Thursday, September 02, 2004

This man was outside St. Mark's Church last night, raising funds to help Josh Banno get out of jail and home. I took some pictures of the church, which is serving as a sanctuary for protesters who need a place to live this week. Seeds of Peace and Food Not Bombs have set up an outdoor kitchen to make sure people can eat, and others are offering yoga and meditation classes inside the church to provide a rest for body and mind. It looks like at least a few dozen activists are camping out in the churchyard. There is something so medieval about the idea that when the king is angry with you, you can take shelter in the church - and it is inspiring to see a community organization which is not per se political taking a stand instead of trying to stay neutral. St. Mark's, of course, has a long history of taking a stand on behalf of the every day people of New York.
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