Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 18, 2011, 8:33 a.m. EST by justicia
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The Guardian (UK):
Desmond Tutu urges Trinity Church to allow Occupy protester camp
South African archbishop enters row over Wall Street church's refusal to allow a winter encampment on its property
In a letter to OWS, Tutu describes Trinity Church, on Wall Street, as an "esteemed and valued old friend" but said it caused him pain to hear of the impasse in negotiations between OWS and the church over the site.
"Sisters and Brothers, I greet you in the Name of Our Lord and in the bonds of common friendship and struggle from my homeland of South Africa. I know of your own challenges and of this appeal to Trinity Church for the shelter of a new home and I am with you! May God bless this appeal of yours and may the good people of that noble parish heed your plea, if not for ease of access, then at least for a stay on any violence or arrests."
He said: "I appeal to them to find a way to help you. I appeal to them to embrace the higher calling of Our Lord Jesus Christ – which they live so well in all other ways – but now to do so in this instance...can we not rearrange our affairs for justice sake?"
The matter is expected to come to a head on Saturday, during a day of action after a call to re-occupy former locations or find alternative camps.
Bishop George Packard, former chaplain for the armed services and decorated Vietnam veteran who has acted as the liaison in negotiations between the church and protesters, wrote on his blog this week that Duarte Square could be the new home for OWS "or not." He went on: "Trinity might mobilize platoons of police in riot gear and ring this sad little place with multiple barricades. No room at this Inn!" [...]