The court heard closing arguments today. But, in addition, the city filed another brief last night. So the lawyers and the judge discussed and asked questions about some of that first.
The judge ruled in our favor on all aspects. He was very thorough and understood the very complex, human face of this problem. We have an injunction against the ban on serving food in Fairmount Park until after the trial which will occur sometime early next year.
We wish to especially thank Paul Messing, who got this whole thing rolling, because he “was as mad as hell at the mayor.” Sometimes great things start with less than perfect motivation. We also thank our co-counsels, Mary Catherine Roper from PA ACLU and Seth Kreimer from the Homeless Advocacy Project.
We want to thank our co-plaintiffs, whom I am getting to know and appreciate more and more as this process continues: Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300, Violet Little of The Welcome Church and Adam Bruckner of Philly Restart.
We want to thank all from all over the world who have been interceding on behalf of this case and the poor and homeless on whose behalf it is being waged.
It isn’t over. Please keep praying.
Now I’ve got to get ready to go down to the parkway to serve tonight.