that the meeting was changed to today (April 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM).
There was a task force developed by the city which was to address the regulations and the needs of those we serve. I spoke with three members of the task force this morning including Councilwomen’s Blackwell’s office and they were not even informed of the change.
There has to be something legally wrong with this. I encourage everyone to show up a the hearing tonight in the masses to protest this injustice.
I am petitioning the press to continue to follow this story as we stand up for the rights of our homeless friends.
To our supporters, I have created a link on the front of our website which I will keep updated of important dates and meetings I hear of. I would encourage you to check the site twice a day in case something like this happens again.
Members Of The Press Are Encouraged To Cover This
Today April 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Municiple Services Building 16th Floor
Brian Jenkins, Executive Director of Chosen 300 and organizations part of the coalition for outdoor meals will be testifying against the Mayor’s Ban on outdoor meals to the homeless.
For more information on Chosen 300 log on to www.chosen300.org or contact Brian Jenkins at 215-837-1642.