January 19, 2012
NY pastor's hunger strike enters day 19. Protest movement grows.
Update: Monday, Jan. 23.
The website nycreligion.org reports that Pastor Dimas, who has been engaged in a protest fast, has suspended his fast due to an underlying heart condition. This coming Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m., Christians and others will lead a protest walk across the Brooklyn bridge as part of their campaign for the City of New York to reverse its policy to ban worship from public school buildings after hours.
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The public stand-off between pastors in New York City and the city's Department of Education over use of school buildings for worship is anything but resolved.
The website, NYC Religion, this morning posted this update:
Pastor Dimas Salaberrios is on his 19th day of a hunger strike against a city policy that will kick out over 60 churches and other religious groups from worshipping in public schools during the off-hours. His effort is one of many protests, prayer gatherings, and pastoral sit-ins organized during the last three weeks by religious leaders, council members, and lay members. Last Thursday, during mayor Bloomberg's State of the City address at Morris high school, 43 protestors against the policy were arrested.
To read the full report, including medical details about the pastor's physical condition, click here.